March Week 1 Faith Formation
Lenten blessings to you and your families! Lent provides many opportunities for children and families to journey to Christ through small practices of prayer, sacrifice, and charitable giving. Below, you will find several items to choose from to help you on that path. This month, our two lessons look at the questions: “Who is the Holy Spirit? And “Why did Jesus establish a Church?” Please view our March Parent Video HERE.
(Apologies – the last few pictures got a little out of sync when I finalized the video somehow – sorry about that!)
(HINT: the answer to the Bonus questions for the month can be found in our new Parish Directory)
March Pacing Guide
A great resource to reference for suggestions on a weekly schedule:
Way of the Cross Guide
Recommended resources for Lesson 10: I Will Not Leave You Orphans
Teaching the Liturgical Year
Participating regularly in Sunday Mass strengthens families to follow Christ. Find lessons to teach this Sundays Gospel (March 7th) here…includes both educator guides and student activity pages.
Ark of Hope Lenten Service Project
Our Faith Formation program will be collecting donations throughout the Lenten season. Cowpoke Pete and Cowgirl Cora will be in the gathering space to collect your donations. You can also drop off donations in the parish office, M-F; 8:30am-4:00pm, or mail them in to the office (just please be sure to indicate what the money is for). No gift is too big or too small. Want to know more about the items within the Ark? Go online HERE and read all about the good work that they do.
Family Faith Scrapbook
Submit a picture of your scrapbook by Sunday, March 28th in order to be entered into our drawing for a $40.00 IHOP gift card this month. Looking forward to seeing your continued progress. There are two Storybook activities this month. Those can be found on page 180 and 188 of the parent guide.
Parish Easter Egg Hunt
Our youth are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 27th from 1:00-2:00pm at the church (Rain date: Sunday, March 28th.) Kids of all ages are welcome, they just ask that you please sign up and let them know you are coming. Masks are required and each child will have a specific number of eggs to find. The eggs will be filled ahead of time and “quarantined.” Gloves will be worn by our “bunnies” while hiding the eggs. Sign up deadline is March 21st. Check News You Can Use or the parish website for the sign up link.
Additional Resources - LOTS of Great stuff here!!
Children will appreciate the unique traditions of Lent as they experience them with their parents at home. Forgoing meat on Fridays and inviting children to help with simple meals such as fish tacos or meatless lasagna is a great way to spend time with kids and teach them about the value of sacrifice.
In the quiet, sacred spaces of the home, we find many opportunities to share our Faith with children and grow in holiness. Here are discussion starters families can use in the car in English and Spanish and at home, our fridge page in English and Spanish.
Children can learn about the saints with these lessons and coloring pages and activities:
March 06 - Saint Colette
March 07 - Saints Felicity and Perpetua
March 16 - Saint John de Brébeuf
March 24 - Catherine of Sweden
March 31 - Bl. Natalia Tułasiewicz’s
More fun activities for children
You can find even more ideas for families to observe Lent here: Eight Ways for Families to Celebrate Lent.
Looking for growth opportunities for Catechists/AKA Parents? JJ Here are several development opportunities to consider:
Christ in the Classroom - a free podcast. Topics for these weekly sessions include living the Faith in the public square, the Paschal Mystery, and many more! See a full list here.
- Virtual Workshops for Catechists and Teachers:
- Preparing for Easter: A Virtual Lenten Retreat for Teachers and Catechists Monday, March 01
- Dying and Rising with Christ: Teaching and Living the Paschal Mystery Tuesday, March 30
Children’s Worship Bulletins
Here are age-appropriate puzzle pages to complement our scripture readings for the week