Catholic Mom’s Bundle

I don’t often buy into these “bundle” things, but this one seems to have some good stuff for me for Lent this year, and it’s being offered through a blog I’ve been following for many years now, Equipping Catholic Families. They have all kinds of nice Catholic crafts and projects for Catholic families. This Catholic Mom Bundle is $25 til March 1, and it has some really nice things that seem to match up with what I am feeling called to do for Lent this year, personally and with the kids. For instance, there are a couple of craft projects that I think will help me slow down and focus more on “quiet”, especially since I am planning to significantly reduce my amount of screen time, starting Ash Wednesday.  There are some pretty printables and a Lenten journal for moms, as well as some Lent crafts for the kids. Check it out HERE.

Images and information credit: Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic Mom Bundle.

A Lenten Rosary Booklet

This is a great idea for Lent. I’m excited about ordering a batch of these Rosary Booklets made by Nancy at Do Small Things With Love. I’m also excited to get the Lenten reflection coloring pages to go along with each day in Lent… I think it will help me slow down and take time each day to pray the Rosary with my family, and spend some quiet time with God….

The Rosary booklets are $8 each for a hardcopy/printed booklet. If you order 2, it’s only $15. And you get the coloring book pages too! Sweet!

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image credits: do small things with love

Holy Thursday Lenten Dinner

We did this last year on Holy Thursday so I’m getting prepared ahead of time a bit. The kids really enjoyed the meal and the symbolism of all the aspects of this special meal. Thanks to Catholic Cuisine for the great resources and explanation. Below is a photo of our family and our dinner set up from last year.

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Spy Wednesday “Judases”

I hadn’t heard of Wednesday being called “Spy Wednesday” before this year. But what I learned is that it’s called that because this is the day that Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to spy on Jesus, which led to his betrayal. There are some recipes and activities geared around this particular day, and this is one that I am hoping to make and do today. Here is a description of it from a beautiful blog I just found today as well, Catholic Cuisine:

Judasas” are served with honey at breakfast in Czechoslovakia. These are breakfast cakes of twisted dough, made to look like rope, suggesting the fate of Judas the Betrayer, who “went and hanged himself” in remorse after he had identified Jesus to His enemies. Honey is considered a preventive against disaster (Easter the World Over by Priscilla Sawyer Lord and Daniel J. Foley, 1971, p. 58).

http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2009/04/judases.html

Great Holy Week Resources

Wow, I was just reminded this morning about Family in Feast and Feria – a great website for solid Catholic resources. Today they posted a set of resources for Holy Week, including prayers, crafts, reflections, activities and planning for the week and Easter. I’m excited to share this with you!

Compilation of Holy Week and Easter

Easter Family Devotions from Little House Studio

I just downloaded this really nice Easter resource for our family from Little House Studio. She is offering this free! I really like the idea of having an Easter Tree, like a Jesse Tree. And, considering I just took the Valentine Day ornaments off our Jesse tree (which wasn’t too long after I took the partial Jesse tree ornaments off of it…), I now have a bare branch in our dining room, waiting for some sweet Easter ornaments to adorn it. I’m looking forward to using these this Easter season! Click here and enjoy!

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Cute Easter Tree Ornament

Lent Ideas for Kids

I just discovered this great site called Peanut Butter & Grace – Catholic Life, Sweet & Simple (http://www.pbgrace.com). There is a great post about how to do Lent with kids and I thought I would share the post here. Please go visit the site for more great tips and ideas!

Fasting, Giving, Praying: 21+ Ideas for What Kids & Teens Can Do for Lent

 

Preparing for Lent…Things to consider

I love reading posts from Catholic All Year. She has some very practical suggestions for living out our Catholic faith in a family.

This is a great post about what to do or not do during Lent… I’m taking notes!

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Well, it’s Candlemas. Time to take down the last of the Christmas decorations . . . and panic because IT’S ALMOST LENT!

Or don’t. Because I’m here to help with my most popular post of all time:

Great ideas.1. say Evening Prayer for Morning Prayer (from the Divine Office. 2. Say both Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer3. Say Morning Prayer, Evening…