Week 1: Missionary Childhood:
St. John Paul II & Poland
- Meet St. John Paul II, who was a pope in our lifetime! Since then, the Church has declared him a saint.
- John Paul II began the World Youth Day events, and took them to many countries, usually hosting a couple million youth at each event!
- John Paul II is well known for his Theology of the Body talks, that began as radio segments and developed into a book and organized teachings about how our bodies teach us about God and lead us closer to him.
- Did you know that the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary come to us from St. John Paul II?
- Pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary again to honor our Blessed Mother and our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in thanksgiving for St. John Paul II. Why not pray for our Pastor, Fr. Michael Stalla, our Bishop, Edward Malesic, and for Pope Francis, too!
- Review sheet on the Rosary
Week 2: Kingdom of God -
Jesus' Miracles and Signs,
- Jesus did many miracles that showed people that the Kingdom of God has come, like multiplying the loaves and the fishes, calming the storm on the sea, walking on water, and plenty of healing of people who were blind, were infected with leprosy or even paralyzed!
- Enter into the story of Jesus calming the storm through a guided meditation
- Make a Lenten plan to pray, sacrifice, fast and grow closer to Jesus
Watch and Listen
- Listen to this video about Jesus calming the storm on the sea. You will close your eyes and use your imagination to see what it might have been like to have been in that boat when the storm got really scary, and when Jesus calmed the wind and the waves.
- This is a great video that explains about Lent, like Ash Wednesday and practices of Lent.
Planning for Lent
With your family, discuss how you can make a plan for Lent. Remember Ash Wednesday (February 17th). We abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, and we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Be sure to include regular prayer, going to Mass, celebrating Reconciliation, and giving up something to help you grow closer to God. It’s a good idea to write it down, so that you don’t forget to do the things that you have promised God that you would do.
Examination of Conscience
- Here is a Lenten craft that actually began with St. Therese of Lisieux that you can use to encourage yourself to do your Lenten practices. You can follow this video for step by step instructions or get written instructions here. As always, you can obtain supplies from us at no charge – just give us a call!
Week 3: Sacraments of Healing
- Learn which two sacraments are the sacraments of healing.
- Anointing of the Sick helps people who are sick to find strength in God
- Reconciliation also helps to heal our community – the Body of Christ – when it is broken by sin.
- Plan a time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Lenten checkup – how are you doing? Finalize your plans or recommit as necessary!
- Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries with your family. Pray along with me, as we reflect on the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. He did all this to save you and me! How will you love Jesus back?
Week 4: Missionary Childhood
The Blessed Virgin Mary & the Philippines
- Our Blessed Mother, Mary is deep in the hearts of the people of the Philippines.
- Locate the Philippines on a map
- Learn about how Mary has appeared to people all over the world.
- Missionary childhood lesson – coming soon!!
- Watch this video about St. Bernadette and how Mary appeared to her.
- Even during Lent, we remember that God is the source of all life and goodness, and we humble ourselves before God. We are called to repent of our sins and turn our hearts back to God. Check out “Ashes,” the old familiar Ash Wednesday hymn that we sing as we are receiving ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday.