Friday after Ash Wednesday

February 28, 2020

IS 58:1-9A/MT 9:14-15

As Lent begins, our faith challenges us to dive deeper into prayer, fasting and almsgiving in hopes of strengthening our relationship with both God and neighbor.  As Catholics we have a unique opportunity to spend 40 days considering the needs of the global family. I know many of you are aware of the CRS Rice Bowl as it has been a part of Lent in many parishes since 1975, but I want to invite each of you to make Rice Bowl a part of your Lenten practice this year. By giving to CRS Rice Bowl, you support their work in 45 different countries around the world.

This year, CRS gives you a chance to meet some of the people in the communities CRS works with in Honduras, Kenya and Vietnam. I ask you to take the time to go to the CRS website and watch some of the videos of Hope. You and your family will have the chance to meet Maria Ana from Honduras, Trinh From Vietnam and Yvone from Kenya. I hope their stories will inspire you and connect you to what the Church is doing in the world.

Pope Francis says, “We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them.”

CRS Rice Bowls are available in Campus Ministry 207 ASC.


Jacob Cunningham
Director, Office for Service and Social Justice