This Lenten activity is an opportunity for catechists to help young people focus on concrete, practical examples of practicing the Lenten disciplines.
A Lenten Practices Jar
- Sometimes, kids need help in coming up with concrete suggestions for practicing the Lenten disciplines. They also need reminders!
- A Lenten Practices Jar is a way to do just this: provide suggestions and remind young people to practice the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and giving alms.
- Find a large jar and decorate it with Lenten symbols and “label” it: Lenten Practices Jar.
- On slips of paper, write examples/suggestions for practicing the Lenten disciplines and fold the slips in half.
- Consider involving the young people in the creation of these slips of paper by brainstorming as a group, practical suggestions for practicing prayer, fasting, and giving alms.
- Prayer: pray a 3-Minute retreat at www.loyolapress.com / pray a decade of the Rosary / read and pray about this Sunday’s Gospel / take to heart (memorize) a traditional Catholic prayer
- Fasting: skip a meal today / go through an entire evening without having any snacks / have a bowl of soup instead of a full meal / at dinner, fill your plate with only what you need and take no seconds
- Almsgiving: go through your bedroom (and your house) and collect loose change to donate to a charity / go through your closets and drawers to gather some clothes to donate to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or other charity / volunteer to serve at a soup kitchen within the coming week
- Place all of these slips of paper in the jar and, each time you gather with your young people, invite them to take a slip from the jar and put the suggestion into practice.