CRS Rice Bowl
February 10-March 27, 2016
The CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten program designed by Catholic Relief Services for families and faith communities. The goal of this program is to support the poverty relief efforts of CRS all over the world through the monetary donations, while also providing reflections and opportunities for spiritual growth which makes it a great Lenten practice for families and teens to participate in together.
More information on the CRS Rice Bowl program including family activities can be found here: www.crsricebowl.org
Lent Catechesis and Resources
Lent—through its threefold dimensions of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (charity)—calls us to look at our whole selves. Pope Francis has concentrated on the place of Lent within the Jubilee Year of Mercy—“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). “In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, [he] asked that ‘the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy’ (Misericordiae Vultus, 17)” within the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2016.
February is African American Heritage Month
African Americans, both slave and free—including Black Catholics—have been a part of the United States of America from its earliest days. Celebrate their history and heritage this month. Resources and pages of interest:
- Timeline/History of Black Catholic History:
- USCCB Subcommittee on African American Catholic Affairs
- African American Catholic History Facts (Archdiocese of Cincinatti)
- order the African American Catholic Youth Bible (Saint Mary's Press)
News from NFCYM and Beyond
Recent news includes:
- Catholic Relief Services responds to Hurricane Patricia.
- Dr. Robert McCarty announces resignation plans
For more information, see the full News page.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness
“Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month” is also recognized in February. It is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about dating violence (DV) among youth and young adults where one in three teens will experience some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse within a relationship. Get involved by participating in Respect Week (February 8-12) and Wear Orange Day (February 10). Resources include:
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Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si
A collection of resources can be found in our “Catechesis for Current Events.”
Also, be sure to check out NFCYM’s website, “Care for Creation, Care for the Poor” at climate.nfcym.org.
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