The Holy Season of Lent will be coming to a close Palm Sunday, however, it is not too late to occupy young hands and teach them about the season and the pending Holy Week with the following Lenten activities for Catholic children.
The Lenten Season may have been slightly overshadowed by the sadness of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the excitement over the election of the new Pope Francis, but that doesn’t mean the Catholic’s Lenten obligations should have fallen by the wayside either.
Many feel the Season of Lent is about giving something up, however the recent train of thought has been leaning more towards giving unto others. It is not too late to teach Catholic children the importance of this time through various Lenten activities.
Teens and young adults can give the gift of life through a blood donation. School aged children can make a list of ways to help out at home or at a neighbor who is in need and check off good deeds until Palm Sunday.
Families can become missionaries and help donate whatever funds may be available to the Missionary Childhood Association and assist those less fortunate. A missionary statement is pictured in the slideshow. For more information visit propfaith.org.
Palm Sunday kicks off Holy Week and Monday serves as the Diocesan Day of Reconciliation throughout the Catholic Churches across Long Island. Receiving the sacrament together, as a family, teaches children that confession is nothing to be feared.
Start a discussion regarding the Stations of the Cross and explain to children what each station represents and the importance of Good Friday. Parents are the first teachers of the Catholic faith and a loving and nurturing hand is best with this sad and very moving account of the death of Jesus.
Pray at night together as a family and take turns reciting one thing that happened during the day you are sorry for, one thing you are grateful for and one person you would like God to bless.
Turn to this Catholic column Sunday afternoon to learn a few tricks on creating beautiful palm crosses.
The Holy Season of Lent is the perfect opportunity for all Catholics to grow in faith through prayer, fasting and works of charity. Have a peaceful Palm Sunday and a blessed Holy Week and enjoy the listed Lenten activities for children together as a family.
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