Checklist for Preparing your Family for Lent:
- Figure out what you're "giving up". (Even though "giving something up" for lent is traditional, you can also do more of stuff too, such as saying extra prayers, going to adoration, or attending daily mass sometimes.)
- Lenten countdown calendar of some kind (There are infinite ways to count down the 40 days of lent. You could print my calendar, make a paper chain, count almsgiving pennies, use a crown of thorns- seriously endless possibilities!)
- Ash Wednesday plans (Ash Wednesday actually isn't a holy day of obligation, but it's certainly an awesome day to go to mass anyway.)
- Almsgiving (You could make an offering box for lent with your kids)
- Go to Confession (Always a good idea during lent)
- Go shopping for meatless-meal groceries and simple foods (Obviously don't eat meat on Fridays during lent or on Ash Wednesday).
- Stations of the cross activities (You can find some here, and/or you could attend a stations of the cross service at your church.)
- Pray the Rosary (Especially the sorrowful mysteries during lent)
For anyone who's curious, abstinence (meaning abstaining from meat) is for those of ages 14 and older, and fasting is for people ages 18-59. You can read more about that here.
You can also print a really cool Lenten Guide Poster from Our Sunday Visitor.
You can sign up here. When watching these videos with my kids, I totally learn about my faith, too! This will be our second year to follow along. I just got my first email from them today, and it turns out they have added extra stuff this year! :-)
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