Are you or is your family/household participating in Operation Rice Bowl? This Lenten program from Catholic Relief Services – the arm of the US Bishops that assists with relief for people outside the United States when disasters strike – is a powerful, prayerful way to observe the disciplines of Lent.
This year the theme is “Who Is My Neighbor: Share The Journey.” It comes from the Gospel parable we are very familiar with – the Good Samaritan. From migrants to refugees, to the crisis in Syria and beyond, as well as those who look for the basic necessities of life (shelter, food, water, clothing and health care), Catholic Relief Services works throughout our world to provide relief where it is most needed.
So many saints took the journey to a new place where they learned that their neighbor was someone other the person immediately next to them. The stories of Saints Maximillian Kolbe, Teresa of Calcutta, Damian of Molokai, Marianne Cope and Josephine Bakhita (just to name a few) inspire us to seek both holiness of life and solidarity with those in need.
If you have not started participating in Operation Rice Bowl, materials are still available at the doors of the church. Your contributions should be sent to the Cathedral Rectory no later than Friday, April 6. Please make checks payable to “Cathedral Parish” with a note on it that it is for Operation Rice Bowl. Thank you.