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CRS Rice Bowl

Join our faith community - and more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a transformative  Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Beginning Ash Wednesday, February  22, you may pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the Gathering Area. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on global hunger and  how to take action to help our sisters and brothers impacted by this injustice.  
Join us as we put our faith in action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lenten alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl support the work of CRS in roughly 100 different countries each year. 25% of all donations stay in our local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. 

The iconic CRS Rice Bowl is a staple on the table of Catholic families across the country during Lent. This simple cardboard box is a tool for collecting Lenten alms—and comes with a Lenten calendar that guides families through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections and stories.

CRS Rice Bowl shares stories of hope from CRS’ work around the world. These stories are examples of the kinds of communities where the Lenten alms of participating US Catholics are changing lives. Some stories are accompanied by a simple, meatless recipe that families are encouraged to prepare on Fridays during Lent.

There are several ways to donate. 
1. Simply return your CRS Rice Bowl to a basket in the Gathering Area the week after Easter .
2. Donate online 
3. Mail a check to Catholic Relief Services, CRS Rice Bowl, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303. Please list your parish as Saint. Rita, Solon, OH.

For more information on Charity and Social Justice initiatives at Saint Rita parish, please send us an email

CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, the official relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.