season of a Lent is a highlight in the Catholic calendar. An
opportunity for "spiritual self improvement", Lent focuses
on an increased emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
In the weeks ahead, we will work to provide you with resources and
information on how to use the season of Lent as a wonderful preparation
period for the joy of Easter and the Resurrection.
Lenten Resources from the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Directory of Lent and Easter Products at The Catholic Company
and Your Family
is a special time when you can share the concepts of prayer and giving
with your children. Take family time each day to offer devotional
prayers. Consider as a family how you might help others in need
by giving of your time or resources. Even very young children
can understand and will enjoy participating in the process.
As a mother, carve out time in your day for your own special prayer
time. This may involve early rising or time spent away from
a favorite hobby or activity.
of the Cross for Children - Find our printable
Stations of the Cross coloring pages, book and CD Stations
of the Cross recommendations for children, and more!
Woman's Stations of the Cross - An uplifting meditation
by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
Lenten “Grumpies” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
the Temptation to "Overdo" Lent by James Hahn
Show Scripts for Lent (suggested: Liturgical Year,
Three Days, Palm Sunday, Preach the Gospel, The Redeemer)
Wednesday Coloring Page
and Holy Week Resources - An entire library of wonderful
Lenten references and resources from Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio,
Fasting practices for Pregnant and Lactating Women
Grace - a great new web site from Our Sunday Visitor
- the article from New Advent's Catholic Encyclopedia
Workshop - several great ideas from Catholic Culture
information from Catholic Online
Wednesday and the Lenten fast
for Lent written by parishioners of St. Paul's Church
Spirit of Lent by Fr. Victor Hoagland, C.P.
Activities for your family - The Archdiocese of Saint
Paul and Minneapolis Office of Marriage and Family Life
offers Lent and Easter activities, projects, crafts and
events for your family.
Communications - a catalogue offering prayer aids
and resources for Lenten devotions
You Give Up Chocolat For Lent? - a faith topics column
by Nick Popadich
Ways to Get the Most out of Lent - a wonderful article
by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Crossroads Initiative
Ways to Improve Your Lent - great tips from the Catholic
Stations of the Cross Shrine Set
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Stations of the Cross:
Ways to Make Lent Joyful:
Start all prayers with praise
Take time with God in a beautiful place
Don't carry the world's pain on your own back
Fast for the sake of richer food - the daily Eucharist
Take flowers and a smile to a sick person
Reconcile with an estranged friend
Compliment someone for making the world better
From Catholic Update, 2/95 St. Anthony Messenger
On Ash Wednesday, we begin Lent. The sacramental ashes, made
from burned palms from the prior year's Palm Sunday, are blessed and
remind us that "You are dust and unto dust you shall return".
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of
the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
Those who are physically capable are called to abstain from eating
meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during Lent. Fasting
consists of one full meatless meal and other limited meatless meals
as required to maintain strength. The young, the elderly
and those with health concerns are not required to fast. This
sacrificial fasting and abstinence should be done with the goal of
spiritual development and conversion.
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Meals Observe the Church's regulations for abstinence
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Catholic Faith Facts Q&A for Lent And Easter (Catholic Faith Facts)
Quiz yourself and others with fascinating Catholic Faith Facts! Students, catechumens, youth, and families ... Play your way to a fuller Lenten experience. Everyone will have fun celebrating and embracing their Catholic identity with Catholic Faith Facts: Q & A for Lent and Easter. Each card features three questions of varying degrees of difficulty about one aspect of Lent or Easter: perfect for the Church, the classroom, or the dinner table! Build confidence in your understanding of Catholic Tradition while developing a deeper appreciation for the richness of this glorious season.
By Hilary Brand
Using themes from the film Chocolat, this unique approach
to the season creates the space for deeper insights into self-discipline,
self-giving, conversion, acceptance and maturing in Christ.
Ideal for personal spiritual reading. Perfect for parish Lenten
programs, prayer groups, RCIA groups, adult faith formation,
or anyone who loves God, movies and chocolate! Includes
material for individual reflection and a complete guide for