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A NEW way to
bring Lent to Life!

  • Thoughtful daily reflections
  • Easy to use tool to set and measure your Lenten sacrifices
  • Delicious meatless recipes from around the world
  • Built-in feature to share your Lenten experience

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Read a reflection each day of Lent.


Prepare meatless meals.


Hear Stories of Hope from Catholic Relief Services programs around the world.


Track your Lenten fast and see how what you give up this Lent can change the lives of the poor in your own community and around the world.

What people are saying:

Sara Reinhard, Our Sunday Visitor
Even though this is a Lent app, it still ranks as one of my favorites... This app really makes the CRS Rice Bowl come alive and makes it possible to involve the whole family through technology. It’s nothing short of brilliant.
Christine Johnson,
I love the CRS Rice Bowl app! It makes it easy to track donations, makes a human connection between my donations and the people I am helping, and gives me ideas on how to better use the Lenten season for spiritual growth by fasting, praying, and giving alms.
Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos
It’s a pretty clever way of measuring the things we give up for Lent and turning them into a practical good through CRS, which does great work around the world.

Application Features

Daily reflections

Read a reflection each day of Lent, including Stations of the Cross, Catholic social teaching, reflections on Sunday’s Gospel and the lives of the saints.

Lenten pledge tracker

Keep track of what you are giving up for Lent and how your fast translates into food or clean water for a family, health exams for children, and more.


Get meatless recipes from around the world for Fridays.


Meet the individuals you help through CRS Rice Bowl and hear their Stories of Hope from around the world.

About CRS Rice Bowl

40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes - and it came in the form of a small cardboard box. And now - there’s an app for that, too!

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.