Monday, March 3, 2014

Ideas To Prepare You (And Your Family) For Lent

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Ideas to prepare you (and your family) for Lent:

  • Figure out what you are "giving up" or "taking on". Click here for a fun list of ideas. We also like the 1-1-1 plan at Our Sunday Visitor (one sin; one give-up; one add-on).
  • Use a Lenten countdown calendar of some kind (Lacy at Catholic Icing shares some great ideas for kids such as "print my calendar, make a paper chain, count almsgiving pennies, use a crown of thorns".
  • Attend an Ash Wednesday service.   
  • Read the gospel message daily - click here for USCCB Daily Readings or use a smart phone app such as Laudate.
  • Receive a daily Lent meditation by email from Fr. Gaitley and/or Fr. Barron - both are fantastic!
  • Listen to a Lighthouse CD each week as a family (These titles are great for teens and young adults)
  • Plan your meatless-Friday meals for Lent together.  Find new recipes and cook them together. 
  • Try to pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday.   
    Will be held during the Fridays of Lent, beginning 3-
    7-14, at the Prince of Peace site at 1:30pm with the 
    school children and at 7pm. Living Stations will be 
    held on March 14 and March 28 at 1:30pm with the 
    school children. Lifelong Faith Formation children 
    will hold a Living Stations on April 11th at 7pm
  • Pray the Rosary (especially the sorrowful mysteries during lent). Never prayed the rosary together as a family? Start with one decade and work your way to more.
  • Start a 6-week Study Group in your home. Contact us for ideas.
  • Make a good Confession before Easter. Check your parish for Confession times.
  • Check out the new movie Son of God at a theater near you.
  • Listen to this interview with 3 great Catholic dads who share what they were doing for Lent.
 2 min video below from Our Sunday Visitor

For more ideas visit last year's CMC post.

1 comment:

  1. I love that video!! I have always been one to give "something" up for Lent, sometimes I follow through (gave up soda 6 yrs. ago haven't drank it since, and most often I fall and end up frustrated with myself. This year the same message keeps popping up. Choose love...With everything we do, make our lives a prayer. Thank you Annie for all of these great ideas to ponder...