“As people of faith, we are trying to live out the golden rule of loving our neighbors as ourselves and the call of Matthew 25 to ‘feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger.”
– Father Rafael Garcia, Pastor, Immaculate Conception Church
During the Lenten season every year, Catholic Relief Services offers Roman Catholics across the country the opportunity to participate in Operation Rice Bowl. This is a chance to fulfill all three Lenten commitments of almsgiving, fasting and prayer. By giving to CRS, you help one of the organization's many projects. But in doing so, you consume less and you learn and pray about the projects and the people who are served and serve.
As expected, most of the projects are overseas: Kenya, Guatemala, the Philippines, Malawi, and Haiti. One domestic project is highlighted, and it is here in Albuquerque: The Bread and Blessings meal hosted on Sunday afternoons by Immaculate Conception Church. Here is an excerpt of the write-up.
On Sunday afternoons in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, over a hundred people gather in the basement of Immaculate Conception Church to be served a Sunday dinner. Some are homeless. Others are newly unemployed, forced to decide whether to pay a utility bill or buy enough groceries to feed their families. No matter the circumstance, the parish community welcomes “anyone and everyone who is hungry to come and share a meal with us,” says Roberta Montoya, the coordinator of the parish’s Sunday Bread and Blessings meals, one of the projects in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe that receives a portion of CRS Rice Bowl funds.
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