Every Lenten season for many years, a number of Diocese of Orange schools, parishes and ministry groups participate in the Catholic Relief Services’ annual CRS Rice Bowl initiative, a yearly effort to bring awareness about world hunger through activities, stories, reflections and prayer.
This year will be no different, except it will be all done virtually. There are various opportunities available online, in both Spanish and in English, to learn and pray and grow and as a family or together as a ministry.
Some of the virtual events during this Lenten program include:
ASH WEDNESDAY REFLECTION: FEBRUARY 17
On Ash Wednesday, join our Facebook Live event as we reflect on the meaning of Lent and answer kids’ questions about the season. Visit the CRS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CatholicReliefServices) for more information.
STORIES OF HOPE: SCHOOL SPEAKER EVENTS
These events will feature speaker s representing CRS’ work in Madagascar and El Salvador. CRS’ speakers will dive deeper into the CRS Rice Bowl Stories of Hope, share their own stories and offer a peek into what it is like to live in the countries highlighted by CRS Rice Bowl. Students will have the chance to submit questions in advance of the event to be answered by the speaker.
FAMILY PRAYER EVENING (SPANISH): MARCH 18
Gather your family and connect with us via Zoom to pray as a community of faith for our global family. The time and Zoom link will be shared closer to the event.
MEATLESS COOKING WITH MICHELLE BENZINGER — INSTAGRAM: MARCH 19
Join Michelle Benzinger, Catholic author, podcast host and creative director of Greenhouse Collective and Meaningful Market, as she and her family cook a meatless recipe from one of the countries featured in CRS Rice Bowl this year. Visit the CRS Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/catholicreliefservices/) for more information!
FAMILY PRAYER AND WORSHIP EVENING (ENGLISH): MARCH 24 AT 7 P.M. EST
Gather your family and connect with us via Zoom to pray and worship as a community of faith for our global family. The event will feature Danielle Noonan — musician, worship leader and speaker — and a special pre-recorded guest performance by Catholic musician Sarah Kroger. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the event.
Visit www.crsricebowl.org/virtualevents for more.
CRS is Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, CRS is governed by a board of directors comprising clergy, most of them bishops elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.