Posted tagged ‘Lent’

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!


Lesson Notes: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

March 11, 2017


We’re fully into Lent now and if you’re a procrastinator, need a refresher course, or just reinforcement for your awesomely holy start, this lesson can serve as any of the above.

It’s quite simple: we’re going to go over the basics of Lent focusing on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,  and will give practical suggestions on how you can implement them all into your family life.

Easy, right? J

Lenten Mission, 2017

March 6, 2017

Thanks to all the families who came to the “Matinee Version” of this year’s Lenten Mission!  While the adults were hearing Father Livingston’s teaching on the Beatitudes, the kids were getting their own lessons at Catholic Academy and our 8 learning stations.

As always, we prayed together, we learned stuff, we spent time with friends, and we had a blast!  The takeaway for the day was this:

“It’s easier when we are closer.”

(If you weren’t there, be sure to ask someone who was!)

Lego Lent :-)

March 2, 2017

Thanks, Trideo!

Growing in Holiness: Lent edition

March 2, 2017

In January, we gave each of you an assignment to grow in holiness in small bites and to keep track in your My Growing in Holiness Booklet.

This is just a reminder to pull it out again for Lent.  We think you’ll find it to be a perfect way to visually track success with one of your Lenten resolutions!


The Significance of Ash Wednesday

February 28, 2017

Thanks again to  Father Mike Schmitz for the great teachings!

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