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Celebrating First Penance and First Eucharist with ALL Children

During the seasons of Lent and Easter, after many weeks of preparation, it is common to see excited children and young people celebrating two momentous...

Allie Johnston

Holy Week Resources for Families

It’s almost Holy Week, a time-honored rite that celebrates life arising from death and the brilliance emerging from places of desolation and despair. Use...

Kathy Hendricks

Palm Sunday Worksheet for Catholic Children

The season of Lent prepares us for the great celebration of Easter. One of the celebrations during the season of Lent is Palm Sunday. In this article, you...

Allie Johnston

How To Engage Young Catholics In Good Works This Lenten Season

The Church will soon begin to observe the liturgical season of Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on February 14, Lent lasts forty...

Allie Johnston

15+ FREE Resources for Lent You Will Love

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...

Kathy Hendricks

A Lenten Preparation Checklist for Families

During Lent, we as Catholics prepare our hearts for the great celebration of Easter. We can also prepare our classrooms and homes for the great...

Allie Johnston

2018 Lenten Ideas for Parishes and Schools

Ash Wednesday for some is like a religious New Year’s. It’s the kick-off for Lenten resolutions that begin with great fervor and dim as the six weeks of...

Kathy Hendricks

How to Enhance Your Lenten Practices So They're More Meaningful

“Lent is a time of spring cleaning through intensifying our prayer life, fasting from food or bad habits, and performing acts of charity and justice.”

Kathy Hendricks

A Printable Reflection and Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, a day of prayer and fasting, marks the beginning of Lent. I often marvel at how many people are drawn to services on Ash Wednesday. After...

Kathy Hendricks

Teach Children about the Easter Triduum

During the Easter Triduum, we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Download a printable Triduum activity designed for early childhood and...

Allie Johnston

Hidden Word Puzzle Lent Activity

As children in your catechetical program learn that Lent is a season of preparing, share a Lenten “Hidden Word Puzzle.”

Allie Johnston

Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent

As a child I learned to “give something up” for Lent. My meager efforts at abstaining from candy or from teasing my little brother pale in comparison to...

Kathy Hendricks

Stations of the Cross Meditations

The origins of the Stations of the Cross stretch back to the Crusades when, as a result of the conquering of the Holy Land, Christians began making...

Kathy Hendricks

A Printable Palm Sunday Activity for Children

The season of Lent prepares us for the great celebration of Easter. One of the celebrations during the season of Lent is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday, the...

Allie Johnston

Holy Week’s Passion

Moving through Holy Week takes stamina. Not only do the liturgies last long and well into the night, but the readings about Christ’s betrayal, trial,...

Kathy Hendricks

What If I’m Asked About… Lent

Download a reproducible handout with an explanation of Lent by a Master Catechist to share with junior high school students.

Allie Johnston

Ashes to Ashes

What draws so many people to services on Ash Wednesday? After all, it’s not a holy day of obligation and it falls smack in the middle of the week. I once...

Kathy Hendricks

An Act of Contrition Prayer Card

The season of Lent is a time of conversion and an opportunity to reflect on ways that we can turn to God with all our hearts. We are encouraged to...

Allie Johnston

Lenten Sacrifice

I admit to having a bit of trouble with the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent. I don’t really find it much of a sacrifice. As a...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer for Lenten Initiative

As the winter Olympic Games in Sochi were wrapping up, the television network played its requisite montage of memorable moments. Skiers, snowboarders,...

Kathy Hendricks

Liturgical Year: Lenten Printable Activity

To help children learn that Lent is the season of preparation for Easter, download a printable activity that becomes an interactive game for students.

Allie Johnston

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