The period of Lent is marked by daily prayer, weekly fasting, and almsgiving that changes lives. Jesus gives us many examples of encountering and loving our neighbor. The Good Samaritan is just one example. Catholic Relief Service’s Operation Rice Bowl is one option to encounter and love our neighbor as a parish this Lent. During Lent our faith community — and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States — will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter our neighbor as companions on the journey, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

We are providing a Lenten Intergenerational Event to kick off our participation called Encounter: Disciples on a Mission for all ages. This will include a rice meal, prayer, video, discussion, and activities. Please mark your calendar for one of these three options: Wednesday, February 7 at 4:45pm or 6:30pm; Sunday, February 11 at 6:00pm. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, as disciples on a mission, we will encounter our neighbor in five countries and locally. We will reflect on how an encounter with our neighbor can be transformative.

Check out our weekly eNEWS, posted online or on our website, for stories of five families CRS will be helping with accompanying reflection questions. The families are from Iraq, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Jerusalem, and the Twin Cities. The programs include farming, business development, education, and basic needs. We will see how our prayers, fasting and alms can support those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities. As we prepare for this holy season, it is especially meaningful to come together in prayer as a family. Reflecting on the crosses of hunger, poverty, and war carried by our brothers and sisters forced to flee their homes, we have an opportunity to also reflect on our roles in caring for them as members of our human family.
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