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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.Google Chrome is not 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 Youth

2 Welcome Welcome! Your presenters: Caitlin Finnerty, Ted Miles,

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 God’s Justice: Blessings and Prayers, 2006

5 Agenda What is CRS Rice Bowl? 2014 materials: What’s NEW and AWESOME ?  Print Materials, Website, Mobile App Deepening the Lenten Journey for Young People through CRS Rice Bowl Questions/Discussion Wrap up: Keys to Success!

6 Who is with us? A.Parish Youth Minister B.Parish DRE C.Parish volunteer D.School Campus Minister or Teacher E.(Arch)Diocesan Leader F.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 2014 Materials: Rice Bowl †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 world’s poorest

11 2014 Lenten Calendar A Lenten Calendar is included with each Rice Bowl …  Contains a short reflection for each day of Lent  Explores themes related to Catholic Identity & Mission: Catholic Social Teaching, Thoughts from Pope Francis, Stations of the Cross  References Stories of Hope and Recipes too!  Download a printable version Download a printable version

12 Stories of Hope: 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 Meatless Recipes “CRS Rice Bowl’s Global Kitchen” 5 cooking shows, featuring Fr. Leo Patalinghug from Grace Before Meals, available online Feb. 2014Grace Before Meals 3-minute videos highlight each of the meatless recipes Printable and sharable recipe cards available.available

14 Lent & Young People The Lenten Faith Journey … Prayer Fasting Almsgiving

15 Creative approaches … Thinking outside the “Bowl”?! Meeting young people where they are!

16 No: I don’t want to hear another tweet out of you! Yes: Encourage responsible use of social media!

17 CRS Rice Bowl App Daily Reflections delivered to your phone

18 CRS Rice Bowl App Make a Lenten Goal and track your sacrifices

19 Lent, Rice Bowl & Social Media Prepare and Journey through Lent together with the aid of social media …  Utilize Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the Rice Bowl App  Send a weekly email, text, image or post!  Encourage young people’s responsible use of social media!  Join our Lenten Photo Challenge (details announced soon!)

20 Rice Bowl & Youth Ministry As Youth Ministers we are ‘rehearsing’ young people for adult roles in the Church!  Use the FoodFast program to build awareness ( Join w/ other parishes to do the FF retreat Invite the parish to sponsor youth during the retreat  Connect FoodFast to Rice Bowl Use the money donated as the group’s CRS Rice Bowl contribution Have youth attend a Sat. evening mass to conclude FF and bring the money for CRS Rice Bowl up during the Gifts Procession

21 Rice Bowl & Youth Ministry Connect CRS Rice Bowl and CRS Food Fast to whole Community catechesis. Invite youth to assist with CRS Rice Bowl sessions for children o Youth set up ‘village’ stations for each of the Rice Bowl countries (using information from the Educator’s Guide) o Youth are invited as guest speakers to talk about their Fasting experience o Use the CRS Rice Bowl lesson plans for your youth nights

22 Thinking Outside the “Bowl”! Pray …  Prior to Lent, invite the youth leadership team to create a global prayer journal using the CRS Rice Bowl materials and simple materials  Build on the blessings and prayer intentions … weave into diocesan/parish/school newsletters, social media and special gatherings! Begin and end the Lenten season with a special prayer service! Invite students to read the Lenten prayer and daily reflections over the intercom during morning announcements or at the beginning of religion class each day and other gatherings.  Encourage contemplation! Build a global or “one human family” prayer wall or prayer space in the youth room or campus ministry space, adding to it throughout the season of Lent using the stories from CRS Rice Bowl. Use multicultural symbols and cloth from the highlighted regions of the world.  Involve young people in the planning of the Stations of the Cross and use the Rice Bowl resource to integrate a global perspective.  Connect CRS Rice Bowl prayers to traditional forms of prayer (rosary, adoration, etc.) and Catholic Social Teaching themes of the sacredness of life, preferential option for the poor, etc.

23 Thinking Outside the “Bowl”! Fast …  Encourage a united effort. Choose a school-wide fast day each week. Help youth fast from something relevant that helps them to give as well.  Integrate simple meals at diocesan, parish and youth gatherings using the CRS Rice Bowl recipes. Share the Rice Bowl recipes with the cafeteria staff.  Instead of large amounts food, use simple snacks for youth gatherings.  Create a simple space in the youth room.

24 Thinking Outside the “Bowl”! Learn …  Integrate the Rice Bowl educational resources … youth nights, retreats, catechetical gatherings, sacramental preparation in the parish and across the curriculum in schools  Plan a kick-off event before Lent about Lent!  Weave weekly youth or family reflections in mass or at diocesan gatherings. Enhance your lesson plans and activities using the videos and multimedia resources.  Send home with each young person a Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar, which includes suggestions for family engagement.  Connect with other spiritual disciplines you already might be exploring: Our Catholic Identity … saints, simplicity, corporal and spiritual acts of mercy, Catholic Social Teaching themes, scripture, etc. General Resources:  For older youth / post-Confirmation: Small Faith Sharing Groups  For families: the Whole Community …  For classes and other gatherings:  Connect an experiential lesson available from

25 Thinking Outside the “Bowl”! Give …  Connect to prayer, fasting and learning and provide ongoing opportunities to contribute if collecting as a group  Create a healthy sense of competition between classes or grade levels, but reward everyone! Provide a CRS Rice Bowl or other collection container to each homeroom class!  Foster a “one human family” image through the adage, “think global, act locally”! Connect global reflection of poverty with local service and CRS Rice Bowl contributions which assist our brothers and sisters locally and globally.  Connect your global reflection with a fair trade craft sale or chocolate / coffee sale to raise money for CRS Rice Bowl!  In a school?  Designate a “dress down day”, where students may donate $5 to CRS’ Rice Bowl and gain permission to wear regular clothes instead of school uniforms for the day.  Put change jars in the cafeteria line keeping it in the minds of students.

26 You Can Make a Difference Make the giving concrete! “If just 50 families in each parish committed to daily prayer, weekly fasting (Friday simple meal) and Lenten sacrifices of just $1 a day for 40 days, we would make a big impact on global hunger.” $1 a day x 40 days of Lent What $40 can do: Feed a family for 8 weeks Immunizations for 120 newborns Provide 400 families with clean water

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

28 2014 CRS Rice Bowl Materials Coordinator’s Guide Educator’s Guide Youth ministers can find more online at: Campus ministers can find more online at: Get emails from us with resources and tips for implementing CRS Rice Bowl

29 Additional Materials Poster (English or Spanish) Display (Bi-lingual) DVD (Bi-lingual) Videos from Kenya, Guatemala, Philippines, Malawi, Haiti Family using CRS Rice Bowl for faith formation in the home. Order here.

30 Rice Bowl Success †Talk to parish/school leadership about how CRS Rice Bowl supports Lenten faith formation o Prayer, fasting, almsgiving & learning! †Enlist support from Pastor/Principal †Integrate CRS Rice Bowl into parish/school life o Let youth be the leaders! o Parish or school-wide simple meals and catechesis o Communicate with families

31 Rice Bowl Success Ensure that every family gets a Rice Bowl and knows how to use it! Host a Speaker at Mass or event: How you can make a difference with CRS! – Interested in hosting a CRS Staff or Global Fellow as a speaker? Visit to invite a speaker! – Anyone traveled to the developing world? Invite them to talk about his or her experience. Follow up with clear collection plan at end of Lent Collection mailing from CRS with tips, ideas, poster and envelope to help you (if you ordered materials)

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

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