40 Ideas for 40 Days—My Lenten Calendar: 40 Crosses

Several years ago, my friend Victor Valdez provided us with Lenten Calendars (40 Crosses). Sadly, Victor passed away in 2013. In honor of his memory, we have updated his calendars in English and Spanish. Thank you again, Victor. Rest in peace, good friend!

Hard to believe that Lent is just a few weeks away!


Here are the links to the calendars:

40 Crosses 2021 (English)

40 Crosses 2021 (Spanish)

40 Ideas for 40 Days
Check out all of the activities for Lent.
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

41 Comments on 40 Ideas for 40 Days—My Lenten Calendar: 40 Crosses

  1. I loved the Lenten Calendars; they’re a great way to help our little ones. Thank you! If you don’t mind; perhaps the Spanish one can be revised (two of the directions):
    Yo rec –> Yo hice una oraci n extra.
    Yo hice algo bueno que fue dif cil –> Yo hice algo bueno que fue dificil de hacer para m .
    Again, thank you for sharing! Blessings!!! 🙂

  2. Thank you for the idea for Lent. This is one more time when you have given us a good idea which is practical and very user friendly. Marie

  3. Thank you for the calendar. It’s a simple way for students (and teachers) to pause each day and consider what we did to bring us closer to Jesus and to prepare for the celebration of Easter. I noticed that with the crosses on Sundays that makes 46 crosses rather than 40!

  4. Thank you so much! Do you know of any good calendars for adults that are free? I’m doing a family gathering and want to think of some faith enrichment ideas for adults.
    I love this calendar for kids- it’s one of my favorites every year!

  5. **THANK YOU** and God Bless! a Beautiful way to encourage our children to be involved with Lent no matter what age and also to Honor Victor!!

    • Hi Sr. Pat. Yes, the 2015 Lenten crosses calendar will be available soon as will my popular 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent page. Thanks for asking.

      • Hi Joe, Thanks for all of the work you do for all of us. I’m a volunteer youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church here in Corpus Christi, Tx and I’m overwhelmed sometimes with coming up with a talk or program for our Wednesday night high school youth group meetings. In researching the internet for ideas surrounding Lent, I came across your site. Since we meet weekly, your 7 ideas for each week of Lent might be of great help. Can you tell me where to access them? Thanks again.

        • Hi Luis and thanks for your comments and for all you do working with our youth. Look for a downloadable free e-book on 7 Ways to Practice Lent on January 28!

  6. Since the 2015 calendar is not out yet, have you ever considered to include in the good deeds something relating to fasting so we could encourage the 3 traditional Lenten observation of praying, fasting and almsgiving? For the children, it is easy to the extend the almsgiving to doing something nice for others. I have been tempted to use your calendar in previous years but passed on it because I thought it would just be confusing when teaching them pray/fast/give alms but only to give them a calendar that let them record pray/give.

  7. Thank you for the 2015 update!! I love using this each year. We appreciate the time you spend to share this wonderful resource with all of us! May God shower you with even more blessings 🙂

  8. Thank you for the 40 crosses. I am going to use it for my personal lenten journey and share it with my students as well.
    Sr. Josephine

  9. Thank you so much for keeping this Lenten Calendar up-to-date! I found this about 3 years ago and have been happily using it since. Lots of positive remarks from parents (yeah!). Small suggestion: would it be possible for you to add the Triduum to your next update? It would look so much better than me penciling the these days.

    I enjoyed a most wonderful Saturday morning on Jan 20 in San Diego., CA Thank you for coming to our diocese and sharing your talents with us. I hope your wife had a lovely birthday!

    • Thanks Kristi, I enjoyed San Diego as well…wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy the “warmth” (compared to Chicago!)

  10. Thank You so incredibly much for updating this calendar each year! We are truly grateful to be able to print it out and use it during Lent. Eternal Rest Grant Unto Victor Oh Lord, and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May He and All the Souls of the Faithfully Departed, Through the Mercies of God, Rest In Peace! Thank You Victor and Joe for the 40 Crosses!

  11. Thank you for continuing to provide the Lenten Calendar 40 Crosses. I use this in my third grade Religious Ed class…it’s a great way to teach the children what Lent is all about !! Thank you again !

    • It’s an honor for us to do so in honor of its creator, the late Victor Valdez, who was a catechist in San Francisco! His legacy and work live on!

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