“Ash Wednesday is a reminder, that when we separate ourselves from the creator, we separate ourselves from the source of life.”

The season of Lent can help us take up better practices and try life with lesser indulgences.  It is a time to look at ourselves honestly and take stock of our relationship with God and our fellow man to see what needs improvement.  It can be a scary process, but it’s always a worthwhile one.  Even Lenten “Fails” can be important stepping stones in our Lenten journey.

 Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert in preparation for his ministry.  During this time, I challenge you to act on one of the following suggestions during this lent season, fasting, special prayer and alms giving.

Ideas to begin the Lenten seasonhttps://www.catholicicing.com/ash-wednesday-for-kids/

Lent count down sheet – Keep track of the days left until Easter is here! Choose an image to print that best suits your family. – http://www.zephyrhillblog.com/2014/03/printable-calendars-for-lent/

Purple Fabric – Veil crucifixes and statues – 5th Sunday of lent sacred images are covered (Passion Sunday) Good Friday veils are removed. – https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/covering-of-crosses-and-images-in-lent-4938

DIY Succulent Plant – succulent and cacti are great reminders of season time in the dessert and of the new life he has given us.  Make your own resurrection garden. https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html

How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter | Walking on Sunshine

Crown of Thorns – Recipe   https://www.catholicicing.com/crown-of-thorns-bread/

St. Patrick’s Day March 17– remembering the Trinity (beautiful centerpiece) –  https://www.catholicicing.com/duct-tape-shamrock-craft-for-st-patricks-day/

Trinity Work Sheet https://threesidedwheel.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/st-patrick-shamrocks-and-the-blessed-trinity-printable/

Litany of St Joseph – Wonderful prayer for his feast day March 19 – http://www.stjosephdayton.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Litany-of-St.-Joseph.pdf

Cream Puffs recipe – The best dessert to celebrate Jesus earthly Father. – https://2sistersrecipes.com/italian-cream-puffs-for-st-josephs-day/

Angelus Prayer Cling – The feast of Annunciation March 25 – a good time to start praying this prayer daily. – https://www.thereligionteacher.com/angelus-prayer-for-children/ One of the most important lessons we can teach our children is exemplified by Mary in the Angelus:

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”