LENTEN ACTIVITIES

Feb 17th — Feb 28th

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Mar 25th — Mar 27th

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Lenten Printable For Kids – A Deed Tracker

To encourage random extra good deeds and sacrifices for kids during Lent.

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From catholicicing.com

40 Simple Lenten Traditions For Families (With Little To No Prep Work)

Here are some simple things you can do to help your kids grow during this season with little to no prep work at all.

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From catholicicing.com

Lent Activity Page

Have fun with the Lenten Word Find and Word Unscramble.

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From reallifeathome.com

Lenten Prayer Chain / Countdown

Lenten Prayer Chain / Countdown Plus, More Activities.

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From catholicinspired.com

Catholic Mardi Gras Celebration Ideas

Mardi Gras is a fun way to have a final big hoopla before Lent begins!

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From catholicicing.com

Super Cute And Easy King Cake Recipe

Do you want to make the easiest king’s cake in the world for Fat Tuesday this year?

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From catholicicing.com

Activities for Busy Catholic Families

Given the many challenges facing today’s families, now is the perfect time and home is the perfect place to experience Lent.

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From loyolapress.com

40 Crosses Lenten Calendar

This Lent I will show my love for Jesus by doing something for him each day. To show what I have done, I will color a cross each day to match one of the good deeds.

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Lenten Prayer Chain Craft

Download and cut out. Form into a prayer chain. Pick a special time each day to remove the paper loop on the end of the chain. Then say the prayer which is listed on that chain link for the special intention which is also listed on that link.

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Lenten Crosses Craft

Print these pages onto colored paper. Then, on the crosses and in the crown of thorns write your Lenten sacrifices. Cut them all out and hang them on a Lenten tree or on a wall as a reminder during Lent.

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Why do we celebrate Lent? What is the purpose?

What’s the real connection between the Israelites’ forty years in the desert and the forty days of Lent? Sure, they both involve the number forty—which often represents a time of test and trial in the Bible—but what’s the more important connection? The Israelites’ time in the desert and our forty-day Lenten fast represent God’s invitation for us to trust him completely.

Fr. Mike explains, the Israelites did not believe the Lord could bring them into the Promised Land because it was inhabited by a people much more powerful and larger than Israel—they didn’t trust him even after he delivered them from slavery to the largest civilization on the planet, Egypt. We can be the same way. We think God can’t give us the strength to overcome this or that sin or habit. But Lent is a time for us to trust God completely so we can see that he is all we need.

Trying to figure out what to give up for Lent?

Fr. Mike knows the tricks we can play on ourselves when it comes to picking something for Lent. So he gives a straightforward guideline: Don’t pick something that’s arbitrary. Pick something that is necessary.

In other words, don’t say you’re giving up watermelon when you know you will hardly eat watermelon anyway; and don’t give up hot showers if you know cold showers actually won’t help you grow in holiness.

We can easily fool ourselves into thinking strictness equates to holiness. Likewise, we can fall into the trap of thinking that the easiest thing will be the most helpful.

What do I really need to do or give up for Lent? If I take an honest look inside myself, it may be something difficult, but I will know.

Still struggling with what to do for Lent?

Watch this video that is jampacked with ideas for things to do or not do during Lent! Anything you could think of is inside!

Lifeteen Blogs

How to do or not do Lent

Does God want us to "Lent" so hard that we lose all joy and humility? No. Does it make God "happy" to see us suffer? No. Of course not. But Abner doesn't realize that. Typical.

Lent is about growing closer to God and getting rid of the things in our lives that separate us from God. It's not about how we can "out-holy" each other! Read more about that in this awesome blog: https://lifeteen.com/blog/is-this-what-you-call-a-fast/

40 Ways for 40 Days: Staying Rooted in Prayer this Lent

Sometimes it feels as though the seasons pass by with an unattainable swiftness. Just at the point when you’re ready for long days at the pool, Target unloads its school supplies — reminding you with a metaphorical side-eye that soon you’ll be sitting at a desk for eight hours a day.

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From lifeteen.com

102 Things You Should Really Give Up For Lent

Let’s recap. Lent comes along every year. And every year you think you should give up something that will be A) difficult, B) life-changing, and C) creative.

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From lifeteen.com

There’s Beauty in the Struggle

On January 19, 2015, a tragedy struck my closest friend group: our friend and sister in Christ died unexpectedly at the age of 21. The shock, the pain, the disbelief, the questioning… It all flooded my head and heart upon minutes of hearing the news on that night.

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From lifeteen.com

Holy Crap: The Unholy Art of Outdoing Another

Lent is here again, which obviously means one thing: It’s time for the holiest people to shine. That’s right, it’s a foot race and I’m in it to win it, baby!

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From lifeteen.com

Lenten Actions Cards

Print out these Lenten Actions Cards. Cut out the cards, fold them in half, and place them in a jar or small box. Place the jar or other container in a central location in the home, perhaps on the dining room table or the counter next to the fridge. Invite each family member to draw out a paper and focus on its Lenten living suggestion that day or week.

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Lenten Practices Cards

Keep your momentum strong throughout the six weeks of the Lenten season with these “Lenten Practices” cards!

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Lenten Family Checklist

Creating Pure Hearts in the Home - A Lenten Preparation

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Stations Of The Cross Activity

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross and its background.

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Lenten Family Calendar

Calendar of daily family activities for Lent.

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LENT is such a great time for a reset! A couple years ago we challenged families to embark on Lent like a Spring cleaning of sorts. Clean out our hearts and focus on the story that is central to our Faith. Lent is about refocusing ourselves on God and what is most important in our lives.

This Lent make some time for you

Start with understanding the practices of Lent and which one you would like to undertake or how you will practice it this year! Are you ready to commit to something? Try the Pray Fast Give Calendar form Busted Halo or try the Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic to get a Daily Email with a short reflection.

Lent in 3 Minutes

Fr. Mike Schmitz does a great job on preparing us for Lent. He does a great job of breaking it open in a few extra minutes! Eight minutes instead of two. The video is excellent! Take 8 minutes and prepare to have the Best Lent Ever.

Lent in 3 Minutes

Fr. Mike Schmitz does a great job on preparing us for Lent. He does a great job of breaking it open in a few extra minutes! Eight minutes instead of two. The video is excellent! Take 8 minutes and prepare to have the Best Lent Ever.

Try the Pray Fast Give Calendar

It is a way to automate. Sign up and the email will come every day and ask you to take a quick moment this Lent!

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Want to Learn More?

What is Lent? Hear from different perspectives.

Catholic Leaders Offer Wisdom for Lent

Don't Give Up Anything For Lent

Father James Martin, SJ - What is Lent?

Christopher West - What is Lent?

Kerry Weber - What is Lent?