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CRS Rice Bowl 2020 ~ Diocese of Honolulu

Encounter Lent - For Lent for Life

We are called to build a culture of encounter.

Jesus made that clear from the way he lived, the message he preached. Pope Francis makes that clear by his own daily example. And we have a host of holy men and women who have come before us, who have gone to the margins of society so that every member of our human family might know the love of God.

Now, it’s our turn. With the spiritual pillars of Lent at our disposal, we set out on a 40-day journey, a journey of encounter with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

  • Through prayer, we encounter Christ, present in the faces of every member of our human family, so often still walking that long road to Calvary.
  • Through fasting, we encounter our own obstacles, those things about ourselves that prevent us from loving God and neighbor.
  • Through almsgiving, we encounter our brothers and sisters around the world, asking what we can give up so that others might have life to the fullest.

Lent is our time to encounter, to cultivate a spirit of global solidarity. CRS Rice Bowl is our tool, Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities, a vehicle through which the stories of communities around the world can be shared, an invitation through which our prayers and Lenten sacrifices can change lives.

This year’s CRS Rice Bowl provides a unique opportunity to connect with the global migration campaign, Share the Journey, launched by Pope Francis last fall. Through stories, videos, and family activities, we can include migrants and refugees in our Lenten prayers, and remember families who have been through so much as we fast from food, give alms and do works of mercy.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor. Each day of Lent, individuals are invited to use the Lenten Calendar—included with every CRS Rice Bowl—to guide their Lenten almsgiving. These daily almsgiving activities—for example, give 25 cents for every faucet found in your home—help families reflect on the realities of our brothers and sisters around the world and how they can be in solidarity during the Lenten season.

How will you contribute to the culture of encounter this Lent?

For more Hawaii Rice Bowl information, please go to:

For the CRS Stoies of Hope featuring the Diocese of Honolulu, please go to:

Related Links

CRS Rice Bowl Prayer in Hawaiian

CRS Rice Bowl 2020 Bulletin Announcements

CRS Rice Bowl 2020 Prayer Intentions

CRS Rice Bowl 2020 Lenten Family Calendar

Hawaii Catholic Herald CRS Articles:

From the Bishop (2020)


Dear Friends in Christ,

Peace be with you!

The season of Lent calls us to draw closer to Jesus, the Son of God, who shared and redeemed our vulnerable humanity. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invites us to participate in the Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and acts of mercy through Catholic Relief Services-CRS Rice Bowl and to encounter Christ with others in need around the world, transforming vulnerability into stories of hope.

Throughout Lent this year, the CRS Rice Bowl journey reflects on the hopeful Gospel story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with just a few loaves and fishes. At the heart of this miracle, a poor youth offers to share his humble food with others who are hungry. Christ transforms his sacrifice into abundant nourishment....
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Catholic Social Teaching Principles (PDF):

Share Lenten spirituality while introducing students to Catholic Social Teaching and our Gospel call to serve our brothers and sisters around the world. Click on the link above for a hand-out on Catholic Social Teaching. The principles as they correspond with the Stories of Hope in 2020 are as follows:




Welcome to CRS Rice Bowl 2020. We are so happy to have you join us on this Lenten journey as we travel around God’s beautiful world to meet three girls and their families. When you donate to CRS Rice Bowl, you share your life and your abundance with these families and others like them. Your generosity puts nutritious food on their tables and helps them lead healthier lives. As Jesus teaches us in the Gospel story of the loaves and the fishes, your small offering can feed many, and what may seem like a little, can actually be a lot.

Resources translated in various languages:


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Each year in reviewing the Rice Bowl Collection for the previous year, we have noticed our ethnic catholic communities are very generous. Three years ago, when a group of Chuukese women in Hawaii were featured in the CRS Stories of Hope, we made an extra effort to get the stories translated in Chuukese.  We provided copies to the Chukese Community and they told us that the translations were very well received.  This year, because Vietnam was one of the three countries featured in the CRS Rice Bowl Stories of HOPE, (and the Hawaii Vietnamese community has always been very supportive of CRS Rice Bowl in years past), we made an extra effort to translate this year’s stories of HOPE for our Vietnamese Catholics. 

