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CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl
February 10-March 27, 2016

Rice Bowl OfferingThe CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten program designed by Catholic Relief Services for families and faith communities. The goal of this program is to support the poverty relief efforts of CRS all over the world through the monetary donations, while also providing reflections and opportunities for spiritual growth which makes it a great Lenten practice for families and teens to participate in together.

More information on the CRS Rice Bowl program including family activities can be found here:

Lent 2016

Lent Catechesis and Resources

Lent—through its threefold dimensions of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving (charity)—calls us to look at our whole selves. Pope Francis has concentrated on the place of Lent within the Jubilee Year of Mercy—“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). “In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, [he] asked that ‘the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy’ (Misericordiae Vultus, 17)” within the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2016.

Find a list of resouces (including several new entries)

February is African American Heritage Month

February is African American Heritage Month

African Americans, both slave and free—including Black Catholics—have been a part of the United States of America from its earliest days. Celebrate their history and heritage this month. Resources and pages of interest:

News from NFCYM and Beyond

Recent news includes:

  • Catholic Relief Services responds to Hurricane Patricia.
  • Dr. Robert McCarty announces resignation plans

For more information, see the full News page.

February is Also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness

“Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month” is also recognized in February. It is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about dating violence (DV) among youth and young adults where one in three teens will experience some form of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse within a relationship. Get involved by participating in Respect Week (February 8-12) and Wear Orange Day (February 10). Resources include:

Strong Catholic Families/Fortaleciendo en la Fe
What's NFCYM's Most Popular Training In-Service?

Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth—and the transliterated program, Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe—have come to over 60 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada.

Learn more about them.

Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si
Resources for Supporting Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si

A collection of resources can be found in our “Catechesis for Current Events.”

Also, be sure to check out NFCYM’s website, “Care for Creation, Care for the Poor” at


Links will open the conference website

National Catholic Youth Conference

Called • Llamados
Indianapolis: November 16-18, 2017

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

Connect in Christ
San Jose: December 1-3, 2016

National Catholic Collegiate Conference

Here I Am Lord • Aquí Estoy Señor
Indianapolis: November 19-21, 2015

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