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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Andrew Musgrave – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone:  (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone: 937-538-4406



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CRS Rice Bowl

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we journey with members of our human family around the world, and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving those in need. There is something to deepen everyone’s Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. There are lessons and prayers for all ages, videos, reflections, Stations of the Cross, and even delicious yet simple recipes to share as a community or a family. Rice Bowl gives parishes an overarching program to engage all its members in Lenten practices that seek Jesus in the most marginalized.

Important update: This year only, all schools and parishes must order their CRS Rice Bowls. All orders have been purged from past years and therefore no orders will arrive if an order is not put in this year. You can put you order in here.

Here are some easy ways to get started:

  1. Watch “How to Kick off CRS Rice Bowl” for 5 easy steps to getting CRS Rice Bowl started in your parish (check it out at
    1. Download the Coordinator’s Guide which contains resources to help integrate CRS Rice Bowl into your faith community.
      1. Communicate easily using CRS’ premade materials such as these bulletin entries for each week.
  1. Order FREE English or Spanish materials online here or by calling 1-800-222-0025.
    1. Order CRS Rice Bowls (one per household). These cardboard bowls are used to collect each family’s Lenten alms. Each CRS Rice Bowl comes with a Lenten calendar with a reflection for each day of Lent which families can read together.
  1. Plan a time to distribute CRS Rice Bowls to each member of your parish community. Your pastor can bless the CRS Rice Bowls during Mass (find a sample blessing in the Coordinator’s Guide). Consider asking students in your parish to distribute CRS Rice Bowls after Mass.

If you have any questions about CRS Rice Bowl, please contact me  or 513-546-3143 


CRS Rice Bowl: Important Update

 Every few years CRS goes through a clean-up process in order to be better stewards of our CRS Rice Bowl resources.  For this coming year only parishes need to make a proactive order or they will not receive rice bowls.  CRS has and will continue to send notices about this with a response card. Parishes can send in that card or can make their order online at


Through CRS Rice Bowl, we journey with members of our human family around the world, and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting, and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving those in need. Please let Sara, 513-546-3143, know if you have any questions about getting your parish or organization involved in this or other CRS programs.


Why involve your parish with CRS?

The official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S.; provides assistance to the poor overseas without regard to race, religion or nationality by responding to emergencies and fighting poverty.

CRS has a mission oversees and one of calling Catholics in the US to Solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world so that we can more fully live out our faith. CRS has great prayer, education, and advocacy resources for parishioners of all ages to engage in.

Charity Watch Grade: A+

Charity Navigator Rating: 4 of 4 stars


Prayers and directions for turning in CRS Rice Bowl donations

With Lent drawing to a close, the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program offers:

There are also a number of options for a parish or a school to send in a single check for the donations made to CRS Rice Bowl. To learn more about how to send in a check, please visit here.