Prominent Catholic Bloggers
To Host Lenten Google Hangout For First Time

Invites Families to Explore Ways to Make the Most of CRS Rice Bowl at Home

Monday, February 16, 2015 12 pm EST

Photo courtesy of Catholic Relief Services. Used with permission. CRS Rice Bowl activities at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Washington, D. C. The Mora family is actively involved in the church including mom, Liz, daughter, Emily, 6th grade, and Nicos, 8th grade. Liz works for the church of Sacred Heart. Emily goes over the CRS Rice Bowl iPad app with her mother, Liz Mora. Photo courtesy of Catholic Relief Services. Used with permission.

Baltimore, MD, February 4, 2015 - Celebrating it’s 40th year, Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Lenten program, CRS Rice Bowl, will host a public Google Hangout on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12 PM EST featuring prominent Catholic family bloggers. CRS Rice Bowl is the oldest and largest Lenten program used by Catholic communities around the United States. Known for its colorful cardboard rice bowl, the program provides a rich collection of online resources to help make Lent more meaningful for people of all ages. This Google Hangout will help parents and grandparents see what’s new for 2015 and share ideas on how to use them at home.

Presenters include Lisa Hendey, founder of and bestselling author of The Grace of Yes; Sarah Reinhard, frequent contributor to numerous Catholic blogs and author of several books for Catholic parents; Lisa Schmidt, co-founder of the blog The Practicing Catholic and frequent contributor to others blogs such as and Catholic Stand; and Jared Dees, creator of The Religion Teacher, a site of resources and strategies for religious educators.

The 30-minute conversation will focus on how families can bring Lent to life in their homes for children of all ages. Presenters will share their own stories, tips and insights on making Lent fun and relevant in a digital age. Those who participate live can ask questions of the presenters; those unable to attend the day of the event can pre-load questions on the Event Page.

"Those small Lenten sacrifices that we make, the prayers that we say, the gifts that we give—those really do change lives," said Hendey on a recent CRS-sponsored trip to Tanzania. "Become a part of this amazing work by sharing your gifts with CRS Rice Bowl this year."

This Google Hangout is open to the public. Those who wish to participate should RSVP on the Event Page. Additionally, the Hangout will be recorded and made available at

CRS Rice Bowl supports efforts to fight hunger and poverty in communities around the world and in dioceses around the United States. Seventy-five percent of alms given during Lent through CRS Rice Bowl are directed to CRS programs that serve the poorest of the poor around the world. Twenty-five percent remains in each diocese to reduce hunger and poverty locally.

Each year, CRS Rice Bowl helps more than 13,000 parishes and schools across the U.S. deepen their Lenten journey with a wide variety of resources for all ages, including a popular daily calendar of reflections and activities as well as a collection of simple, meatless recipes from the program’s featured countries. In 2014, CRS Rice Bowl went mobile, developing Catholic Relief Services' first- ever app and bringing this 40 year-old Lenten program into the hands of smartphone users across the country. To see what’s new with CRS Rice Bowl visit

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency eases suffering and provides assistance to people in need in 93 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. For more information, visit or

Photo courtesy of Catholic Relief Services. Used with permission.