Week 1: Lenten Practice & Activities
- Growing in God’s love! Show your children this worksheet and put it somewhere where you both will be able to see it daily. Every time your child acts in a loving way, or does a “good deed” during Lent, permit them to color ONE heart for each deed. By Easter, your child will have a “heart full of God’s love!”
- Learning and living Lent.
- Stations of the Cross – discover them, and pray them as a family. Here is a video for parents. Consider coming up to the church and praying the Stations with others at 9am weekdays, and 7 pm on Fridays during Lent. Obviously when praying with small children, you will want to bring the language down to their level, and try to help them connect Jesus’ stations with things they may have encountered in their young lives, like unfairness, teasing, hurting, and suffering.
Stations of the Cross
- Walk the Stations of the Cross as a family. Here are some coloring pages for your child to do – 14 stations. When they finish coloring, you can hang them around the house and walk and pray them together. Parents – familiarize yourselves with the Stations of the Cross first.
Week 2: Missionary Childhood:
St. Francis, Italy, & CRS Countries
- Meet St. Francis of Assisi, Italy.
- Catholic Relief Services teaches us about people they serve in three different countries.
- Try one of more of these activities to get to know and understand St. Francis a little better, according to your child’s age. I love the idea of making a zoo and blessing the animals. Did you know that St. Francis preached to the animals about God’s love? Perhaps your child may want to line up all of the stuffed animals at home and tell them a story about Jesus!
Week 3: "Called to Protect" Child Safety Program & St. Patrick
- Following our Diocesan instructions for protecting God’s children, or parents will be our teachers this week, using the lesson plans that have been prepared for you.
- Learn about St. Patrick
Week 4: Palm Sunday
- Palm Sunday we remember the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. All of the people gathered to see him, joyfully shouting praise to him and welcoming Jesus. He was celebrated by the people and they treated him like a king.
- Sing Joyful Praise!
- Just a few days later, Jesus would be crucified in Jerusalem, sentenced to die with criminals.
- There are many ideas included here, choose a few for your family.
- Make your own palm branches to wave during the procession for Mass, or to help you celebrate at home! Here is one idea to do this!
- Create a Holy Week book for your family! This website will give you some ideas. If you choose to make such a book with your family, bring it to the parish office and I will bind it for you to keep to use next year and beyond! Supplies (including paint) are available through the parish office. Just give us a call! Many of these involve making handprint scenes – so cute!! Encourage your child’s creativity. We’d love to see what you do with this!
Try a Recipe!
Try this recipe as you teach your children the Easter story with Easter Story Cookies! (If making for my children, I would substitute chocolate chips for the pecans!) This is a no bake recipe!