Family Page – First Sunday of Lent
Welcome to the Family Page!
To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while choosing to stay home in light of the pandemic, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
First Sunday of Lent
In a short time, we’ve moved into another Church season again. Lent has begun. Ask family members to notice changes in church environment with purple being the primary color of the season. The environment is simple and spare. The mood on Sunday is a little more somber as we do not say the Gloria or sing the Alleluia.
This Week’s Readings
- Genesis 9:8-15
- Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
- 1 Peter 3:18-22
- Mark 1:12-15
As we prepare for Easter, we are invited to a change of mind and heart during the season of Lent. We are asked to pay more attention to our spiritual well-being by focusing on being kinder, loving more, following Jesus more closely, and having a renewed relationship with God. Lent is like a 40-day retreat!
During these 40 days we focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Your children might not know what almsgiving is so spend some time explaining that we give a little more during Lent. Perhaps an extra amount of money each week for the parish, but other things can be done as well like cleaning out closets and giving what you no longer use to places like St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill.
What to Do Next
Fasting doesn’t just mean eating no meat on Friday; it can mean giving up video games, TV, cell phones, etc. The extra time you have by not using all those devices can be spent in prayer or cleaning the closets. Lent is a time for doing something to help others…if you need help with this, Ann Sirianni can help. Give her a call and she will give you her Lent jar. It has ideas in it for all three Lenten practices. For example, one slip of paper may suggest praying the rosary. Another might say give up TV for a few days and one more might say make some cookies for a neighbor. There are 40 suggestions in each jar. You might not be able to do them all, but you can do some and keep the others for another time or stretch it into the Easter season.
Whatever you decide to do, do it! Don’t let this season pass by without doing something to renew your relationship with God!
Have a good Sunday and a great Lent!