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Bring Lent to Life! 2020 CRS Rice Bowl

February 24, 2020

Lent provides an opportunity to reflect on ways we can encounter God by sharing with others in need—both here in Hawaii and around the world.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we journey with members of our human family around the world, and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving with others in need.

This year, the 2020 CRS Rice Bowl Lenten 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. CRS Rice Bowl helps repeat the miracle by transforming our Lenten sacrifice into nourishment with others in need around the world.

This year’s Lenten Rice Bowl shares compelling Stories of Hope about three young girls whose lives have been transformed through CRS support: Maria Ana, a 16-year old from Honduras; Trinh, a 12-year old from Vietnam; and Yvonne, an 11-year old from Kenya. Through creative multimedia materials (including videos, prayer calendars, and family activities), Rice Bowl helps us share the journey of coming closer to God and encountering Christ with members of our human family around the world through prayers, fasting and acts of mercy.

Keep in mind that 25% of all funds collected in our diocese through Rice Bowl will stay local, working with vulnerable persons and families in our communities. Bishop Larry Silva strongly encourages us all to participate in the CRS Lenten Rice Bowl program and “Witness to Jesus through the miracle of transforming sacrifice into hopeful nourishment with others in need.” For more information about CRS 2020 Rice Bowl and how to bring Lent to life visit www.crsricebowl.org, www.catholichawaii.org, and www.officeforsocialministry.org.

Mahalo, your friends at the Office for Social Ministry