CRS Rice Bowl: For Lent, For Life

Every Lent, nearly 13,000 Catholic parishes, schools and families participate in the CRS Rice Bowl program. CRS Rice Bowl has been a Lenten tradition since 1975 because people participating in the program enrich their faith by focusing on the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.



Reading CRS Rice Bowl’s weekly reflections will connect you to each Sunday’s scripture readings with suggestions for prayer, fasting and giving.  Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS



On Ash Wednesday and Fridays throughout Lent, we fast and make simple, meatless meals. Through CRS Rice Bowl, you can find recipes for great simple meals from this year’s target countries (Dominican Republic, East Timor, Burkina Faso, Lesotho and Pakistan). Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS



Since 1975, CRS Rice Bowl has raised more than $200 million of the poorest of the poor around the world. While 75 percent of the money raised supports CRS programs overseas, 25 percent of donations go to help hunger and poverty alleviation in your community. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Enrich your faith and have fun this Lent by joining with Catholics across the United States by participating in CRS Rice Bowl.


  1. Do cathlicks fast on good frieday?

  2. Catholic

  3. Edward Hoyt says:

    One certainly can’t speak for all Catholics, but it’s part of our Lenten obligation to undergo a modest fast on all Lenten Fridays. It’s something CRS suggests we fold into our care for our overseas brothers and sisters through CRS Rice Bowl.

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