For Families during Lent
Activities and Suggestions for Family Engagement
- Lent in a Bag (Building Faith) - These leaders have discovered that distributing small bags – cloth, paper, or ziplock bags – with symbols of the season assists individuals and families in practicing Lent at home. In addition to the items in the bag, they included instructions and reflections to go with each item. They also offer Trifold instructions for Lent in a Bag and Leader Guide for Individuals and Households
- Lent in a Bag (CRCNA) - Description of this activity for each family to receive a simple Lenten gift bag that includes a storybook, the devotional, and supplies to make a rock path that would lead all the way to Easter.
- Active Ways to Engage Families for Lent (St. James the Apostle) - Pick an activity each week to stay involved in preparing for Easter.
- 10 Ways to Engage Your Family in Lent (Catholic Weekly) - What practices can be used for families with children under 14? What can we do as families that allow us to, as the Archbishop writes, to “experience our need for mercy” during Lent? Discover 10 ideas for families here.
- Everything You Need for a More Spiritual Lent (Simply Catholic) - From Ash Wednesday's significance to a guide to Holy Week, this site has you covered.
Prayer and Sacraments
- Catholic Prayers and Devotions (USCCB)
- Weekly Reflections in Your Inbox (Mundelein Seminary)
- Lent Lamentation Prayer Services for Immigrants and Refugees (PJI + SB) - English
- Lent Lamentation Prayer Services for Immigrants and Refugees (PJI + SBI) - Español (Servicio de Oracion de Lamento de Cuaresma por los Immigrantes y Refugiados)
- Lenten Litany for a Humble Heart (Missio)
- Lent calendar from the USCCB
- C21 Living Lent from the C21 Center, Boston College
- Lent Calendar from the Missionary Childhood Association
Digital Playlists, "Flexible Curriculum," or Apps
- Living Lent (Kristi Quinlan and the Diocese of DesMoines) - Lots of ideas for engagement with families and in families, including digital resources, a family Lenten plan guide, an almsgiving project planner , discussion guides for each week of Lent, and more!
- Lentsanity - illustrated guides, reminders, and blogs.