CRS Rice Bowl: Involve Your Whole Parish this Lent

The season of Lent is a time to pray, fast and give alms as we reflect on how Christ calls us to return to him. CRS Rice Bowl, a Lenten faith formation program from Catholic Relief Services, offers resources that can help people of all ages, families and communities participate in these Lenten practices and deepen their faith. 


Family Faith Formation 

Visit our Family Page to find resources — like our Lenten Kit for Families — to help bring Lent to life in the home. 

Education and Youth Ministry

Our Educators’ Page is full of lesson plans and activities for the Lenten season. This page also includes Youth in Solidarity Reflections to animate youth ministry. 

Hispanic Ministry  

Reflexiones para la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana — available only in Spanish — accompany youth and young adults throughout the season of Lent. The CRS Rice Bowl website and most Rice Bowl resources are also available in Spanish. 

Adult Faith Formation

The What Is Lent? video series features Catholic personalities who respond to the question: “What is Lent?” The videos are thought provoking and invite viewers to reflect on how they might answer this question for themselves. Additionally, the CRS Rice Bowl App—available for iOS and Android devices—includes daily reflections, a way to set a Lenten sacrificial goal, meatless recipes for Lenten meals, stories and videos for the Lenten journey.

Intergenerational Ministry 

CRS Rice Bowl offers several ways to bring your entire parish together this Lent. Consider hosting a simple supper using one of our meatless recipes from around the world. (Don’t forget to print out a placemat for each guest!) And bring the parish together in prayer using the digital Stations of the Cross or the Seven Sorrows of Mary.