40 Ideas for 40 Days—My Lenten Calendar: 40 Crosses

Several years ago, my friend Victor Valdez provided us with Lenten Calendars (40 Crosses). Sadly, Victor passed away in 2013. In honor of his memory, we have updated his calendars in English and Spanish. Thank you again, Victor. Rest in peace, good friend!

Hard to believe that Lent is just a few weeks away!

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Here are the links to the calendars:

40 Crosses 2017 (English)

40 Crosses 2017 (Spanish)


40 Ideas for 40 Days
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40 Ideas for 40 Days
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

33 Comments on 40 Ideas for 40 Days—My Lenten Calendar: 40 Crosses

  1. I loved the Lenten Calendars; they’re a great way to help our little ones. Thank you! If you don’t mind; perhaps the Spanish one can be revised (two of the directions):
    Yo rec –> Yo hice una oraci n extra.
    Yo hice algo bueno que fue dif cil –> Yo hice algo bueno que fue dificil de hacer para m .
    Again, thank you for sharing! Blessings!!! 🙂

  2. Thank you for the idea for Lent. This is one more time when you have given us a good idea which is practical and very user friendly. Marie

  3. Thank you for the calendar. It’s a simple way for students (and teachers) to pause each day and consider what we did to bring us closer to Jesus and to prepare for the celebration of Easter. I noticed that with the crosses on Sundays that makes 46 crosses rather than 40!

  4. Thank you so much! Do you know of any good calendars for adults that are free? I’m doing a family gathering and want to think of some faith enrichment ideas for adults.
    I love this calendar for kids- it’s one of my favorites every year!

  5. **THANK YOU** and God Bless! a Beautiful way to encourage our children to be involved with Lent no matter what age and also to Honor Victor!!

    • Hi Sr. Pat. Yes, the 2015 Lenten crosses calendar will be available soon as will my popular 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent page. Thanks for asking.

      • Hi Joe, Thanks for all of the work you do for all of us. I’m a volunteer youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church here in Corpus Christi, Tx and I’m overwhelmed sometimes with coming up with a talk or program for our Wednesday night high school youth group meetings. In researching the internet for ideas surrounding Lent, I came across your site. Since we meet weekly, your 7 ideas for each week of Lent might be of great help. Can you tell me where to access them? Thanks again.

        • Hi Luis and thanks for your comments and for all you do working with our youth. Look for a downloadable free e-book on 7 Ways to Practice Lent on January 28!

  6. Since the 2015 calendar is not out yet, have you ever considered to include in the good deeds something relating to fasting so we could encourage the 3 traditional Lenten observation of praying, fasting and almsgiving? For the children, it is easy to the extend the almsgiving to doing something nice for others. I have been tempted to use your calendar in previous years but passed on it because I thought it would just be confusing when teaching them pray/fast/give alms but only to give them a calendar that let them record pray/give.

  7. Thank you for the 2015 update!! I love using this each year. We appreciate the time you spend to share this wonderful resource with all of us! May God shower you with even more blessings 🙂

  8. Thank you for the 40 crosses. I am going to use it for my personal lenten journey and share it with my students as well.
    Blessings,
    Sr. Josephine

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