Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Operation Rice Bowl: Parish Bulletin--2-14-16
As Lent began on Ash Wednesday, do you remember our challenge last year for Lent? (Gossip with wristbands…and some are still wearing them!).
This year I would like a new challenge: Operation Rice Bowl. I would like each person/family to grow helping the poor.
Pat Bjorum, our deanery representative for this project, shared some good things of this undertaking: “Catholic Relief Services which sponsors Operation Rice Bowl allows dioceses who participate in Rice Bowl to keep 25% of the collection in the local communities of the diocese. This is to be used to for local hunger and poverty alleviation projects. Our Bishop Sirba has promoted this local use in our diocese through Patrice Menor of the Social Justice Apostolate.”
This is a cool part of our Diocese of Duluth—seeking out the hungry, homeless and poverty to help our brothers and sisters in our family of the Church. As Pope Francis has given us the Jubilee of Mercy, God’s mercy is serving these men, women and children.
While Operation Rice Bowl will serve people in many places in the world, Pat added that we have many opportunities in our area as well: “…Falls Hunger Coalition, Backus Community Café Summer Lunch Program for Children, and Servants of Shelter.”
First, grab an Operation Rice Bowl for you or your family!
Next, think—where will you keep the bowl at the best place? The shelf by your door you walk in? On your television? Next to your mirror? (Mine will sit in my truck to help me remember the change I receive paying things).
Finally, let’s do this!