Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl logosClick Here for more information on the process for parishes and schools in turning in their CRS Rice Bowl donations.

For Lent, for life

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities.

Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. A simple cardboard box—a CRS Rice Bowl—inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers hope to millions around the world.

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.  To learn more about CRS Rice Bowl Program, visit www.CRSRiceBowl.org.

2016 Featured CRS Rice Bowl Countries and corresponding principle of Catholic Social Teaching

  • Columbia – Option for the Poor 
  • Laos – Rights and Responsibilities
  • Rwanda – Sacredness & Dignity of the Human Person
  • Honduras – Call to Family, Community & Participation
  • Madagascar – Care for Creation

Thank-you to each of the Archdiocesan Parishes and Schools who participated in the CRS Rice Bowl in 2015.   Your generosity went a long way in assisting the work of the Catholic Church overseas and here within the Archdiocese.  

For a list of Parishes and Schools who participated in CRS Rice Bowl 2015 – Please Click Here.

75 percent of your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world. Some examples include:

  • Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
  • Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities
  • Microfinance projects support small businesses
  • Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
  • Education projects provide resources and training

25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community

  • To learn more about 25% Rice Bowl Grants and see a list of past recipients, click on the Rice Bowl Grant tab.







What is Lent?

Lent is our time of preparation.

We begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday. During these 40 days, we ponder what it means to “give up, take up and lift up.” Using the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we deepen our relationship with Christ and discern where God is working in our lives.

Ever wonder why we pray, fast, and give alms during Lent?  “What is Lent?” is a video series designed to explain why Lent is such an important season in the Church:

Important Information regarding turning in CRS Rice Bowl Donation Checks at the conclusion of Lent

  • Make Checks out to “Missions Office”
    • Important: Please put in Memo Line of your check “CRS  Rice Bowl”  
      (If “CRS Rice Bowl” is not in the memo line – the Mission’s Office, which handles all collections for the Archdiocese, will not count it towards the Rice Bowl.)
  • Please mail donations to: 
    • Catholic Relief Services
      Archdiocese of Indianapolis
      1400 N. Meridian St.
      Indianapolis, IN  46202














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