Operation Rice Bowl 2013
What is CRS Rice Bowl?
For Lent, For Life: What You Give up for Lent Changes Lives
Parishioners and students across the Archdiocese participated in CRS Rice Bowl Lent 2013 to deepen their spiritual practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Participation in CRS Rice Bowl provides tangible assistance to our brothers and sisters in need. 75% of our gifts go to Catholic Relief Services to address global poverty and hunger. 25% percent remains in our archdiocese to support parish food pantries.
If you participated this year and have not yet turned in your gift, it’s not too late to give contributions to your pastor. Parishes should submit their contributions to the Archdiocese of Washington’s Finance Office using the same process as for Special Collections, through lockbox. The Archdiocese will send contributions to CRS and use the local twenty-five percent to address poverty and hunger in Washington DC and Maryland.
Your prayers and contributions make a difference. On behalf of those who benefit from your participation in CRS Rice Bowl, thank you for your continued support.
Questions about CRS Rice Bowl in the Archdiocese of Washington? Contact Catherine Albornoz, CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator for the Archdiocese, at 301-512-1043 or Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! We will not have the total for 2013 until November 2013.
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 in the Archdiocese 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 from the 2012 collection:
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
As additional parishes participate in Rice Bowl and the amount of the collection increases, we are able to make grants to more pantries. For example, in 2011, we gave grants to 12 panties, but because of increased donations in 2012, the number of grants increased to 18.
CRS Rice Bowl Parish Awards
The Archdiocese recognizes parishes who have demonstrated commitment and generosity to CRS Rice Bowl over time through annual Archdiocesan CRS Rice Bowl Awards. Awards are distributed at the annual Social Ministry and Life Issues Conference.
2013 Awardees were Our Lady Queen of Peace (DC), St. Paul (Damascus), St. Mark the Evangelist (Hyattsville), Sacred Heart (La Plata), and Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville).
2012 awardees were 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:
- Annual Rice Bowl Lenten Campaign Assists Those in Need Globally, Locally
- Honran a parroquias por apoyo a Plato de Arroz
- A llenar los platos de arroz!
- Lenten Reflection on CRS Rice Bowl Meal from Women of St. Raphael’s Blog
- Plato de Arroz en Accion
Questions about CRS Rice Bowl in the Archdiocese of Washington? Contact Catherine Albornoz, Operation Rice Bowl Coordinator at 301-512-1043 or Catherine.email@example.com.