Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.
Though our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
I realize this may have been helpful to have a few days ago, but I just read a really good article entitled 12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent’s Meatless Fridays and I was inspired to actually do that for a change (instead of my typical cheese pizza plan).
Read the article, then, if it’s helpful to you, print a copy of the planning sheets I made and start on your own offensive strategy (offensive in the sports sense and not in the “stuff my family is sure not to like” sense J).
I thought you’d enjoy a few images of Pope Francis celebrating Mass yesterday and I’m testing an offer from Getty Images who is generously sharing their news service photos with websites, blogs, etc. at no cost.
We prayed the Stations of the Cross with our classroom groups on both Saturday and Monday and are just so pleased with the great job they did! We’re especially grateful to Father Norris and the altar servers, and to the 5th and 6th grade students (most of whom are pictured below) who were so reverent and just did a wonderful job leading us in prayer.
Lent starts before this lesson is actually scheduled, but if you haven’t quite made your Lenten plans, go ahead and do the lesson early – it’s full of great ideas to help you grow in holiness over the next few weeks. If you do have a firm plan and it’s going well so far, not only is this lesson a valuable overview/review on why we do these things, but you may just find an idea or two that will help you tweak things just a bit if you’d like.
Either way, it’s a timely lesson that’s going to get your family off on a solid start to Lent.
I do want to mention one of the suggestions in a more specific way; that of attending one additional Mass each week as a way to focus on prayer. In a way, the Mass schedule at Church of Saint Paul makes that possible for people with all sorts of schedules.
- Monday Mass – 7:30 a.m. (typically about 1/2 hour long)
- Tuesday – 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday – 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday – no Masses scheduled (Father’s day off)
- Friday – 9:00 a.m.
- Saturday – 8:00 a.m. (also about 30 minutes)
- Sunday – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Chances are, one of those will fit into your schedule.
If you’re interested in a more regular schedule, Epiphany has Masses on weekdays at 8:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30. St. Peter’s in Forest Lake offers Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Monday through Saturday.
St. Patrick’s in Cedar has weekday Masses on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:00 a.m., 6:15 on Tuesdays, and 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
What an exciting time to be part of the Church! There are so many great Lenten resources produced by other groups that we just had to bring a few of them to your attention:
Sign up with Holy Heroes to get free video, music, and fun activities delivered to your email all through Lent! Great for kids.
Grown-ups, you may be interested in registering at Word On Fire to get daily reflections from Fr. Robert Barron delivered to your email. In case you’re having trouble placing the name, Fr. Barron is the mover behind the completely awesome Catholicism DVD series (also a highly recommend Lenten activity)!
Catholic Vote is offering 40 creative ideas of things to give up for Lent.
And the last one I have (for now anyway) comes from FOCUS who is promoting their free Lentsanity App (description just below) and lots of other helpful links.
Have you ever had this happen to you? It’s a Friday during Lent, and you’ve just eaten a bite of meat only to realize what you’ve done. Don’t make that mistake again! Our new Lentsanity app will send you push notifications to remind you not to eat meat before lunch and dinner each Friday during Lent!
The app also includes:
- Daily Dose: A short Lenten reflections for all 40 days of Lent.
- Lenten Blog Articles: A complication of all of the posts on the FOCUS blog.
- Meat Police:Videos on your favorite Lenten heroes
Are you confused by the whos and whats and whens of fasting and abstinence? This great pictorial explanation from the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) blog should help you sort it all out.
It’s also worth noting that FOCUS missionaries are doing great work on college campuses all over the place and it’s worth getting to know them better!