How do you feel Some kind of bothers me

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How do you feel Some kind of bothers me
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 6:30pm
This is the Sunday before lent starts.


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Sun, 02-22-2009 - 6:33pm

I think the Rice Bowls are just a way to get people thinking about "giving alms" as part of their Lenten observance. In the end, you are free to give to whomever you choose, so if you feel better giving to local charities, that's fine, too. I do tend to agree with you, however.

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Sun, 02-22-2009 - 7:32pm
Our parish said our diocese was sending all the Rice Bowl money over seas.


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Sun, 02-22-2009 - 9:21pm

An article in our bulletin says that 75% is being sent overseas, and 25% is staying in our diocese to support programs that address hunger here.


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Mon, 02-23-2009 - 8:49am

We didn't get rice bowls this year.

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Mon, 02-23-2009 - 2:13pm

As others have said, you should contribute money wherever you think it makes the most sense. I take my "tithe" and put some of it to the church and some to other organizations that do God's work.

For what it's worth, something like 75% of the money that Americans contribute to charity stays here in the U.S.; however, most of the people living in poverty in the world are *not* in the U.S. There are very few Americans living in the kind of poverty you will find in sub-Saharan Africa or Bangladesh. (When I saw "Slumdog Millionaire," for example, I couldn't even begin to fathom what it would be like to live in a slum like that - and from what I understand of people who've been to India, there are many parts that are really like that.)

Again, people can give what and to whom they like, but I prefer to put most of my money to work in organizations that help those in very poor countries. Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders are among those that provide direct help to the very poor overseas.


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Mon, 02-23-2009 - 4:12pm
Our parish usually announces when they will have 2 collections. The first sunday of the month they always have a second for parish debt reduction. This week the basket came around twice, and no one could figure out what the second was for. I'm so glad you posted this. I didn't have anything with me to put in it, because like I said, they didn't announce a second collection last week, but at least I know what it is for.

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