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March Meeting Guide: I am Global Hunger & CRS Rice Bowl

March 6th, 2019 is Ash Wednesday, which marks the dawn of the liturgical season of Lent.  Lent is intended to be a season of reflection, preparation for Easter, and encounter.  During Lent, Christians are called to a life of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  We pray to encounter Christ in our lives and in every member of the human family.  Through fasting, we encounter the obstacles that keep us from serving God and our neighbor.  Finally, in almsgiving, we encounter God's love and are called to share it with our brothers and sisters in need.  CRS Rice Bowl gives us the opportunity to hear stories of need from around the world, and the Lenten calendar provides a guide to almsgiving, so that our giving can be purposeful and intentional.  Use the guide to learn more about CRS Rice Bowl, CRS University's I am Global Hunger campaign, and how to promote prayer, fasting, and almsgiving on campus during the season of Lent.  

March 2019

Key Theme:  I am Global Hunger & CRS Rice Bowl

Opening Prayer 

Leader:  Let us begin with the sign of our faith:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  

Our Father, who art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven.  

Give us this day our daily bread, 

and forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive those who trespass against us; 

and lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil.  Amen.  

Utilize this resource to learn about Lent and encountering Christ.  

Community Building 

  • Welcome any new CRS Student Ambassadors to the meeting and ask them what drew them to become a CRS Student Ambassador.  
  • Icebreaker Question of the Month:  What is a Lenten commitment you have made in the past?  

Catholic Social Teaching - Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 

  • CST 101:  Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Reflect:  
    • Where do you see those who are poor and vulnerable in your lives?  Where do you see the poor and vulnerable internationally?  
    • In what ways are people poor and vulnerable? 
    • In what ways is God calling you to help those who are poor and vulnerable?  

CRS on the Ground - Global Hunger 

CRS on the Ground - The Effect of CRS Rice Bowl

  • The almsgiving portion of CRS Rice Bowl can give life and hope to vulnerable populations.  Watch to discover the power of Lent in the life of Thomas Awiapo.  
  • Learn the effects of CRS Rice Bowl through stories of hope.  For each week of Lent, a different story of hope is highlighted.  Feel free to use any or all of these testimonies to inspire your community to give alms for the poor and vulnerable.  

CRS Rice Bowl Fast Facts 

  • $1 a Day for the 40  Days of Lent means:  
    • 1 month of food for a family
    • 2 years of seed for a farmer
    • 1 emergency kit for refugees
  • In addition to assisting the poor and vulnerable internationally, 25% of your CRS Rice Bowl contributions will assist in alleviating hunger and poverty in your local diocese 

Act Now 

  • Order CRS Rice Bowl Materials for your campus 
    • Think of creative ways to distribute Rice Bowls to students: after Mass, Ash Wednesday Services, outside the Dining Hall, or at sporting events.
  • Download the CRS Rice Bowl App
    • Utilize to make donations, watch videos, engage in reflections, and stay up-to-date with the Lenten calendar
  • Text to Sign 
    • Use this feature to take immediate advocacy action on the issue of global hunger
      1. Text "I am Global Hunger" to 30644
      2. Click the link that will automatically respond 
      3. Enter your information and personalize the letter
      4. Hit "submit" and become an advocate!

Campus Action Planning 

  • Discuss ways to incorporate CRS Rice Bowl onto your campus
    • Hold a Simple Supper for Global Hunger, utilizing this how-to guide
    • Have Simple Meals in the Dining Hall on Fridays during Lent
      • Click here for recipes from around the world
    • Use Community Reflections to promote conversations during Lent on campus

Closing Prayer