Posted tagged ‘Lent’

Do Sundays Count?

February 17, 2018

Family Formation teaches in many places that each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection, but how ’bout all that stuff I gave up for Lent?  Do I need to give it up on Sundays too?


For a well-thought-out argument looking at both sides, click over here.

Both the “I don’t cheat on Sundays” people and the “Sundays don’t count” people believe that Church teaching is on their side. Or perhaps they just think there isn’t a formal Church teaching on it, so it is a matter on which good Catholics are allowed to disagree.

But we can’t ALL be right, right?
Personally, my philosophy is that if I’ve struggled all week to develop a good habit or to give up a bad one, why would I lose all that good progress by back-pedaling on Sunday?  On the other hand, there is nothing intrinsically evil about a piece of chocolate, and having one after Mass is likely just adding one more good thing to a good day!  (But, on the third hand, I always remember someone I know who would give up chocolate but then eat an obviously gluttonous amount on Sundays.  Ugh.)  Look at your motivation and the big picture of gains and losses, and know the Church is behind you in your decision.

Hey, wait a minute!

February 16, 2018


I just counted the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter and now I’m wondering where that 40-days-of-Lent thing came from!



The answer lies in what we teach about Sundays.  Learn more here.


7 Simple Ways to Share Your Catholic Faith on Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2018

Just in case someone mentions that there’s a little dirt on your forehead.


Thanks to Marcel at Aggie Catholic!


February 12, 2018

Lesson Notes: Ash Wednesday and Lenten Activities

Ash Wednesday

135px-Purple_flag_waving.svgSometimes the seasonal activities packets are assigned to a specific week, and sometimes they’re just a bonus in with the rest of your month’s lesson packet.  This is your purple flag warning that, despite its place at the end of the Month Outline, you should not wait until the end of this month to pull out this lesson.

In advance, peek through it today or tomorrow and decide which activities are going to be just right for your family this Lent.  Some of them require a little preparation, so plan some time for it.  Some can easily be prepared by your kids – coloring and cutting and building a paper chain.

My Plan For Lenten Growth should be a pre-Wednesday family discussion topic.  There are definitely things you can do (or give up) as a family, and there are other things that you might want to do (or give up) as individuals.

No matter what you decide, planning ahead will give you a strong start!

Planning for Lent

February 5, 2018

We’re thinking about Lent and want to use this forum to share some of the great advice we find.  Today’s comes from Kendra at the Catholic All Year blog where you’ll find a helpful list of ways to improve your spiritual life, with each suggestion offering a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.  You may also appreciate her family’s view of Lent as an increased focus on God rather than simply pushing through a list of resolutions.  Click over here to learn more.



In our house, we now view Lent as a time to try adding or taking away things from our personal and family lives to see if we are improved. We make it a time, not of suffering (necessarily) but rather of increased focus on God and others and decreased focus on self and personal comfort. I have found that I can take up or give up just about anything, no matter how big or small, and use it as a reminder to pray more and love more. With that in mind, here are 66 ideas of things to consider giving up or taking up, in beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, for beginning, intermediate, and advanced Lents.

Lesson Notes: Triduum and Easter

April 11, 2017

Triduum - CopyIt would be hard to overstate the beauty and mystery and significance of Holy Week!  Each day is so rich in meaning and so unique in character!  This lesson highlights each of the days, Thursday through Sunday, and gives a mini lesson on each.  (And be sure to skip to the back to see the activities!)

Because of this, I’d like to suggest you shake up your regular lesson schedule a bit and instead of doing this one in a single sitting, consider going through each of the four parts on the evening before (or the morning of) each particular day.  It’ll be a small opportunity to celebrate even if you can’t get your family to all the liturgies.

Having said that, I also want to give my annual plea that you go to as many Holy Week liturgies as possible.  They are all amazing!

Lesson Notes: Catholic Social Teaching

March 18, 2017

catholic social teaching

This is always a great topic, but especially so during Lent when we are reminded so often to respond to the needs of others.  As you go through this lesson, you may find a new focus for some of your Lenten practices for this year.

The basic starting point for the lesson is the coloring book, Help Me Be Jesus to the World, where you’ll not only find pages to color, but explanations, action points and Scripture quotes on each of the seven principals of Catholic Social Teaching outlined by the bishops.

Practically speaking, doing this entire lesson in one sitting may be too long for your little ones, so take a look at it ahead of time and break it up into two or three sessions, if necessary.

Also, you may be one of those families who have done this a couple times already.  If that’s you, we still suggest you start with the basics, but then go back to the pick sheets and look up a few of things that the Bible has to say about the topic.

And finally, there’s a huge difference between learning a topic theoretically and learning through hard experience.  No matter what the age of your kids, they will probably learn to better empathize with hungry children throughout the world, if they experience a little of it themselves.  Follow the “menu” on page 5 of the lesson to help your kids understand what it truly means to not have enough to eat.  It’s a powerful lesson!


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