We have realized that providing translations in languages spoken by members of our ethnic communities is a great way to promote Global Solidarity.  So this year we reached out to individuals who could translate the CRS stories of HOPE into the following languages:  Chuukese, Korean, Samoan and Vietnamese (CRS already provides all their Rice Bowl materials in Spanish).  We want to take this opportunity to express our thanks for these translations.

Kinisou Kinisou chapur!

For the Chuukese translation, we thank deacon’s wife Margarita Cholymay, PhD. The translated stories of HOPE were delivered to and promoted by Fr. Romple Emwalu, Deacons Dino Emwalu, Angken Xymoon, and Peter Soumwei, and cathecist Bridget Nakamura.


For the Korean translation, we thank Dr. Eurina Yujin Cha, Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr. Junghwa Suh, Assistant Professor of Interior Design and Dr. Elizabeth Park, Assistant Professor of Education at Chaminade University. The translated stories of HOPE were sent to and promoted by Fr. Paul Lee.


For the Samoan translations, we thank LTC Leif Fautanu, native of American Samoa and Fr. Faleniko Atonio. The translated stories of HOPE were delivered to and promoted by Fr. Niko Atonio, and Deacon Jerome Lefua.

Cảm ơn!  

For the Vietnamese, translation, we want to thank Jackie Nguyen, native of Vietnam, and a staff member of the Veterans Affairs Homeless Services. The stories of HOPE were delivered to and promoted by Fr. Dominic Nguyen and Deacon Anthony Nguyen.


For the Spanish translations, we thank Catholic Relief Services national office. The translated stories were sent to Msgr. Terry Watanabe, Fr. Lio Faletoi, Fr. Ornoldo Cherrez, Fr Noe Acosta Perez, and Deacons Ricardo Burgos and Modesto Cordero.

Thanks also to Chad Chun who created the table on our diocesan webpage where PDF copies are downloadable.  Electronic copies were sent to the Chaplains and Deacons supporting each ethnic catholic community.  ENews reminders are done weekly in Lent to reach all the parishes. 

The Lenten Prayer found on every CRS Rice Bowl is provided in ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i, the mother tongue of this land.  May Lent bond us as God’s One ‘Ohana in solidarity and love.  Mahalo! Aloha Ke Akua.





CRS Rice Bowl can serve as the foundation to your family’s Lenten journey. We know your family is busy; that’s why CRS has created prayer resources and activities to use during dinner, in the car on the way to school or whenever you have just a few moments to gather together, pause and pray. 



CRS has prepared Lenten resources for educators.

Early Learning Centers, Pre-Schools and Kindergarten Classes

Use the links below to download our placemats/coloring sheets prepared especially for your young students for the Lenten season. Of course you can use it any time of the year, perhaps on their feast days ~

Elementary & Middle Schools

Teachers may also find the Stories of the Saints to be an inspiring way of highlighting the focus country featured in the weekly Story of Hope.

High Schools

Religious Education

Lessons and Activities for Youth in the Parish:

Our diocese’s strategic plan “Stewards of the Gospel” challenges the faithful to be evangelizers – that is, to herald the joy of the gospel. Further, we are called to be disciples who LIVE out the gospel message. Evangelization and discipleship is at the heart of Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program.  

Religious Education students at St. Benedict study, pray, and taste the Rice Bowl meal prepared by their catechists.


Youth Ministry (High School Age)



Young Adults



CRS Ambassadors

Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors from Chaminade University of Honolulu engage and spread awareness about global and local emergencies and injustices through campaigns, prayer services, and advocacy. They have the opportunity to learn about global poverty and injustice to educate their peers; develop leadership skills to engage the campus community; and use God's love as a way to cultivate global discipleship.

CRS Student Ambassadors with the CRS Global Solidarity Coordinator, Thomas Awiapo (middle) of Ghana


Calendar of Events

January 2020

  • 01/31/2020
    Annual Conference of Catholic Educators

February 2020

  • 02/26/2020
    Ash Wednesday

April 2020

  • 04/5/2020
    Palm Sunday
  • 04/9/2020
    Holy Thursday (Parishes turn in Rice Bowls)
  • 04/12/2020