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Celebrate established Catholic Lenten traditions and begin new ones as you explore these family actions and activities focused on our three guiding Catholic practices…
· PRAYER - privately and communally, we speak and listen to God.
· FASTING - we “give it up” or “take it on” as a sign of sacrifice.
· ALMSGIVING - we give generously from the heart in thought, word, and deed.
Check this page each week for new resources as we go along.
FOR ALL FAMILIES - INTERGENERATIONAL
Lent through Sacred Art - Click here to view beautiful and vibrant master paintings and listen to or read the accompanying reflection for each painting. Weekly paintings will be posted during Lent.
The Color of Lent - Purple up your home for Lent:
Many churches change the colors of the paraments (the cloths that are used in the worship space) to reflect the seasons of the church year. How about some interior decorating? "Purple up" your home together during Lent.
PRAYER - ALMSGIVING - FASTING
Prayer - Regardless of the weather, winter often brings trips to visit friends and family. Often the journey home can be a stressful part of winter. Pilgrimage is an ancient practice and our modern travels can be more meaningful and less stressful if we make it a spiritual journey.
Prayer – When families pray together, they help one another to talk and listen to God. Tap your imaginations for entering into God’s presence by stimulating your senses. Smell the bread, taste the grape juice, listen to the sound of frying fish, experience the quiet of an outdoor garden.
Almsgiving – Every sibling relationship is unique. Scripture has some famous siblings. By taking a look at other sibling relationships, we can find ways to talk about our own families. We also can find ways to care for one another.
Almsgiving – Families can grow in awareness of people in their church and community who are in need of prayer. Family members of all ages can pray for others and let people know they are praying for them.
Fasting – Fasting is an ancient practice of “giving up.” Fasting enables us to mark time by living in a different way, most often giving up food for a set period of time. Fasting can help us to focus on God and to better appreciate things we take for granted (use the included resource to teach your family about the forms of fasting).
Fasting - What does your family worry about most? By exploring Matthew 6:25-34 your family will explore what God has to say about worry. Make a knotted rope to replace worry with prayer.
MORE RESOURCES TO EXPLORE...Families with High School Teens
The idea of giving up something or taking on a new discipline during Lent can be intimidating. Like most things in life, it is easier when we do it with others. Family members and friends can be great accountability partners during Lent.
Christians often give up something important to them during Lent, as a personal sacrifice. While this practice of giving up something can be a spiritual discipline, it can also remind us to be thankful for how much we have. Learn how “giving up” can turn into “helping out.”.http://vibrantfaithathome.org/item/the-price-of-preparation
Families with Middle School Tweens
Jump-start your family’s Lenten observance with a lesson in generosity (almsgiving). Pick any week or two during Lent and collect coins. Purchase a gas card with what you gather, and donate it to someone in need.
Families with Young Children (ages 4-10)
Make a crown of thorns from bread, resembling the crown Jesus wore when he suffered and died. For each good deed performed during Lent, remove a thorn from the crown, illustrating that acts of kindness and mercy help relieve suffering.
Lent reminds us to share God’s love with all living creatures while they are alive on this earth. Listen to a story by a child named Chris, and then choose an activity to help you practice love during this season of Lent.