Lent at Home

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Catholic families have a unique and precious opportunity to share with their growing and grown children the beauty and importance of the Lenten Season. The perfect time is now and the perfect place is home. After all, home is where we rush and rest, where we hope and worry, where we love and forgive. It is home where we most often experience day-to-day salvation. Lenten experiences can take place in every room of the house. Here are some ideas to try to enrich your celebration of Lent at home:

1. Make a decorative family “Works of Mercy” tree. Hang the corporal and spiritual works of mercy on a tree and work as a family to follow through on your promises.

2. In addition to abstaining from meat on the Fridays of Lent, designate one evening a week to prepare a meal together. Assign a different dish or task to each family member. Before starting, discuss how each family member is giving to the others—giving time, effort and care to nourish the entire family to go out and do God’s will. Begin with a prayer of thanks and petition.

3. On slips of paper, write random acts of kindness, such as give a compliment, say hi to an old friend, carry someone’s heavy load. Present each family member with a slip of paper as
he or she leaves in the morning. Invite each family member to perform the kindness sometime during the day without seeking recognition. Afterward, talk about what happened. Pray with one another that your kindness will be passed on throughout Lent and beyond.

4. Ask each member to find three to five high-quality, useful items that would be appreciated by those who are less fortunate. Donate the items to a favorite charity. Pray together for those who will receive them.

By instilling in our children a sense of love and anticipation during Lent, we can help them to better understand the Season of Lent. May you and your family be renewed and refreshed as you pray, fast and give on your Lenten journey.

Please visit our bulletins @ ST. ANN CHURCH ​AND MODEL SCHOOLS
Or visit our website at www.saintannhawaii.org
You may also call us at 247-3092; ext. 105 for more information

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