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Office for the Missions

Welcome to the Office for the Missions

2020 Rice Bowl Grant Application Available

If your parish or organization offers services that help bring food locally to those who need it, please consider applying for the 2020 grant. 

Download the application by clicking here

2019 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl  Grants awarded!

crs-rice-bowl-logoEach Lent, Catholics in this diocese participate in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl program which calls for them to pray together, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about global hunger and poverty and convert our sacrifices into gifts for those in need. We rejoice that our efforts allow our diocese to assist those who hunger and thirst for nourishment of body and soul in their every day lives. 25% of the funds collected in our parishes are available for distribution to organizations within our diocesan borders that work to feed the hungry and to reduce the root causes of hunger.

Thanks to your generosity the following organizations received CRS Rice Bowl Grants:

  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Carlinville Food Pantry
  • St. Vincent dePaul Society/EIU Food Pantry
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
  • Bond County Food Pantry
  • Highland Area Christian Service Ministry
  • Loami Area Community Food Pantry
  • Mt. Olive Care Center Food Pantry
  • Nokomis Food Pantry
  • St. Mary Food Pantry
  • St. Francis Community Assistance Food Pantry
  • St Paul Catholic Church
  • Staunton Helping Hands

St. Therese, the patroness of the Missions

St. Therese of Lisieux is the Patroness of the Missions. Her simple life has much to teach us today about living each day with great love.

Who Cares About the Saints? (Therese of Lisieux) from Loyola Productions on Vimeo.