CRS Rice Bowl

For Lent, For Life: What You Give up for Lent Changes Lives

Parishioners and students in the Archdiocese of Washington participate in CRS Rice Bowl, the Lenten spirituality program of Catholic Relief Services, each year 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. Thank you to all who have participated.

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 through grants to parish food pantries.

We are now accepting applications from parish programs that address poverty and hunger for CRS Rice Bowl local grants. The application form can be viewed here and is due via email to [email protected] by October 26.

The following pantries received grants last year: St. Paul, St. Patrick’s, Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Camillus, Immaculate Conception, Jesus the Divine Word, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. John the Evangelist, St. Raphael’s, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Martin of Tours, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Cecilia/St. Peter Claver/St. Michael, St. Jerome, St. Hugh, St. John Vianney, Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Our Lady of the Visitation, Mt. Calvary, St. Matthias, St. Michael, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Anthony of Padua, Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Michael and St. Dominic, St. Mark the Evangelist, St. Anthony of Padua (DC), St. Matthew’s Cathedral, St. Francis Xavier, St. Mary of the Mills, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. John Francis Regis.

It’s not too early to plan for CRS Rice Bowl to your community for Lent 2017! You can learn more at and order free supplies there. Contact Catherine Albornoz, the Archdiocese of Washington’s CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator, at [email protected] and she’s happy to help support you in this process.

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.

2014 awardees were Shrine of the Sacred Heart, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Joseph (Largo), St. Mary of the Mills (Laurel), St. Aloysius (Leonardtown), Our Lady, Star of the Sea (Solomons).

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).

Contact our CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator with questions at:

[email protected]