File Away for Next Lent: Neighborhood Way of the Cross

I would have shared this with you earlier, but I didn’t hear about it until Lent was over! So, file this one away for next Lent. I recently heard about a parish that did the Stations of the Cross during Lent through their neighborhood, arranging to stop at 14 pre-selected homes where each Station was prayed. I think this is a wonderful idea and a way to get families involved in a traditional Lenten practice. […]

Experiences Teaching Catholic Devotions

During my planning of sessions this year, it occurred to me that young people in our programs never get exposed to the Stations of the Cross or many other traditional Catholic devotions. Even when I include the Stations in my plan, I’m teaching what they are, not leading or praying them with the young people. Maybe I needed to think differently about my approach, so this year I decided to try praying the Stations of […]

Touched by the Sacred – Let’s Hear Your Story

Beautiful story from Karen: I teach RCIA for kids (2nd – 6th grades). During Lent, right before they will be baptized, we do the Stations of the Cross. We have some posters that I put up around the room and down the hallway. At the last minute, I decided to add a candle for each one since they had really enjoyed lighting the one we used for our opening prayer each week. We went through […]

A Lenten Idea from Anna Marie

Here’s a nice Lenten idea shared by a catechist named Anna Marie. Thanks, Anna Marie! Here’s a Lenten idea that I have done in 7th-10th graders.  The last day before we depart for Spring/Easter Break or during Holy Week, I create the classroom as a Retreat/Desert experience.  Shades are pulled down, lights are dimmed if possible, and the window of the classroom door is covered.  There is a sign placed outside the door:  Do Not […]

40/40 – Lenten Activities: Writing Prayers for the Stations of the Cross

Today’s Lenten activity  comes to us from a Web site called Catechetical Resources: A Community of Catechists which I discovered through Lisa Hendey’s wonderful CatholicMom Web site. Writing Prayers for the Stations of the Cross This activity is an opportunity for catechists to invite young people to write their own prayers (and to color the pictures) for each of the Stations of the Cross. Click here to go to Catechetical Resources for their PDF handout.

Lent FAQ with Joe Paprocki – A Short Video

With Ash Wedensday being only 2 weeks from tomorrow, I thought that now would be a good time to offer you a brief video titled Lent FAQ with Joe Paprocki – some simple answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Lenten season. why do we have a season of Lent? why is Lent 40 days? why do we start Lent by wearing ashes? why do we practice prayer, fasting, and giving alms […]