By Liz Sullivan
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of San Jose spread a little mercy around on September 24 when its chapter of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) awarded its Rice Bowl Grants during a ceremony at Santa Teresa Church.
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Through CRS Rice Bowl, stories are told from those in need worldwide, and the faithful devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.
This year, CRS awarded CRS Rice Bowl Fund grants to 24 applicants in the diocese to support their local outreach programs.
Overall, 75 percent of the CRS Rice Bowl funds raised are used for international development and 25 percent are available to be distributed locally for hunger alleviation programs. This year, CRS awarded $36,300 using the 25% of CRS Rice Bowl funds that were received during Lent 2016.
“We really want to thank you for all that you have done,” said Deacon Rubén Solorio, Director of Social Ministries for the Diocese. “You have a connection to an international and global relief effort. I challenge you to find ways of participating even more. It’s about sharing a story, not raising money.”
Those receiving grants and the category for which they received them were:
Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to the Thirsty
- Bellarmine College Prep, $2,500
- Christ the King Church, $1,500
- Holy Family Church, 2 – $1,500 each
- Holy Spirit Church, $1,500
Shelter the Homeless; Clothe the Naked
- Queen of Apostles Church, $1,200
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 2 – $1,500 each
- Saint Anthony Church, 2 – $2,100 and $1,500
Comfort the Sick and Dying
- Saint Catherine Church, $1,500
- Saint Clare Church, $2,500
- Saint John Vianney Church, 2 – $1,500 each
- Saint Julie Billiart Church, 2 – $2,000 and $1,000
Ransom Those Held Captive
- Saint Lucy Church, 3 – $1,000 each
- Saint Martin of Tours Church, $2,500
- Saint Mary Church (Gilroy), $2,000
- Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, $2,000
- Saint Victor Church, $1,000
“CRS has been around for more than 70 years,” said Crystal Catalan, Global Solidarity Coordinator for the Diocese. “Thanks to you, we are helping to feed the hungry and bring water to the thirsty.”
To learn more about CRS, visit www.CRS.org.