Shop Now Login/Register View Quote View Cart
1.800.221.5175
Catechetical Programs
We Believe Catholic Identity, Parish Edition Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe Catholic Identity, School Edition Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
We Live Our Faith Catholic Identity Edition Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Our Catholic Faith Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
One Faith, One Lord Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
Discovering God Ages 3–5 View Details | Buy Now
God's Own Making Grades 4–8 View Details | Buy Now
Between You and Your Child Grades K–8 View Details | Buy Now
Sacrament Programs
Core
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Eucharist Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Restored Order Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation and Eucharist Intermediate Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Celebrate Baptism View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
We Gather in Prayer Kit Grades K–Adult Buy Now
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
My Mass Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Pray Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Catechetical Bilingual
Creemos Identidad católica Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Vivimos nuestra fe Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Nuestra fe catolica Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Una sola fe, un solo Señor Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
Entre usted y sus hijos Buy Now
Sacrament Bilingual
Core
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconiliación Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Eucaristia Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación y Eucharisita Intermedio Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación-Restauración del orden sacramental Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Creemos y celebramos Bautismo View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Mi libro de la Misa Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Lifelong Learning
Bibles
The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens Buy Now
My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Buy Now
La Biblia católica para jóvenes Buy Now
Adult Resources
Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known Buy Now
Catechism
YOUCAT Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Buy Now
General Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
National Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica Buy Now
Catecismo Católica de los Estados Unidos para adultos Buy Now
Prayer Books
YOUCAT: The Youth Prayer Book Buy Now
Parent's Guide to Prayer Buy Now
Prayerbook for Catechists Buy Now
Sagrada Biblia: Dios Habla Hoy Buy Now

March 5, 2019 WBB Lent, WBB Baptism, REL Seasons - Lent, REL Asset - Mini Lesson, REL Asset - Activity, REL Catechetical - K–6, REL Catechetical - Jr High, REL Topic - Catechesis, REL Sacraments - Baptism, REL Asset - Prayer Card, REL Asset - Handout, REL Asset - Support Article

Teaching About and Celebrating Lent With Catholic Kids

Lent is a season of simple living. As the entire Church prepares for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum, Catholics make special efforts to pray, do penance, and do good works. Every day of the forty-day Lenten season is an opportunity to live simply and prepare for Easter. In this article, you’ll find printable Lent activities and prayers that will help children in your religious education program understand and carry out Lenten practices. Downloads available in Spanish and English.

teaching-about-lent-celebrating-lent-catholic-kids

The Season of Lent

The Liturgical Year is marked by special seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time. Unlike our traditional 365-day calendar, the purpose of the Liturgical Year Calendar is not to mark the passage of time, but to more fully celebrate and understand the entire mystery of Jesus Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of his return in glory. During the course of a year, the paschal mystery—the passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus—is viewed from different angles, in different lights.

The Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which usually occurs around the beginning of December or the end of November, and ends on the feast of Christ the King. The season of Lent begins on March 6. Lent is a season of preparation for the great celebration of Easter.

Lent Activities for Children

During the six-week season of Lent, we are encouraged by the Church to engage in three spiritual practices – prayer, penance, and almsgiving. To assist catechists and parish catechetical leaders in preparing and celebrating with children during this sacred time, Sadlier is pleased to offer a number of inspirational and practical resources. We hope the Lent activities and prayers available will assist your ministry efforts this season!

#1 Living Out Lent Cube Activity

Teach children that Lent is a special season that prepares us for Easter with an interactive activity. With the Living Out Lent Cube Activity children will brainstorm things they can do to make Lent a time of simple living. During the season of Lent, students will roll the cube to determine an activity they will "live out."

Teach children that Lent is a special season that prepares us for Easter with an interactive activity. With the Living Out Lent Cube Activity children will brainstorm things they can do to make Lent a time of simple living. During the season of Lent, students will roll the cube to determine an activity they will "live out."Living Out Lent Activity Download Now

Actividad Vivir el tiempo de Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA

#2 Renew Your Baptism During Lent Activity

Baptism provides the key to Lent. In the fourth and fifth centuries, the Church developed liturgies to assist people who wanted to become Christians. The final forty days of this faith journey, the “forty-day retreat” before Baptism, became what we now call Lent. As part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Lent is the time for catechumens to continue their preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. While some prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism for the first time, all Catholics are asked to renew their Baptism during Lent. It’s a time for those of us who are already baptized to reaffirm what this sacrament means in our lives today.

