Operation Rice Bowl 2013
What is CRS Rice Bowl?
CRS Rice Bowl, historically known as Operation Rice Bowl, is an opportunity to pray, fast and give alms in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. We pray as a community, fast in solidarity with those who are hungry, and give concrete assistance to those most in need, while we learn about the joys and challenges in the lives of our brothers and sisters globally. Join communities across the Archdiocese – parishes, schools, religious education programs – in this Lenten spirituality program in 2013! Participation can be simple and very fruitful.
Order free materials for your community, available in English and Spanish, on the CRS website. A wealth of materials are available to supplement the rice bowls, including videos, recipes from the countries of focus, lesson plans, and guides for parish leaders and educators.
Questions about CRS Rice Bowl in the Archdiocese of Washington? Contact Catherine Albornoz, CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator at 301-512-1043 or Catherine.email@example.com.
Watch a 1-minute Video of how you can engage in CRS Rice Bowl this year.
Contributions to CRS Rice Bowl provide tangible assistance to our brothers and sisters in need.
In 2012, parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Washington contributed $62,142.61, nearly double the contributions from 2011!
Seventy-five percent of contributions help the poor and vulnerable outside our country through CRS and provides clean drinking water, educates children, trains farmers in sustainable agriculture, promotes maternal and infant health, and assists small business owners.
Twenty-five percent of contributions address local hunger and poverty. From the funds collected in the 2012 Rice Bowl collection, 18 parish food pantries received grants to support their critical work. Funds were distributed regionally based on the percentage of Rice Bowl contributions submitted by that county or city.
The following pantries received these grants: District of Columbia: Holy Name, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis de Sales, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Teresa of Avila; Prince George’s County: Holy Family Hillcrest Heights, St. James, St. Luke in Bladensburg, St. Mark the Evangelist, Mount Calvary; Montgomery County: St. Martin of Tours, Christ the King, Church of the Resurrection, St. Camillus; Charles County: Sacred Heart (Mary’s Food Pantry); St. Mary’s County: Our Lady of the Wayside, Immaculate Heart of Mary; Calvert County: St. John Vianney.
A grant was also given to help support the Mission of Mercy, a special free dental clinic held in Waldorf.
Rice Bowl Awards
In 2012, the archdiocesan Department for Charity and Justice gave the first Rice Bowl Awards to 6 communities for their commitment to the program over the past five years. The Archdiocese recognizes their generosity.
2012 awardees are: St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (DC), Holy Trinity Catholic Church (DC), St. Mary Catholic Church, (Bryantown), St. Raphael Catholic Church (Rockville), St. Cecilia Catholic Church (St. Mary’s City), St. Mary Catholic Church and School (Landover Hills).
CRS Rice Bowl in the Media
Check out these stories highlighting CRS Rice Bowl in our Archdiocese:
- For Lent, Help Operation Rice Bowl
- Students at Sacred Heart School Begin Lent with Operation Rice Bowl
- Operation Rice Bowl Supports Poor around world, and here at home
- Ejemplar Participacion en Plato de Arroz
- Aporta tu granito de arroz!
- Operación para orar y ayudar
It’s never too early to begin to think about CRS Rice Bowl 2013!
Pre-order free materials, available in English and Spanish, and you will receive them in January. Participation can be simple and very fruitful. The CRS website has videos, recipes from the countries of focus, lesson plans, and guides for parish and education leaders.
Questions about CRS Rice Bowl in the Archdiocese of Washington? Contact Catherine Albornoz, Operation Rice Bowl Coordinator at 301-512-1043 or Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.