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“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful.”
Joel 2:13

Lent begins Feb. 14, starting a journey of reflection, prayer and deeds
as we remember the sacrifice of Our Lord and await the celebration of his Resurrection.

Here are some resources and links to inform and inspire your journey:

Our February Newsletter, with links and dates of note

Share Lent campaign: Development and Peace
with reflections, prayer cards, videos, youth resources and more

2018 Solidarity Calendar, with daily Lenten activities, videos, and prayers

NEW!
Activity Suggestions from our Office of Youth Ministry:

a) Pancake Tuesday - Mardi Gras Celebration - Everyone loves pancakes and fun...ask a parish organization to partner

b) THINKfast - Development and Peace
Many students are moved by this experience.

c) Center for Ministry Development offers the following mini-retreats:
"Lent Revealed" - gathered youth session for high school students.
"A JUST Lent" - gathered youth session for high school students
"Finding JOY in Lent" - gathering youth session for high school students
Retreat materials are available by emailing Cathy Walsh 

d) Teen Alpha has some on-line sessions . If interested, please contact Cathy Walsh

e) Dynamic Catholic - The Confirmation program called "Decision Point" offers a series of on-line videos. You can use them as conversation starters, add a pizza and some veggies, and have some fun!

 

Resources for Families

For Families:

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/parish-ministry/intergenerational-catechesis/passion-and-resurrection

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/activities-and-resources/lenten-activities-for-children

Stations of the Cross for Children
http://media.loyolapress.com/assets/lent/stations-eng/stations-eng.html

Adult Faith

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/articles/8-ways-to-pray-during-lent

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/articles/a-homily-of-james-martin-sj

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/articles/looking-at-lent-through-the-lens-of-grace

 

Bury the Alleluia

  • Write the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” on the board and ask if anyone can explain what it means. (we miss something or someone the longer we are without it or them)
  • Point out that during the season of Lent, we do not sing the word Alleluia at Massbecause it is considered an Easter word and that by not using it for 40 days, perhaps we will come to appreciate more just how joyful this acclamation is.
  • Tell the young people that it is a popular custom to “bury” the Alleluia as Lent begins so that it can be “dug up” once again on Easter Sunday.
  • Distribute an “Alleluia banner” that you have made (see http://eccdom.blogspot.com/2008/02/ash-wednesday-activities.html) and invite the children to color the banner.
  • If you have a large group, provide a “banner” for each child or for groups of 3 or 4.
  • When completed and if possible, escort your group outside to an area that has been designated by a parish staff member (DRE or pastor) to bury the Alleluia(s).
  • Tell the children that for the Gospel acclamation at Mass, instead of singing Alleluia, they will sing proclamations such as “Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!” or “Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!” or “Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ!”
  • Make a reminder to “dig up” the Alleluia during Easter week.
  • Tell the children to notice how, when Easter arrives, we can’t seem to sing enough Alleluias!

 

Other useful links:

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/ash-wednesday/finding-god-in-ash-wednesday

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/arts-and-faith-for-lent/cycle-a/arts-and-faith-ash-wednesday

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/ash-wednesday/get-started-during-lent-3-action-steps-for-parents

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/ash-wednesday/whats-with-the-ashes

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/parish-ministry/intergenerational-catechesis/passion-and-resurrection

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/lent/activities-and-resources/lenten-activities-for-children