Lent 2016

Lenten Moments of Mercy

Yes, my friends, it’s that time of the year already! Can you believe that Lent is only a couple of weeks away? (Ash Wednesday is February 10.) We’ve barely had time to take down and store away our Christmas decorations.

As always, this season of Lent promises to be full of abundant graces for us and for all those we serve in the catechetical ministry. And, as always, Loyola Press is ready to assist you in guiding people through this season of grace.

First and foremost, we are excited to provide you with Lenten Moments of Mercy, a daily e-mail series that delivers fresh reflections based on the Scriptures of Lent, sharing the inspiring words of Pope Francis and suggesting Lenten actions and prayers. Our Advent Moments of Mercy series was so popular and well-received that I have no doubt you will love receiving the Lenten Moments of Mercy. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, these Lenten Moments of Mercy will enable you to take time each day to prepare your heart for a new appreciation of the journey to Easter.

Loyola Press also has a special Lenten website dedicated to all of our Lenten resources, including the following:

Finally, don’t forget my ever-popular 40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent, which provides you with practical ideas for focusing on Lenten themes in your catechetical sessions throughout the entire season.

For your own personal Lenten enrichment, I recommend my book Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ (also available in Spanish).

If you have any new Lenten ideas you’d like to share with fellow readers of Catechist’s Journey, be sure to send them along to me via either a comment or e-mail: joe (at) catechistsjourney (dot) com.

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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.

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  1. The other 7th grade catechist at our parish and I are gifted with the opportunity to guide our students in leading Living Stations of the Cross for our community. This year we realized that we portray 14 Stations of the Cross and there are 14 Works of Mercy so we are hashing about an idea of linking each Station with a particular Work of Mercy eg Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Clothes to Clothe the Naked. This might possibly be a way that we can link our walking a Way of Mercy to walking Christ’s Way of the Cross.

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