March 17-23: Second Week in Lent
St. Cyril of Jerusalem + St. Joseph + St. Wulfran + St. Benedetta Frassinello + Blessed Clemens Graf von Galen + St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
7 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.
1. Celebrate one super dad with a recipe, activities, a prayer, and a free coloring page. The feast of St. Joseph is this week (Tuesday, March 19). Try these ideas with your children to honor Jesus’ foster father:
- Cook up some minestrone soup with your father and your children. Ryan Langr has an easy recipe you can make with your kids and some reflections on St. Joseph to ponder as you stir this hearty stew in Cooking with Catholic Kids for St. Joseph.
- This Saints for Kids includes an introduction to his life, a short story for children by Maria LaVoy, a coloring page, a Child’s Prayer to St. Joseph, some St. Joseph’s Day traditions, and a short video about the saint.
2. Start building a family culture of service. What’s stopping you from building a family culture of intentional service to others? In this excerpt from her book, 67 Ways to Do the Works of Mercy with Your Kids, Heidi Indahl examines five common barriers to family service and suggests strategies for overcoming them.
3. Build a few tents. That’s what Peter wanted to do in this Sunday’s Gospel reading about the Transfiguration. How will your family respond to God’s presence? Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry has reflection questions that tie the Gospel to your family life in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
4. Sing a musical round with your kids this Lent. “When Jesus Wept” is a beautiful song you can sing with your children to help teach them about Jesus’ divinity, as reflected in the story of Lazarus. Here is a brief introduction, video clip of the song, and talking points for your family.
5. Play a game of “hangman” and celebrate the feast of St. Wulfrand. In this edition of Playing with the SAINTS! with Christine Henderson, read about this missionary’s miraculous experiences spreading the Good News to pagans and play a familiar game with an interesting twist, too.
6. Wear lots of socks. And do a random act of kindness in solidarity with people with Down Syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day March 21. Down Syndrome International asks people to wear lots of socks or other unusual clothing to spark discussions about Down Syndrome, and to support the rights of people with the condition to participate in society. Learn more at worlddownsyndromeday.org.
7. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s Sunday, March 17. While your kids chew on those gooey Irish potatoes, have them digest some facts about Ireland’s favorite saint. In case you missed our all-encompassing St. Patrick’s Day plan last week, we got you covered::
- The legends are fun, but don’t let them obscure the fascinating true story of the apostle of Ireland. To help you out, Steve Nagel has compiled a list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about St. Patrick…number 8 is a shocker! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
- Download a free coloring page and meet St. Patrick in this Saints for Kids.
- Curious adults and precocious kids might want to read the Confessions of St. Patrick: part autobiography, part sermon, it’s a fascinating self-assessment by the saint in his old age.
- Keeping in mind that it is a religious holiday, you might also want to pray the Lorica of St. Patrick with your kids; check out our version adapted for children. (We’ve also included two longer versions for older kids and adults.)
- And lastly, the fun part: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 40 recipes from Catholic Cuisine, even more recipes and activities on our Pinterest page, and the Paddy in the Woods board game.
- Order our five-star children’s book, Paddy and the Wolves on Amazon, or go to the Gracewatch store for a full preview of the book, the coloring book, and the board game.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS POSTERS & BOOKLETS
Get the Stations of the Cross for Children books and posters and the Way of the Cross Journal as digital downloads at the Gracewatch store, or get the print versions at Amazon (links from individual product pages).
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