As I’ve been getting more and more into doing “Catholic Stuff” in general, I’m starting to feel the same way about preparing for Lent as I do preparing for Christmas. I’ve made this list for getting our family ready for Lent and thought it might be helpful for you, too!
Checklist for Preparing your Family for Lent:
- Figure out what you’re “giving up“. (Even though “giving something up” for Lent is traditional, you can also do extra of stuff too, such as saying extra prayers, going to Adoration, or attending daily Mass.)
- Think “Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving”… how are we going to more of these things during this season?
- Lenten countdown calendar of some kind (There are infinite ways to count down the 40 days of lent. You could print my calendar, make a paper chain, count almsgiving pennies, use a crown of thorns– seriously endless possibilities!)
- Ash Wednesday plans (Ash Wednesday is a great day to attend Mass with as a family!)
- Almsgiving (You could make an offering box for Lent with your kids)
- Go to Confession (Check your church’s schedule and put it on the calendar.)
- Go shopping for meatless-meal groceries and simple foods (Obviously don’t eat meat on Fridays during lent or on Ash Wednesday).
- Stations of the cross activities (You can find some here, and/or you could attend a stations of the cross service at your church.)
- Pray the Rosary (Especially the sorrowful mysteries during Lent)
- Put out “decorations” for Lent such as putting a crucifix more centrally located in your home, extra crosses, etc.
- Holy Week/Easter plans can hold their horses. We need to observe Lent first.
Be sure to check out my Page of Resources for Lent! It’s full of links and ideas!
Also, have you heard of Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure? They will send you 3 emails a week with videos and other Lenten resources for kids! The best part- it’s totally free! (These videos are SUCH a handy tool for celebrating lent with children!)