Wednesday, March 2
My Lenten Calendar: 40 Crosses
Color a cross each day for 40 days showing good deeds done out of love for Jesus.
Thursday, March 3
Lenten Actions Cards
Encourage families to take practical steps toward practicing the traditional Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Friday, March 4
A Prayer for Fasting
Pray with young people to help them understand the purpose of fasting.
Saturday, March 5
Hooking Your Students: An Idea for Lent
Demonstrate how we practice letting go of things as a way of opening our hearts to receive God’s grace.
First Sunday of Lent
Monday, March 7
Lenten Activities: A Lenten Chain
Watch the chain grow during Lent as young people identify their Lenten goals.
Tuesday, March 8
Guided Reflection on Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
Introduce young people to the three Lenten disciplines through a prayerful reflection.
Wednesday, March 9
Lent with the Saints
Be inspired in prayer and action this Lent through the examples of St. Teresa of Ávila, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Lawrence Ruiz, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, and more.
Thursday, March 10
Helping Families Celebrate Lent
Help families see that it can be fun and enriching to celebrate Catholic Lenten traditions at home.
Friday, March 11
Praying with the Stations of the Cross—With Free Station to Station Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Learn about Jesus’ responses to suffering and our responses as well.
Saturday, March 12
Brainstorm temptations that young people face and can strive to avoid during Lent.
Second Sunday of Lent
Monday, March 14
Lent: So What’s Up with the Number 40?
Explore how, in the Bible, the number 40 is symbolic and represents a significant period of time during which an individual’s faith is tested.
Tuesday, March 15
Prayer Cubes for Lent
Encourage family prayer, and develop a habit of prayer in children by creating prayer cubes.
Wednesday, March 16
Five Ways to Follow Jesus During Lent
Help young people experience Lent in a way that connects them to Jesus.
Thursday, March 17
Praying with St. Patrick
Encourage young people to draw closer to God and one another by taking St. Patrick’s Breastplate to heart.
Friday, March 18
Focus on the celebration of the rites called the Scrutinies, which are celebrated with the catechumens (those to be baptized on Holy Saturday) on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent.
Saturday, March 19
Silence is Golden (In Honor of St. Joseph)
Use the Feast of St. Joseph, who was a quiet man, to teach young people to be quiet during this season of Lent in order to meet Jesus in their hearts.
Third Sunday of Lent
Monday, March 21
Remembering the Lamb
Glue cotton balls onto a lamb for each prayer or doctrinal formula children take to heart during Lent.
Tuesday, March 22
Sacred Art—Budding Artists
Engage those young people who are more visual and perhaps even artistically inclined, focusing on the Stations of the Cross.
Wednesday, March 23
What’s with the Pretzels?
Explore why pretzels are a traditional Lenten food that remind us to pray and fast.
Thursday, March 24
Fasting with St. Vincent Ferrer
Show young people how they might learn from St. Vincent’s example this Lent.
Friday, March 25
Six Ways to Keep the Message of Lent a Focal Point All Season
Keep Lenten themes the focus of every session for the entire season.
Saturday, March 26
Reconciliation Resources: A Story of Reconciliation and an Examination of Conscience
Download two resources to help in preparing for a Reconciliation service.
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Monday, March 28
What Lenten Hymns Teach
Search through Lenten hymns to identify the meaning of Lent.
Tuesday, March 29
Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities—Free Resource Packet
Spread the message of mercy to those you serve.
Wednesday, March 30
The Desert Experience
Explore with children the Lenten image of the desert, where God is encountered in a special way.
Thursday, March 31
Stations of the Cross Tableaus
Create “freeze frames” of the Stations of the Cross.
Friday, April 1
Learn to recognize impulsive behaviors and work to overcome them.
Saturday, April 2
Developing Students’ Prayerful Habits During Lent
Make a Lenten journey folder as one way to introduce young children to prayer.
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Monday, April 4
Praying the Daily Examen
Learn how to practice an Ignatian form of prayer—the Daily Examen—during Lent.
Tuesday, April 5
Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Scripture Search
Do a Scripture search to locate the five Sorrowful Mysteries prayed in the Rosary.
Wednesday, April 6
Giving Alms with St. Katharine Drexel
Help young people to develop a generous heart like St. Katharine Drexel.
Thursday, April 7
The Seven Last Words of Christ Scripture Search
Search Scripture for the Seven Last Words of Christ as recorded in the Gospels.
Friday, April 8
Looking for Clues
Help children become more familiar with the Passion story.
Saturday, April 9
Holy Week Activities Pack
Help children and families experience the full meaning of the final days before Easter.
Monday, April 11
Holy Week Basket
Connect Holy Week and the end of Lent to the celebration of Easter by creating Holy Week baskets.
Tuesday, April 12
Scenes from Holy Week
Invite young people to imagine drawing the cover of a parish bulletin for Holy Week.
Wednesday, April 13
Design a triptych showing symbols of the Triduum with this activity from the Christ Our Life program.
Thursday, April 14
Learning about the Last Supper
Focus on the Eucharist and the Last Supper with young people.
Friday, April 15
10 Ways to Help Children Appreciate the Triduum
Teach about the Triduum during the week preceding it.
Saturday, April 16
Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation
Teach older children, teens, and adults about the holiest time of the year.