Lent, Ashes, Penance, and Mrs. Doubtfire – Catholic Blog Day

February 22, 2012 Joe Paprocki 2

(Jonathan Sullivan has invited all Catholic bloggers to write on a common theme today – penance – as a way to mark Catholic Blog Day. I’m happy to participate with my fellow Catholic bloggers!) There is a great scene in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire in which Robin Williams, dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire (a matronly British nanny), has had too much to drink. In his inebriated state, his eyes land on a sexy woman at the […]

Lent: A 40-Day Retreat/Learning to Throw a Change-up

February 21, 2012 Joe Paprocki 0

The beginning of Lent often coincides with the beginning of spring training and the reporting of pitchers and catchers, so I can’t help but dip into my bag of sports metaphors to talk about Lent. Lent is nothing more than a 40-day retreat and a retreat is basically an opportunity to step back from ordinary activities to connect with God in a special way. It’s the spiritual equivalent of throwing a change-up. For those of […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Stained Glass Cross Craft

February 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 1

This activity is called Stained Glass Cross Craft and comes to us from a Web site called Frills, Fluff, and Trucks. The craft is very simple and requires only tissue paper (cut into squares), clear contact paper, and black paper (cut into two matching size cross outlines). Begin by taping down a section of contact paper onto a table top, sticky side up, and place one of the cross outlines on it. Next, invite the […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Last Supper Craft

February 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 5

This activity is called Last Supper Craft and comes to us from a Web site called Catholic Icing. It is ideal preparation for Holy Thursday and is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper Painting. The nice thing is that Lacy, the host of the Web site, is kind enough to share her printables which make this craft possible. She has a nice tutorial that leads you step by step through creating this simple work […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities – Stations of the Cross Carousel

February 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 6

Lent is right around the corner! With that in mind, I’m happy to share with you one of a number of NEW activities for my 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent! This activity is called Stations of the Cross Carousel and provides young people with an opportunity to be creative while reflecting and praying upon the Stations of the Cross. You can get all the details here.

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Good Deeds Bracelets for Lent

February 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 1

This activity is called Good Deeds Bracelets for Lent and it comes to us from Arma Dei. They describe it this way: Inspired by St. Therese, this bracelet works similar to other good deed bead bracelets, as the beads slide and stay in place, recording each good deed, extra prayer (foregone opportunity to complain) or sacrifice. Arma Dei sells a craft kit that contains everything you need to create these bracelets. Be sure to take […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Salt Dough Crown of Thorns

February 13, 2012 Joe Paprocki 3

Today’s activity – a Salt Dough Crown of Thorns – can be found in many places on the Internet, I am drawing from a  couple of Web sites: Ten Kids and a Dog and Three Sided Wheel (which has an excellent tutorial) Basically, you make a salt dough and then roll out the dough into 3 long rolls/ropes. Next, you braid the rolls/ropes and shape it into a circle. Add toothpicks (loosely) to represent the thorns, asking forgiveness […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: Walk the Lenten Path

February 7, 2012 Joe Paprocki 13

Lent is right around the corner (Feb. 22, 2012)! With that in mind, I’m happy to share with you one of a number of NEW activities for my 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent which I will be unveiling soon! This idea comes from Liz who blogs at Holy Family Classical Academy. The activity is called Walk the Lenten Path. Liz has created a Lenten calendar that helps children walk through the season of Lent […]

It’s Not Too Early to Start Thinking LENT!

January 24, 2012 Joe Paprocki 6

Believe it or not, LENT is only 4 weeks away! With that in mind, I’m happy to once again provide you with a number of Lenten resources right here on my blog, beginning with the popular 40 Crosses Lenten Calendar idea created by my friend Victor Valdez, a DRE in Mountain View, CA. Thank you, Victor, for sharing this idea with us. With help from some folks here at Loyola Press, we’ve updated the calendar for […]

“Wailing Wall” Activity

March 7, 2011 Joe Paprocki 2

This great idea came to me from a catechist by the name of Connie…thanks Connie! Hi Joe, Thanks for the Lenten calendar–I’m always looking for something new! Here’s something I did last night with my sixth graders, who are studying the Old Testament. We made our own Wailing Wall–which we will use throughout Lent. Before class, I drew outlines of the bricks/stones in black marker on a piece of butcher paper. When the kids came in, […]

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