Preparing for Ash Wednesday

February 9, 2016 Denise Gorss 0

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, so we’ll take all the children in the religious education program to church for Mass. It’s the same Mass the full parish is invited to, and it’s usually crowded. By taking the children to this Mass, we emphasize that not only is Ash Wednesday something special, but that we are part of a parish community. Because of the Mass, we don’t have a class session this week to discuss Lent; we had […]

A Lenten Family Day

March 19, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

Cyndi from Louisville, KY, shares the following. Great job, Cyndi! Hi Joe Just wanted to share how our Sunday Religious Program has used one of your 40 ideas for Lent. We took the Declaration of Dependence you proposed for the class and expanded it to be for the entire program and all the families. At our Lenten Family Day we baked Pretzels (also one of your ideas) and while the pretzels were baking every person […]

An Introduction to Lent

February 24, 2014 Joe Paprocki 1

Tomorrow’s lesson is going to be an overview of the upcoming season of Lent which is just over a week away (Ash Wednesday is March 5)! For this lesson, I will be using my FREE Lent PowerPoint. As with the previous PowerPoints I’ve made available, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this season. To download the Lent PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, […]

Ash Wednesday (Lent) is ONE MONTH From Today!

February 5, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

It’s hard to believe, but Ash Wednesday is exactly one month from today (March 5, 2014)! Don’t forget the following resources I’m making available to you: My FREE Lenten PowerPoint (As promised, here is that same Lenten PowerPoint in PDF format) 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent Lent Resources for small faith groups In addition, here are lots more Lenten resources from Loyola Press.

40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent!

February 3, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

It’s that time once again! The Lenten season is just one month away! To help you with your planning, I’m once again providing my popular 40 Ideas for 40 Days. Let me know which activities you chose to do, how you did them (adding your own twists) and  how things turned out! In addition, here are lots more Lenten resources from Loyola Press. And don’t forget my list of Lenten resources for small faith groups!

Lent Resources for Small Faith Groups

February 3, 2014 Joe Paprocki 0

As Lent approaches, many parishes and college campuses look to form small faith groups so that people can share the journey of Lent together. Here are some great resources for small faith groups from Loyola Press that I recommend: Online Lenten Opportunities for Small Groups Arts & Faith: Lent – A visual prayer experience for Lent. Each week provides a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. The Ignatian Workout for Lent: […]

Free Lenten PowerPoint!

January 29, 2014 Joe Paprocki 16

Continuing my monthly giveaway of free PowerPoint presentations, I am happy to offer you a presentation for Lent! As with the previous PowerPoints, this presentation includes a script (in Note Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this season. To download the Lent PowerPoint from authorSTREAM, click on the link above or the image to the left. I look forward to your feedback! When you download it from […]

Happy St. Joseph’s Day!

March 19, 2013 Joe Paprocki 4

On this Feast Day of St. Joseph, my patron saint, let’s take a moment to reflect on his quiet nature and how fitting that is for the Lenten season! Here is my post from a couple of years ago on St. Joseph along with an activity from my 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent. Happy Feast Day to all the Joe’s out there!

Q & A from Lenten Webinar

February 14, 2013 Joe Paprocki 3

Just a reminder that a recording of my Lenten Webinar will be posted here shortly…stay tuned. In the meantime, I received a number of questions from participants during the Webinar and did not have time to address them that evening so I’m happy to do so now. Here they are: Lent 2013 Webinar Q & A (PDF) Lenten Webinar Q & A – Word Document Lenten Webinar Q & A (Word 97-03) [photo courtesy of Matt […]

Letting Go of Bad Habits During Lent

February 13, 2013 Joe Paprocki 2

During my Webinar last evening, I asked participants to share suggestions of bad habits we can let go of during Lent. What a great list of suggestions! What resonates with you? What might you add? Gossiping­ Lack of patience­ Anger­ ­Being judgmental­ ­Laziness­ ­TV Shows­ ­Negative self talk­ ­Being opinionated ­Spending too much time on Facebook ­Watching too much TV­ ­Spending too much time on the Internet­ ­Negative thinking­ ­Not praying enough­ ­Unkind words to […]

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