5th & 6th grades- CRS Rice Bowl
Sacred Scripture says “God created man in His image” (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, as Catholics we see the reflection of God in every man and woman and consider each other as brothers and sisters. In the New Testament our Lord Jesus identifies Himself with each person in need. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus states, “I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church and relevant Church documents such as Gaudium et Spesand Evangelium Nuntiandi clearly place the responsibility of caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ upon us. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” we also call to mind those who hunger because they lack bread. The overwhelming existence of hunger in the world calls for action in both prayer and good works (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2831).
By participating in CRS Rice Bowl, the children at St. Joseph Catholic School are taught to see Christ hidden in the souls of other brothers and sisters, to be a voice for the voiceless, and to help those who cannot help themselves. This social justice project allows fifth and sixth grade students an opportunity to guide their school community in practicing the works of mercy and paying a debt of justice (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church #184) remembering that that everything we have is a gift from God, our Heavenly Father.