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Everything your classroom needs to encounter Lent. Whether you’re an elementary school teacher, high school teacher, youth minister, catechist, or just need Lent activities for Sunday school, you have a role in educating young people in the faith-and CRS Rice Bowl has resources to help. Click on your group below.



Communicate with Families

Encourage your students to bring the themes of Lent home to their families. Send this Letter Introducing Families to CRS Rice Bowl home at the beginning of Lent, and pass out this reminder letter to Turn In Your CRS Rice Bowl as Lent draws to a close. Use these Newsletter Blurbs to stay in touch with students’ families throughout the Lenten season.

And don’t forget to encourage families to explore our Family Page designed just for them!


Grades 1-8

Looking for a new way to teach your students about the Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving? With the ready-made lesson plans below, you can share Lenten spirituality with your class while introducing students to Catholic social teaching — and our Gospel call to serve our brothers and sisters around the world. There are lesson plans and activities for Grades 1-8 introducing students to the five highlighted principles of Catholic social teaching for this year’s featured CRS Rice Bowl countries: India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico and Ethiopia.

Lesson Plans

Grades 1-3, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 1-3, Activity Sheets Only
Grades 4-6, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 4-6, Activity Sheets Only
Grades 7-8, Lesson Plans & Activity Sheets Grades 7-8, Activity Sheets Only

Or, download the entire Educator’s Guide — and don’t forget our online-only modules featuring Ethiopia. Check out our YouTube channel to view and share instructive and inspiring videos featuring those served by CRS Rice Bowl.

Prayer Resources for Students and Families

Bring prayer into your classroom in a special way this Lent. Use this 10-Minute Prayerful Introduction to kick off your Lenten season, and don’t forget to close this holy time with this Prayer Service to End Lent.

Explore these other tools for Lenten reflection, and invite your students to prayer while they learn about the realities faced by their brothers and sisters around the world.



High School & Youth Ministry

Our Youth in Solidarity Resource — detailed below — is what you need in your classroom or youth group this Lent. The destination is up to you, but no matter where you take your class or group this Lent, your youth will have the opportunity to, as Pope Francis encourages us, encounter a brother or sister who lives a life very different from their own. Select from any of this year’s featured CRS Rice Bowl countries to download modules full of reflections, activities and exercises that will challenge youth to engage more fully in global solidarity. Ready to get started?

Youth in Solidarity Reflections

First, download this Lesson Plan Template to organize your planning. Then, download this list of Catholic social teaching principles to guide your discussion.

India: Option for the Poor The Story Prayers & Activities The Video
Zambia: Sacredness & Dignity of the Human Person The Story Prayers & Activities The Video
El Salvador: Dignity of Work The Story Prayers & Activities The Video
Mexico: Call to Community The Story Prayers & Activities The Video
Ethiopia: Care for Creation The Story Prayers & Activities
Diocese of Honolulu: Solidarity The Story Prayers & Activities The Video

Or, download all the activities here.

Wondering how to get your whole high school community involved? Here are 6 steps to integrate CRS Rice Bowl into your high school’s Lenten journey.

Additional Activities

Go further this Lent with these additional reflection resources:

  • Reflexiones para la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana: Available only in Spanish and appropriate for individuals ages 14 – 35, use this resource to accompany your ministry members through faith formation modules that offer activities, reflections on scripture and prayers.
  • Akwaaba! Songs of Peace and Solidarity:>In partnership with Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), CRS is excited to offer Akwaaba! Songs of Peace and Solidarity, a CD by seven Spirit & Song/OCP composers who traveled with CRS to Ghana. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD and MP3 album will support the work of CRS around the world.
  • Community Reflections: Available only in English, and appropriate for individuals ages 18 – 40, gather small faith-sharing groups to prayerfully consider how they use the season of Lent to encounter themselves, their neighbors and their God.
  • Stations of the Cross Digital Retreats: Spend 1-minute reflecting on how Jesus’ road to Calvary continues today in the daily lives of our brothers and sisters around the world.

Want more ways to bring global solidarity into your classroom? Check out the CRS Global High School program and our CRS Education page.

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Prayer Experiences for Ministry
  • Eucharistic Adoration — Food for All: Gather your community in prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as you consider the implications of hunger on our global family.
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary: Contemplate the role Jesus’ mother, Mary, played throughout his life with these Seven Sorrow of Mary.
  • Stations of the Cross: Journey with Jesus to Calvary with these Catholic social teaching inspired Stations of the Cross.
  • Lives of the Saints: Learn from those who have come before us by reflecting on the Lives of the Saints.

And don’t forget to check out all of our videos and prepare our meatless meals with your community!

Collecting CRS Rice Bowls

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

Don’t forget to hang up the “Turn In Your CRS Rice Bowls” poster you receive mid-Lent to inform your students how CRS Rice Bowls will be collected. Send this letter home to families to let parents know when to send CRS Rice Bowls to school. And consider using this Prayer Service to End Lent at Mass or at a prayer service towards the end of Lent.

Thank your students! Don’t forget to display the Thank You Poster you receive at the end of Lent to thank your students for their Lenten sacrifices. And write about your Lenten journey in your school newsletter! You may even consider showing and sharing this video of gratitude.