The Church’s liturgical year forms us so that we more closely reflect the image of God. Families can facilitate this formation by observing the liturgical calendar and by engaging in family rituals and activities that mark the seasons and feasts of the Church year and remind us of their significance.
To help families in observing the liturgical calendar, download our Liturgical Year Family Activities. This resource is full of ideas to draw families more deeply into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ as they celebrate the seasons and feasts of the Catholic Church year. Print the handout as a booklet for reference throughout the year, or share only the seasonally appropriate section as we approach Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. Or print the full activities list and display all the pages on a wall as a large chart to inspire ideas throughout the year.
Encourage families to choose the activities they would find most meaningful, and, in many cases, most enjoyable. No family is expected to complete every idea on the list, but as families get used to celebrating the Church year, expect them to want to do more celebrating.
This resource is perfect for the Year of the Family that Pope Francis announced for March 19, 2021, to June 26, 2022.