Download the Renew Your Baptism During Lent Activity to use with primary children. This Lenten worksheet will help young children practice renewing their Baptism during Lent.


Download the Renew Your Baptism During Lent Activity to use with primary children. This Lenten worksheet will help young children practice renewing their Baptism during Lent. Renew Your Baptism During Lent Download Now

Actividad Renueva tu Bautismo DESCARGAR AHORA

#3 The Road to Lent Leads to Easter Lesson

Lent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ's Death and Resurrection at Easter. Lasting for forty days – from Ash Wednesday to the evening of Holy Thursday – the season draws us towards the light of Christ.

Download The Road to Lent Leads to Easter lesson and prayer celebration to discuss the spiritual practices of Lent with children in your religious education program.

Download The Road to Lent Leads to Easter lesson and prayer celebration to discuss the spiritual practices of Lent with children in your religious education program.

The Road to Lent Leads to Easter Download Now

Lección El camino hacia la Cuaresma conduce a la Pascua DESCARGAR AHORA

#4 What If I’m Asked About Lent?

When you hear the word Lent, what picture comes to mind? Penance, purple, fish, ashes, fasting, sacrifice? These are the images many Catholics associate with Lent.

Our idea of what Lent is will be closer to the Church's meaning of the seasons if the first thing that comes to our minds is an image of new life–of Baptism! Download the What If I'm Asked About Lent? Faith Fact with an explanation of Lent by a Master Catechist to share with junior high school students.

Asked_About_Lent_Act_thumb_750px

What if I'm Asked about Lent? Download Now

¿Y si me preguntan sobre la Cuaresma? DESCARGAR AHORA

#5 Lenten Word Search Puzzle

As children in your catechetical program learn that Lent is a season of preparing, share a Lenten Word Search Puzzle Activity. Download and distribute the activity sheets to students. Read the directions aloud. Ask volunteers to read the words in the box aloud. Explain to children that they are to find and circle each word in the puzzle. The words can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and backwards. You may want to the children to work with a partner to explain the significance of each word during Lent.

As children in your catechetical program learn that Lent is a season of preparing, share a Lenten Word Search Puzzle Activity. Download and distribute the activity sheets to students.

Lenten Word Search Puzzle Download Now

Actividad Sopa de letras sobre la Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA

Lent Prayers for Children

#6 Prayer for Lenten Spirit

Children and families can use the Prayer for a Lenten Spirit to help keep their seasonal intentions intact. Download and share it in your parish.

Lenten_Spirit_PryrCrd_thumb_750px

Prayer for Lenten Spirit Download Now

Oración por el espíritu de la Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA

#7 Prayer for Lenten Initiative

The season of Lent encourages us to go outside of ourselves to serve others and learn what it truly means to live out the love of Jesus. Encourage children to use prayer to strengthen their resolve to take part in Lenten practices and serve others. Download a Prayer for Lenten Initiative and share it in your parish.

Lenten_Initiative_PryrCrd_thumb_750px

Prayer for Lenten Intitiative Download Now

Oración por la iniciativa de Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA

#8 Lenten Reflection

Provide children in your religious education program ideas on ways to keep their momentum strong throughout the six weeks of the Lenten season. Download and share these Lenten Practices Reflection Cards in your religious education program and parish!

lenten-practices-750px

Lenten Practices Reflection Cards Download Now

Tarjetas de reflexión Prácticas de Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA

Supporting Encounter with Christ

#9 Encountering Christ In Lent

As catechists teach children about the Lenten season, support them in drawing children towards Christ and creating opportunities for children to encounter Christ. Framed within three traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Lent offers a precious opportunity to encounter Christ as we make our way towards Easter. Download and distribute the Encountering Christ in Lent Support Article to inspire encounter Christ this Lent.

WBB_EncounteringChrist_thumb_750px

Encountering Christ in Lent Support Article Download Now

Artículo de apoyo: Encontrarse con Cristo en la Cuaresma DESCARGAR AHORA