“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.” ~ Pope Francis
During Lent, the parish will participate in the “Rice Bowl” program.The program invites us to live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the three Lenten pillars of praying, fasting, and almsgiving.75% of Rice Bowl donations will go toward CRS programs throughout the world. 25% of the donations collected will go to identified projects of the Mission Outreach in the Guatemala, Haiti and Ghana.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist poor and suffering people in 91 countries on the basis of need.
What is Mission Outreach?
Mission Outreach of Holy Family Parish establishes global initiatives to support the Church’s evangelization and development efforts in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. The Mission Outreach Team includes representatives from each of these areas. The purpose of the team is to identify and review projects and then promote them to the parish. Selected projects have a: 1) Parish advocate; 2) Reliable counterpart on the ground in the area of the project; 3) Emphasis on being self-sustaining, but may support disaster relief. These projects will call Holy Family to look beyond ourselves, as Pope Francis urges us to do.
Did you know that $1 a day for 40 days of Lent provides: 1 month of food for a family, 2 years of seed for a farmer, 3 months of clean water for 4 families?
Guatemala: Adult Literacy Project
This project will continue to support an Adult Literacy Project in a very poor area of Guatemala City that has a very high rate of unemployment and very low level of education. Gaining these skills will increase opportunities for employment and build the self-esteem of participants. (See photos of this project on display.)
Haiti: Agricultural Project
In the diocese of Les Cayes, farmers struggle to grow sufficient produce on land devastated by many natural disasters. Many are unable to provide basic necessities for their families. This project continues to provide farmers with materials and training to grow crops that will improve their living situation, while conserving natural resources. (See photos of this project on display.)
Ghana: Peace Project
This project will support Fr. Clement and his newly formed 72 Africa. The goal of this organization is sustainability and peace in Africa. Through conflict resolution, education and economic development, in particular for women, this organization works to address underlying causes of violence and prevent future occurrences. Our support will focus on programs in Ghana.