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CRS Rice Bowl 2017 ~ Diocese of Honolulu

Wondering how many Rice Bowls were ordered for your parish or school?  Click here for the list.

OSM has a large order and will be able to provide additional rice bowls as needed.

Please contact Roz Fautanu with any questions at (808) 203-6738 or email rfautanu@rcchawaii.org.

Encounter Lent

We are called to build a culture of encounter.

Jesus made that clear from the way he lived, the message he preached. Pope Francis makes that clear by his own daily example. And we have a host of holy men and women who have come before us, who have gone to the margins of society so that every member of our human family might know the love of God.

Now, it’s our turn. With the spiritual pillars of Lent at our disposal, we set out on a 40-day journey, a journey of encounter with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

  • Through prayer, we encounter Christ, present in the faces of every member of our human family, so often still walking that long road to Calvary.
  • Through fasting, we encounter our own obstacles, those things about ourselves that prevent us from loving God and neighbor.
  • Through almsgiving, we encounter our brothers and sisters around the world, asking what we can give up so that others might have life to the fullest.

Lent is our time to encounter, to cultivate a spirit of global solidarity. CRS Rice Bowl is our tool, Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities, a vehicle through which the stories of communities around the world can be shared, an invitation through which our prayers and Lenten sacrifices can change lives.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor. Each day of Lent, individuals are invited to use the Lenten Calendar—included with every CRS Rice Bowl—to guide their Lenten almsgiving. These daily almsgiving activities—for example, give 25 cents for every faucet found in your home—help families reflect on the realities of our brothers and sisters around the world and how they can be in solidarity during the Lenten season.

How will you contribute to the culture of encounter this Lent?


Related Links

Hawaii Catholic Herald 2016 CRS Articles

Rice Bowl - App Challenge 2016

Rice Bowl Activities in our Parishes and Schools

From the Bishop (2017)...


Dear Friends in Christ,

Peace be with you!

Lent is a time to deepen our encounter with God, who became fully vulnerable in Christ to redeem us. For 42 years, U.S. Bishops have called all to participate in the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Lenten Rice Bowl to encounter Christ with vulnerable persons around the world struggling to secure the tools they need to rise above poverty and provide for themselves—and their communities.

Since 1975, CRS Rice Bowl has raised more than $250 million to support programs that help prevent hunger worldwide. But CRS Rice Bowl is not just about collecting money in a cardboard box. It is literally and symbolically a box full of stories of hope, prayers, and opportunities to help put our faith into action and to share our Lenten journey with each other, transforming all our lives.

CRS Rice Bowl provides resources to deepen our Lenten encounter with God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving in our families, parishes and school communities, while continuing to connect Catholics in our diocese with our brothers and sisters in need around the world...
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From Diocesan Leaders...

2017 Memo from Dr. Rockers, Superintendent of Hawaii Catholic Schools

2017 Memo from Jayne Mondoy, Director of the Office for Religious Education




Share Lenten spirituality while introducing students to Catholic Social Teaching and our Gospel call to serve our brothers and sisters around the world. Click on the link above for a hand-out on Catholic Social Teaching. The principles as they correspond with the Stories of Hope in 2017 are as follows:






CRS Rice Bowl can serve as the foundation to your family’s Lenten journey. We know your family is busy; that’s why CRS has created prayer resources and activities to use during dinner, in the car on the way to school or whenever you have just a few moments to gather together, pause and pray. 



CRS has prepared Lenten resources for educators for the Year of Encounter.

Early Learning Center's, Pre- Schools and Kindergarten Classes

Use the links below to download our placemats/coloring sheets prepared especially for your young students this Lenten season. Of course you can use it any time of the year, perhaps on their feast days ~

Elementary & Middle Schools

Join the App Challenge - for Grades 7-8

The App Challenge is a friendly competition between Grades 7-8 classes throughout the Hawaii Catholic Schools system.  The basis for the App Challenge are the weekly CRS Stories of Hope.  To learn more, check out the App Challenge Guidelines. To see the current progress of the App Challenge, check out the App Challenge Page.

Teachers may also find the weekly Stories of the Saints to be an inspiring way of highlighting the focus country featured in the weekly Story of Hope.

Religious Education

Our diocese’s new strategic plan “Stewards of the Gospel” challenges the faithful to be evangelizers – that is, to herald the joy of the gospel. Further, we are called to be disciples who LIVE out the gospel message. Evangelization and discipleship is at the heart of Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program.  

Religious Education students at St. Benedict study, pray, and taste the Rice Bowl Week One meal prepared by their catechists.

Youth Ministry (High School Age)


Young Adults


CRS Ambassadors

Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors from Chaminade University of Honolulu engage and spread awareness about global and local emergencies and injustices through campaigns, prayer services, and advocacy. They have the opportunity to learn about global poverty and injustice to educate their peers; develop leadership skills to engage the campus community; and use God's love as a way to cultivate global discipleship.

2017 CRS Student Ambassadors with the CRS Global Solidarity Coordinator, Thomas Awiapo (middle) of Ghana

Calendar of Events

January 2017

  • 01/12/17
    9-11 AM: Oahu Island Kick-off Event at St. Stephen Diocesan Center

February 2017

  • 02/03/17
    Annual Conference of Catholic Educators

March 2017

  • 03/01/17
    Ash Wednesday

April 2017

  • 04/09/17
    Palm Sunday
  • 04/10/17 - 04/14/17
    Holy Week
    *Chuukese Story
  • 04/16/17