CRS Rice Bowl recipe #5 – Doing more with less during Lent

For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end of Lent, individuals can give their…

CRS Rice Bowl recipe #4 – Doing more with less at Lent

For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end of Lent, individuals can give their…

CRS Rice Bowl recipes #2 and #3: Laos and Rwanda — with video

Doing more with less at Lent For each week of Lent, The Visitor is highlighting Catholic Relief Services’ work with a story and simple, meatless recipe from a country the agency serves. Place the money saved into your CRS Rice Bowl to feed our brothers and sisters in need around the world. At the end…

Lenten services, retreats and enrichment opportunities

Ash Wednesday Retreat and Eucharist Wednesday, February 10 Collegeville • All are invited to join the St. John’s Monastic Community for Ash Wednesday Mass with distribution of ashes at 5 p.m. in the Abbey Church with Benedictine Abbot John Klassen presiding. St. Joseph • The Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s Monastery hosts an Ash Wednesday…

CRS Rice Bowl touches lives near and far

By Father Bill Vos For The Visitor Local goes global Anyone involved in fundraising for global causes has gotten this response: “But what about those who are hungry here? Shouldn’t we take care of our own first?” The best reply from a Christian perspective is simply to say, “How about both?!” Our Catholic view of…

CRS Rice Bowl recipe #1: Colombia — with video

CRS Rice Bowl changes lives around the world Catholic Relief Services This Lent millions of Catholics around the United States will place a colorful cardboard box and calendar in their homes to begin a spiritual journey that changes lives around the world. They will be participating in the 41st year of CRS Rice Bowl, a…

Lent – Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – A journey toward change

By Daniel S. Mulhall Catholic News Service There are three days within the church’s liturgical year that are guaranteed to bring people to a church service. The first two are Christmas and Easter. They are the two most important feasts in Christianity, marking, as they do, the birth and resurrection of Jesus. The third day…

† Lenten Penitential Regulations †

“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite…

Should we experience Lent as a joyful season?

Whatever penance we do during Lent, it should be a joyful accompaniment to savoring our baptism as the most important event in our spiritual lives Q. When I was a child, Lent was focused on the suffering and death of Jesus — not very joyful. Now we hear that Lent is meant to be a…

Bishops urge people to pray for those who face religious persecution

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference invited people to pray for “those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere.” In a statement, the bishops’ Administrative Committee also called on people to work to protect those who are marginalized and persecuted. The committee urged Catholics to use…