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Sharing Goodness This Lent - Catholic Relief Services’ CRS Rice Bowl

February 28, 2022

From the Office for Social Ministry

As we prepare for Ash Wednesday this week, Pope Francis invites us all to use Lent as a time for personal conversion and acts of charity, saying that life’s truth and beauty may be found not so much in possessing as in giving; not so much in accumulating, as in sowing and sharing goodness.

Catholic Relief Services’ CRS Rice Bowl program is an annual Lenten faith-in-action program that offers many opportunities to share goodness with others. Families are able to participate in online activities to engage in the three spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Parishioners also get a chance to come together as a faith community to support our sisters and brothers around the world.

Please post the following announcement in your parish bulletin for the First Sunday of Lent on March 6:


As we begin our Lenten journey, reflect on how your prayers, fasting and almsgiving can guide you.  As Pope Francis explains, these are “elements which, when lived sincerely, can transform life and provide a sure foundation for dignity and fraternity.” How can practicing the Lenten pillars transform your life and the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world?

We also ask that you add the following RICE BOWL PRAYER INTENTIONS in your Sunday liturgy:


Trusting in the mercy and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who calls us to recognize our own needs as well as the needs of our global human family, we voice our petitions saying, “Lord hear our prayer.”

For our sisters and brothers experiencing poverty, hunger and malnutrition, that they may access the resources they need to stay healthy and thrive.  We pray to the Lord…

For our community, that our prayers, fasting and almsgiving this Lent bear fruit by drawing us closer to God and others.  We pray to the Lord…

For help in accessing any Rice Bowl resources, you can visit the Office for Social Ministry website, send an email to itamashiro@rcchawaii.org or call (808) 203-6702.