April 14-20: Holy Week
Blessed Caesar de Bus + St. Bernadette Soubirous + St. Stephen Harding + Holy Thursday + Good Friday + Easter Vigil
10 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
1. Check in on your Lent plan. Did you make a family Lent plan? Check in on how your kids are doing this week, and remind them that it’s not too late to recommit themselves (or adjust their plan).
2. Prep your kids for Holy Week. Are your kids ready for the liturgical whirlwind that is Holy Week? Give them our handy-dandy list of 25 things to watch for during Palm Sunday and the Triduum. Challenge them to notice each item during the services. You can also download an abbreviated version of the article to give to your kids, and show them a two-minute video overview all about Holy Week.
3. Make hearts of palm salad and welcome Jesus into your heart. The quickest way to a child’s heart is through his or her belly, right? Use this simple, zesty salad to spark a conversation with your little ones about Palm Sunday and welcome Jesus into their hearts with a simple prayer. The recipe and more are in this week’s Cooking with Catholic Kids by chef and mom Theresa Wilson.
- When you’re finished, check out Fish Eaters, which offers more traditions related to Palm Sunday, including step-by-step directions for making crosses out of palms (for after Mass, of course).
- And here is a recipe for hot cross buns by Jerry Windley-Daoust, who shares why this baked good should be enjoyed beyond Good Friday.
4. Wave some palms. This Sunday’s readings take us from palms to welcome a king, to the Passion of the Christ, all in one go. Preview the readings and find discussion questions to help the whole family better hear the Word of God with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
5. Take your kids to your diocesan chrism Mass. The chrism Mass is when the bishop of each diocese comes together with all of the priests in the diocese to bless the holy oils that will be used throughout the coming year for sacramental celebrations. It’s an impressive Mass!Jen Schlameuss-Perry has all the details of its significance and historical context, plus discussion questions and activities you can do at home with your kids..
6. Celebrate Holy Thursday with your kids. Make unleavened bread, eat festive food, strip your prayer table, and try out these other creative and simple ways to mark Holy Thursday at home with your family.
7. Let your kids follow Jesus’ passion with a Good Friday timeline. Becky Arganbright created a progressive timeline featuring pictures of Jesus’ passion that she updated throughout the day on Good Friday. She explains what she did, and her kids’ wonderful response, in Make a Good Friday Timeline. If you’re not as artistically inclined as Becky, you can now download our Stations of the Cross for Children posters in a printable letter-size format.
8. Be quiet, fast and pray together on Good Friday. How do you observe the most solemn day of the Church year with your kids? Here are a few suggestions and links to more resources
9. Take your kids to the Easter Vigil. Yes, you can take your kids to the Easter Vigil, the high point of the Church’s liturgical year. Here’s
10. Celebrate Pope Emeritus Benedict’s birthday. It’s Pope Emeritus Benedict’s 92nd birthday on Tuesday; celebrate with German food and his papal coat of arms. Share some memories of his time as pope with your kids!
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RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS
BISHOPS URGE PASSAGE OF PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Abortion Until Birth: The Need to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:
Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:
“This bill draws the public’s attention to the shameful reality that the United States is one of only seven nations worldwide that allows the barbaric practice of late-term abortion, when a child likely feels pain and might even live outside the womb with appropriate medical assistance. Such abortion procedures after the middle point of pregnancy also pose serious physical dangers to women. With the vast majority of Americans strongly supporting a ban on late-term abortions, it is time for Congress to pass this bill. I also pray that consideration of this bill moves our country closer to recognizing all unborn babies as legal persons worthy of our love and respect.”
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