When it comes to practicing our faith, Lent is a time of heightened intensity. With Lent upon us, I’m pleased to offer these 40 Lenten activities.
40 Ideas for 40 Days calendarThese activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various websites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.
May this Lent be a time of heightened focus on faith formation for you and for those you teach!
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In this week’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist described as “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” If you would like to watch a video regarding today’s Gospel messae go to: http://bcove.me/7hqrft6f
What exactly is the Octave of Christmas? It is the first eight days of the Christmas Season which begins on Christmas Day and ends on the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 10th this year. To learn more about the Octave of Christmas go to the Catholic Connection and read the article by Fr. Matthew Long. http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180
In the midst of the celebration of the Christmas Season, today we remember the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. These male children who were two years old or younger were martyred by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus whom the three magi described as the newborn king. (Matthew 2:16-18). The Holy Innocents remind us of how cruel sin can be. In order to defeat such cruelty and sin, Christ was born.
Do you know someone who has left the Catholic faith? Maybe a child or spouse who has stopped attending Mass? Do you have questions that you don’t know how to answer? Go to http://www.catholicscomehome.org/ for answers and good videos. Or send this link to that loved one that you want to invite back.