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March 20, 2006

HIGH SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION RICE BOWL


Archdiocesan High School students have the unique opportunity to participate in Operation Rice Bowl and help the less fortunate in the Greater Philadelphia area and throughout the world. To assist in this effort, ARAMARK is generously donating $.25 per slice of pizza purchased during lunch to Operation Rice Bowl.

12 noon - 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Archbishop John Carroll High School Cafeteria
211 Matson Ford Road
Radnor, Pennsylvania


Other Archdiocesan High Schools participating are Archbishop Prendergast, Archbishop Ryan, Archbishop Wood, Bishop McDevitt, Bishop Shanahan, Cardinal Dougherty, Cardinal O'Hara, Conwell-Egan, Father Judge, St. Hubert, Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti, John W. Hallahan, Kennedy-Kenrick, Lansdale Catholic, Little Flower, Monsignor Bonner, Northeast Catholic, St. Pius, Roman Catholic, West Philadelphia, Holy Ghost Preparatory School and Gwynedd-Mercy Academy High School.

For the past 30 years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has begun Operation Rice Bowl on Ash Wednesday. Operation Rice Bowl is a 40-day Lenten program, which encourages parishioners to fast one day a week during Lent. Families place money that would have been spent on meals in a cardboard "rice bowl" to remember those who are poor and hungry. Since its beginning Operation Rice Bowl has raised more than $142 million to fund projects around the world and in local diocesan communities in the United States. More than 15,000 faith communities across the United States participate in Operation Rice Bowl.

In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, hundreds of parishes and schools participate annually in Operation Rice Bowl. In Lent of 2005, close to $250,000 was raised. Of that amount, three quarters was sent directly overseas for Catholic Relief Services projects. One-quarter remained in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and assisted Nutritional Development Services in the purchase of food for local soup kitchens and food cupboards. For more information on Operation Rice Bowl please visit www.catholicrelief.org or contact Anne Ayella, CRS Diocesan Director at 215-895-3486 x 717.
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Contact
Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747

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