40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: The 7 Last Words of Christ Scripture Search

March 3, 2009 Joe Paprocki 10

Today’s Lenten activity is a Scripture search on the Seven Last Words of Christ. More on that in a second. The Seven Last Words of Christ – A Scripture Search Explain that, before dying, many people speak final words that express their feelings and thoughts at that moment. Invite the young people to identify the speakers of these famous last words (fictional and non-fictional): “Et tu, Brute?”  (Julius Caesar) “I have been and always will be […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: Operation Rice Bowl and Peace Pole

March 2, 2009 Joe Paprocki 0

We continue our “festival” of lenten activities – ideas that catechists can use during these 40 days of Lent. Operation Rice Bowl and Peace Pole   Yesterday, I posted about Operation Rice Bowl. No sooner had I done that then I received an email from a good friend, DRE Terry Bergmann, at St. Julian Eymard Parish in Elk Grove Village, IL, telling me about how she has implemented Operation Rice Bowl at her parish and […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Bury the Alleluia

February 28, 2009 Joe Paprocki 8

During these 40 days of Lent, I am offering 40 ideas (activities) to help catechists engage young people around the themes and images of this sacred season. Here is your next Lenten activity: Bury the Alleluia Write the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” on the board and ask if anyone can explain what it means. (we miss something or someone the longer we are without it or them) Point out that during the […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Remembering the Lamb

February 26, 2009 Joe Paprocki 2

During these 40 days of Lent, I am offering 40 ideas (activities) to help catechists engage young people around the themes and images of this holy season. Here is your next Lenten activity: Remembering the Lamb Explain that we refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God” not because we want to think of him as cute and cuddly, but because lambs were the animal used in sacrifice for the celebration of Passover. Remind the […]

40 Ideas for 40 Days—Lenten Activities: Avoiding Temptations

February 23, 2009 Joe Paprocki 17

Avoiding Temptations Arrange the young people in pairs and invite them to brainstorm a list of temptations that young people their age can try to avoid during Lent. (Examples: gossiping, calling people names, being lazy, and so on.) Then, have them identify strategies for resisting temptation. (Examples: praying, doing another activity to avoid thinking about the temptation, talking to a parent, teacher, or older friend/relative, and so on.) Have each pair report their ideas to […]

Lent: So What’s Up with the Number 40?

February 20, 2007 Joe Paprocki 0

“These forty days of Lent, O Lord, to you we fast and pray…”  We all know that Lent has 40 days but it may cause us to wonder about the significance of the number 40. Did you know that the number 40 appears in the Bible nearly 200 times?!!! What’s up with that? In the Bible, the number 40 is symbolic and represents a significant period of time during which an individual’s faith is tested. So, what […]

Hooking Your Students – An Idea for Lent

February 12, 2007 Joe Paprocki 8

I’m a firm believer in doing short transitional activities (3-5 minutes) in religious education that engage the students and act as segues into the “meat” of the lesson. They act as attention-getters or “hooks” that make a connection for the students. Here’s an example of one such activity that can be used to introduce the season of Lent: Select 4 or 5 students and hand each of them some paper plates, paper cups, and plastic ware (or anything […]

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