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1 Welcome! Before we begin: 1.Mute your computer speakers. 2.If on the phone, mute your phone line by pressing *6. 3.Internet Explorer is recommended for this. 4.Use the chat box on the right to type questions. 5.We will have a time for answering questions at the end. CRS Rice Bowl for DREs

2 Welcome Your presenters: Caitlin Finnerty, Ted Miles, Linda Stryker, Director of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Omaha Genevieve Laskey, CRS Northeast Regional Office

3 Prayer Prayer for Educators of Justice and Peace Good and gracious God, Teacher of all peoples, Bless and guide those of us who seek to educate others about your good news of justice and peace. Guide us in our work as we reach out to shape hearts and minds. Walk with us as we deal with complex issues, help us to find the right words and actions to communicate your love for all members of the global family. Questions and Discussion

4 Prayer Support us as we promote critical reflections on local, national, and international issues. Renew our commitment, so we can spark courage and empower others to confront injustice. Allow our vision of a better world to transform spirits. Help us to nurture the skills that will bring this vision to reality. Remind us how blessed we are to have this call to proclaim justice and peace and to be able to respond even in small ways. Give us patience and perseverance in our work. Grace us with fellowship and community. Help us to remember that you are our rest and refreshment. Amen. -by Jane Deren, from Living Gods Justice: Blessings and Prayers, 2006

5 Agenda What is CRS Rice Bowl? 2014 materials: Whats NEW and AWESOME ? Print Materials, Website, Mobile App Educators Guide and Website Guest speaker Questions/Discussion Wrap up: Keys to Success!

6 Who is with us? A.Parish DRE B.Catechist C.Catholic school teacher D.(Arch)Diocesan Leader E.Other Choose more than one if it applies!

7 Past experience with Rice Bowl? A.Served as a parish/school coordinator B.Simply integrated Rice Bowl into a program or class C.Currently participate with my family D.Grew up participating in Rice Bowl through my family or another setting E.Have no experience with CRS Rice Bowl Choose more than one if it applies!

8 What is CRS Rice Bowl? CRS Lenten faith formation program: prayer, fasting, giving Connects Catholics in the United States with our brothers and sisters around the world Brings Lent to life for faith communities and families in the home Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS

9 75% of all donations support CRS programs around the world o Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests o Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services o Water projects bring potable water to communities o Microfinance projects provide better incomes o Education projects provide opportunities for a better future 25% of all donations fight hunger and poverty in your diocese o Food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and more! o Visit to contact your diocesan director about how your local Rice Bowl funds are used! How are contributions used?

10 Faith in Action For Families The Lenten Prayer o PRAY together as a family I Promise… o Commit to FAST to help those around the world Symbolic Gift Amounts o Find out what your ALMSGIVING is doing for the worlds poorest

11 Faith in Action For Families As you journey through the weeks of Lent… Learn about the 2014 Featured Countries Reflect on the importance of Catholic social teaching principles Encounter Christ through the Stations of the Cross Read passages from Scripture Prepare a Simple Meal with your family on Fridays Hear Thoughts from Pope Francis Give to your Rice Bowl through fun and engaging activities

12 Countries Featured in 2014 Kenya Developing Employment Opportunities Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person Guatemala Childhood Education Rights and Responsibilities Philippines Emergency Response and Rebuilding Option for the Poor Malawi Agricultural Development Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers Haiti Mother and Child Healthcare Social Nature of Humanity Santa Fe, NM Local 25 percent Global Solidarity

13 App for iPhone and Android

14 CRS Rice Bowl App Schedule Delivery of Daily Reflections to Your Phone

15 CRS Rice Bowl App Meatless Recipes, Videos, and Stories of Hope

16 CRS Rice Bowl App Make a Lenten Goal and Track Your Sacrifices

17 CRS Rice Bowls Global Kitchen 5 cooking shows featuring Fr. Leo Patalinghug from Grace Before Meals: available online Feb minute videos highlight each of the meatless recipes Printable and sharable recipe cards available at

18 Hispanic Ministry Culturally relevant resources and devotions foster faith sharing for Hispanic families and communities Spanish language Rice Bowl and Calendar for families in the home Stations of the Cross Los Siete Dolores de Maria Reflections on the Lives of the Saints

19 Faith Formation in Parishes Coordinators Guide Blessing of Rice Bowls Prayer Intentions Homily Notes Stations of the Cross End of Lent Offertory Procession Engaging Parish Ministries Small Faith-Sharing Groups Youth Ministry & Relig Ed Whole Community Catechesis Available in (English and Spanish) Online at

20 Faith Formation for Educators Educators Guide Blessing of RBs Prayer Service Letter to families Lesson Plans Grades 1-12 Activity Worksheets End of Lent Prayer Service Catholicism & the World Quiz Catholic Identity: Examples from the Saints Etc. Available in English or Spanish Online:

21 Community Reflections Guided meditations for small faith-sharing groups Perfect for: University Students College Campus Ministry, Resident Assistants in Dorms Young Adult Ministry

22 How to Get Materials Materials available in English and Spanish Materials free of charge Order at or Download at and

23 Additional Materials Poster (English or Spanish) Display (Bi-lingual) DVD (Bi-lingual) Videos from Kenya, Guatemala, Philippines, Malawi, Haiti Video testimonial of family using CRS Rice Bowl for faith formation in the home (Spanish, w/English subtitles)

24 Rice Bowl website Simplified, easier to navigate Family Activities, Reflections, Recipes, Stories of Hope Coordinators Pages Parishes Blessing of Rice Bowls, Engaging Parish Ministries, Lenten Devotions, Collection tips Educators Communicate with families, Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities Spanish language resources

25 How Do YOU Rice Bowl?? Post a photo of what you are doing for Lent … WIN PRIZES! Tweet or Instagram #VivaLent Or Lenten Photo Challenge Begins Ash Wednesday, March 5th Weekly prizes from CRS Fair Trade for randomly selected winners One big prize – CRS Fair Trade Easter Basket - for the photo with the most votes! Showcase YOUR communitys Lenten traditions!

26 Lent 2014: Important Dates February Still time to order more materials February Mobile App available in iTunes and Google Play stores March 5 Ash Wednesday (photo challenge begins) April 20 Easter Sunday

27 How do I stay informed? Like us on Facebook Get updates on the App, Global Kitchen, Photo Challenge, and More! Follow us on Twitter and Instgram Review Faith sharing resources for families Resources for liturgy and ministry Tools for schools and religious ed Sign Up for weekly s for educators at s once a week highlighting different resources and ideas for your classroom

28 Guest Speaker DRE Linda Stryker Director of Religious Education Archdiocese of Omaha

29 Genevieve Laskey CRS Northeast Regional Office

30 Questions? Please type your questions into the chat box.

31 Thank you! Thank you for inspiring young people to live their faith with CRS Rice Bowl.

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