Lent is our time of preparation. A 40-day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Lent is a journey that spans Ash Wednesday through Holy Week, culminating in the great celebration of Easter. As Catholics, the spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving guide us in daily reflection on our own lives as we strive to deepen our relationship with God and neighbor—no matter where in the world that neighbor may live.
The third pillar of this season of sacrifice is ALMSGIVING. Bishop Burbidge has asked that we support the CRS Rice Bowl, a Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through this program, our students will deepen their personal experience of Lent, and hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide. We devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and gifts to transform the lives of the poor.
Our families support our classroom instruction by encouraging your sons and daughters to collect money for the poor in their rice bowls. Here is a link to resources that will help you at home with daily reflections and prayer as well as week-by-week stories about people around the world.