Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Catholic Relief Services is the international relief
agency of the Catholic Church providing humanitarian relief and development
assistance in more than 100 countries. With a focus on programs that inform and engage
Catholics about poverty and injustice overseas, CRS provides opportunities to
build a more just world. Programs are available to parishes, schools and/or
National Web site: www.crs.org
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CRS Rice Bowl
Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten “pray, fast, learn, donate” program which
is active in parishes and schools in the Archdiocese, as well as the chancery.
It makes the connection between love of God and love of neighbor on a global
basis and assists people with basic necessities, education, self-sufficiency
and health challenges in 100 countries, while educating parishioners on the
reality of life for our brothers and sisters around the globe.
How can I participate in Operation Rice Bowl?
Twenty-five percent of our gifts remain here in our archdiocese to help meet the needs of refugees.In 2009 alone, Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Refugee Resettlement Services helped over 230 families who suffered religious and political persecution in their home country begin a new life. Seventy-five percent of our gifts will go to CRS for international projects such as helping farmers in Bolivia receive training to improve crop yields, helping children in Afghanistan gain more opportunities for quality education, and helping communities in Ethiopia access reliable water sources even during times of drought.
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
The message of the Church is clear: we are called to help our
brothers and sisters in need. Catholics Confront Global Poverty is an
initiative between USCCB and CRS that calls on Catholics to confront
global poverty by defending the life and dignity of people living in
poverty throughout the world, and to urge our nation to act in
response to the many faces of poverty through advocacy and action. To
receive the latest advocacy news and action alerts please join
Catholics Confront Global Poverty at
CRS Fair Trade
Trade sales can be held in parishes or schools at any time throughout the year.
A sale offers opportunities to learn about our neighbors in other countries
while supporting their efforts as farmers, artists and craftspeople at a fair
compensation. Participants can select from beautiful Fair Trade handcrafts,
delicious coffee and rich chocolate. A demonstration sale is held at the chancery
after Thanksgiving. http://www.crsfairtrade.org/
CRS Food Fast Retreats
Food Fast provides high school and middle school students with a structured
retreat which helps them understand the food insecurity, a daily experience
for millions of people around the world. All materials are provided free of
Kat Doyle, Director