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TANJUNG ARU – Stella Maris parish here initiated a ‘Rice Bowl’ project during Lent, which was well participated by parishioners, who contributed either in kind or cash.
The goods were distributed to Holy Family in Purak, Woori Jib Potuki, Assumption of Our Lady Sugud, Bukit Harapan Manggatal, IY Formation House, Good Shepherd Crisis Centre, Seri Mengasih Tanjung Aru, Franciscan Pre-Novitiate and Generalate, and needy families in the parish and in the vicinity of Tanjung Aru.
The Rice Bowl was initiated by the altar servers and youths, supported by the sacristans.
During Lent, the parishioners broadened their awareness that Lenten practices are not only prayers and fasting, but also in almsgiving. Contributing a rice bowl a day to feed the hungry gave them a sense of joy and accomplishment: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Mt 25:35–36)
The Rice Bowl team during their visits also got to know and understand better those in need. – Teresa Alberto