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Encounter Lent: CRS Rice Bowls

After the resurrection, when the disciples went forth in all directions, the Lord accompanied them. This is what happens as the result of a true encounter.” ~ Pope Francis

Dear families,

During Lent, our community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program than invites us to encounter the needs of the world with the hope of the Resurrection.

We will reflect on how this encounter can be transformative. We will see how our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to Share the Journey by supporting those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes and find safety or better opportunities.

As we prepare for this holy season, it is especially important to come together as a family and reflect on the crosses of hunger, poverty and war that our brothers and sisters forced to flee their homes carry. In so doing, we pledge to stand alongside these members of our human family, supporting them as the Gospel calls us to do.

Please consider these suggestions in your family’s Lenten plan:

  • Use your CRS rice bowl and Lenten Calendar as a daily guide to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving
  • Read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey
  • Prepare simple, meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent to eat in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world
  • Visit to watch videos of the people and communities you support through your Lenten gifts to CRS Rice Bowl

We will collect your CRS Rice Bowls on Holy Thursday, so stay tuned to learn more.

Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family.


Social Justice Commission

P.S. Did you know that CRS Rice Bowl has a web page specifically for families? Visit for activities that will help your family grow in our Catholic faith this Lenten season.

SE Linn Community Center Food Pantry Needs

Some new items that SE Linn is requesting are:

Macaroni & Cheese

Instant Rice

Brownie Mix

Regular need are:

Pancake Mix

Applesauce, in jars or individual size

Spaghetti sauce

Crackers – all varieties, including saltines and snack crackers

Peanut Butter – an item always high in demand


Canned Soups

Low sodium canned goods

Peaches, canned or in individual serving size

Cereal – no cheerios please – Rice Krispies, others

Toilet Paper


Deliver Meals on Wheels in October

St. John Parish  is in charge of October’s “Meal’s on Wheels” food delivery for the homebound through SE Linn Community Center in Lisbon. If  you are able to help deliver meals contact John Pospisil @ 895-6525

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be traveling to Haiti!

Next January 14-23, 2019, the Haitian Team will again be traveling to Haiti and besides providing teachers in-servicing, they will host VBS for the younger children.  The Haiti committee received $323 dollars from the St. John VBS collection to be used to help purchase supplies and materials.  On behalf of the Haitian committee, Thank You for your generous donations that will help take God’s Word to the children of the Durcabon area of Notre Dame de Lourdes.   We are forever grateful for your thoughtfulness.

The Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon is looking for volunteers

Although we welcome new volunteers anytime at Hallmark Care Center, we have a specific need for one or more volunteers on Thursdays @ 8:15 am for manicures; The volunteer would remove polish and polish residents nails.

Below is a list of other activities we use volunteers for, if there is an interest in doing something other than manicures

  • Bingo – Mon/Wed @ 3 pm, Tue @ 6:30 pm, and later in the fall we will be starting bingo again on Sat @ 3 pm
  • Games/Cards @ 10 am any day of week except Sunday
  • Various Exercise (Music-N-Movement, Sittercise, Fittercise, Bowling, Bags, Frisbee Golf, etc. @ 11 am any day of week except Sunday)
  • Special Events
  • Arts & Crafts at various times throughout the month

Any other ideas you may have for volunteering would be considered also If you are interested in volunteering on an as needed basis instead of a regular schedule, that is fine also. Volunteers find it to be very rewarding to visit with our residents and they definitely brightens our residents days!  Please contact Mary Kay Harris, Activity Assistant or Stephanie Fangman, Social Services & Activity Director at Hallmark Care Center (319.895.8891) if you have an interest.

Thanks very much for considering!