Ideas for Celebrating Lent in the Family

Lenten Wilderness Resource

'Journey with Jesus:  The desert wilderness leads to the Easter garden'

This is a resource for parishes and schools to explore the Lenten wilderness with Jesus, and the gospel readings for Year A.  It is an exploration of Lent for children of all ages and their families.  It is also a display for all ages to encourage prayerful reflection.  The display may be set up in the parish or the school.  It may be linked with Children's Liturgy of the Word.

This resource follows Lent through the landscape of the gospel readings for Year A: from the Temptation in the desert, to the Mountain of the Transfiguration, to the woman at the well (water), to the healing of the blind man (mud), to the tomb of Lazarus, to Palm Sunday in Jerusalem.  This is a visual journey involving sand, rocks, twigs, water, mud, palms, etc.

See the resource here.

Photos illustrate the set up for the Lenten Wilderness at St Francis of Assisi, Garston!

Holy Week project

Here is an imaginative way to present the Passion story to young children and give them a hands-on opportunity to explore it themselves.

It requires peg dolls and a painted egg carton - but it is a good starting point for creative catechesis!
www.equippingcatholicfamilies.com

Celebrating Holy Week in the home

For creative Lenten Activities for parents and children see:

http://catholicmom.com/kids/lenten-activities-for-children

Parents and children can attend Triduum Masses and services in the parish

& also celebrate Holy Week at home in the Domestic Church

Holy Thursday
Bake bread at home to remember the Last Supper and share with family and friends
Make a miniature Easter garden from plants, rocks and candles.

Good Friday
Remember that Jesus took up his cross and serve each other cheerfully
Fast and abstain from meat (over 14 years old) or as a family eat vegetarian all day
Share hot cross buns
Donate the money you saved on meat to feed the poor
Plant early potatoes

Holy Saturday
Pray as a family for all the adults and children being Baptized, Confirmed and receiving their Holy Communions today
Pray for your own Confirmation and Communion day
Read bible stories of the crucifixion and resurrection together
Hard boil eggs, then decorate, paint or dye the eggs with food colouring

Easter Sunday
Attend Mass together on Easter morning
Eat an Easter feast together as a family! Tidy up together afterwards
Dress up in special clothes if you like
Eat chocolate eggs
Take a walk outside together to see the spring flowers and trees

Let's Go to Pentecost: Our Family Prayer from Easter to Pentecost

from Redemptorist Press

A wipe clean book of stories, prayers and room for drawings.  Only 50p.

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)


Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)
 

Special Needs & Nugent
'Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things...'  Pope Francis
A DVD for parishes and schools