Our parishes are our spiritual homes — they are the center of our communities’ journey of faith. So, too, are parishes the center of CRS Rice Bowl. More than 10,000 parishes across the United States participate each Lent to enrich their parishioners’ Lenten experiences through the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. And it’s easy to get involved.

First things first: find out what’s in store for CRS Rice Bowl this Lent, and organize your plans with this year’s Coordinator’s Guide.

Next, meet with your pastor to discuss how CRS Rice Bowl can fit into your parish’s Lenten plans. Don’t forget that we have Lenten resources to help you live out the Year of Mercy!

CRS Rice Bowl can be easily integrated into your community’s weekly liturgical celebrations.

And, don’t forget to communicate with your parishioners — both at Mass and throughout the week.

  • Send this letter home to all families to introduce them to CRS Rice Bowl.
  • Include this Bulletin Insert in your weekly bulletin-and encourage families to keep it on hand throughout the season.
  • Use these weekly Bulletin Announcements to inspire Lenten action each week.
  • Take a look at these photos, logos and other pieces of art that can be used in your bulletins, newsletters, websites and more.
  • Make use of our Social Media Kit to share CRS Rice Bowl to your Facebook and Twitter followers.

Now, invite volunteers to help serve as CRS Rice Bowl coordinators. They can help plan events, coordinate communication and more. Show them this video to get started.

Next step: don’t forget to order free CRS Rice Bowl materials for your community! Just go here ( or call 800-222-0025. You can expect to receive your materials in early January.

Once your CRS Rice Bowls have arrived, you’ll want to plan a fun and creative way to distribute them. Consider enlisting youth from your parish to pass them out on Ash Wednesday or the Sunday before.

There are 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, and CRS Rice Bowl offers resources for each one of them-and for everyone in your parish.

Finally, as Lent draws to a close, you’ll want to plan a fun and meaningful way to collect your parishioners’ CRS Rice Bowls. Here are five simple steps.

Don’t forget to hang up the poster you receive mid-Lent to inform your community how CRS Rice Bowls will be collected. Some parishes make use of our Envelope Template to facilitate collections. And consider using this Offertory Prayer to End the Lenten Journey at Mass or at a prayer service towards the end of Lent.

Thank your community! Don’t forget to display the Thank You Poster you receive at the end of Lent to thank your community for their Lenten sacrifices. And write about your Lenten journey in your bulletin!