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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Contact: Rebecca Cargile
Phone: (501) 664-0340
CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, this almsgiving project challenges participants to perform a simple sacrifice by substituting a low-cost, meatless meal for a more expensive one, and putting the money saved in their cardboard "rice bowl" throughout the season of Lent. Pick up your rice bowl at your parish or order one online.
Resources for families, individuals, parishes and classes, in English and Spanish, can be downloaded for free from the CRS website. These can help bring Lenten spirituality to life while providing an opportunity to make a difference to those in need in more than 100 countries worldwide, including the United States.
Twenty-five percent of the money collected through CRS Rice Bowl stays in the Diocese of Little Rock to assist low-income people through Catholic Charities of Arkansas. The remaining 75 percent supports CRS’ humanitarian and development programs overseas, providing assistance to impoverished and vulnerable communities. Therefore, parish and school participation is just as important locally as it is globally. For more information, contact Rebecca Cargile, diocesan CRS Rice Bowl coordinator, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 355.