Lent Preview

Ash Wednesday is February 14.

Ash Wednesday is three weeks away, so now’s the time to start planning for Lent. 

Lent invites us to turn our minds and hearts back to the God of mercy. Discover inspiring ways to observe the season with these ideas. 

Liturgical Year: Lent
Bookmark this link for a full selection of Lenten articles, activities, prayers, and videos.

Living Lent Daily
Come to know Jesus as a friend, and experience God’s unbelievable love and generosity toward us. Living Lent Daily is a daily e-mail series designed to help you grow in friendship with God. Each day’s message includes a brief reflection by William A. Barry, SJ.

Lenten Resources for Catechists
Journey with your class and fellow catechists and teachers with the aid of articles and activities from Catechist’s Journey.

Stations of the Cross
Experience this common Lenten devotion with increased understanding this year. Use our popular Stations of the Cross for Children, available in English and in Spanish, or read helpful articles by Gary Jansen and James Campbell.

Arts & Faith: Lent
Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent using video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Includes classroom activity ideas.

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure
Join in an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat. Author Barbara Lee will share her experiences with the Ignatian Prayer Adventure through posts on Wednesdays, starting February 14.

Recursos cuaresmales
Find a selection of Lenten activities and articles in Spanish.


Lenten Activities

In the lead-up to Lent, discover fresh ways to observe the season with all age levels.

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Guided Reflection on Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving
Joe Paprocki’s prayerful reflection introduces young people to the three Lenten disciplines and invites conversation with Jesus about how to make prayer, fasting, and almsgiving a part of their lives.

Lenten Actions Cards
Encourage families to take practical steps toward practicing the traditional Lenten pillars of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Print out our Lenten Actions Cards, and give sets to the families you serve.

7 Ways to Practice Lent—Free eBook
Joe Paprocki’s popular eBook explores seven ways to practice Lent by offering background on each tradition, an accompanying prayer, and activities for catechists to share the riches of Lenten practices with those they serve.

Sacrament Preparation

Girl at First Eucharist

Sacrament preparation years offer a great way to engage parents in adult formation about the sacraments. Inspire adults to consider the role of the sacraments in their lives as you inspire children in the faith during these years.

Melting Those “Stone Faces” at Parent Meetings
Joe Paprocki shares his strategies for warming up parents to the experience of sacramental preparation parent gatherings.

Sacramental Preparation Should Rely on a Language of Mystery
When it comes to preparing children for the sacraments, especially First Eucharist, we need to invite them to expand their “vocabulary” beyond words by using the language of mystery the Church provides for us.

Celebrating the Eucharist in Community
The celebration of the Eucharist is not a private devotion but rather a communal gathering much like a family meal.

A Different Approach for Letters to the Bishop for Confirmation
Joe Paprocki shares an idea for inviting Confirmation candidates to share their stories.

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