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Visit this page every week during Lent to see new activities and information.

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GOOD FRIDAY AND EASTER

 

The Easter events begin on Holy Thursday when Jesus washed the feet of His apostles as an example to us that we must be humble and help others. He then gave us the sacrament of the Eucharist at the last supper He had with His apostles. The crucifixion which followed was sad, but actually it was the moment of glory because his was what Jesus came to earth to do - to take on the punishment for what we do wrong! Then, of course, Jesus resurrected from the dead, showing the power and love of God and the promise of happiness forever to all of us if we turn to Jesus, tell Him we are sorry when we do something wrong and thank Him for His forgiveness. Rejoice this Easter!

Try the activities under the video clip.

PALM SUNDAY

 

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect. Palm branches are widely recognised symbol of peace and victory. The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace.

This Sunday, if will not be able to get your palms in church, you can make a palm cross yourself to remind you of what it symbolises!

A TROUBLED SOUL - FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

 

In Sunday’s gospel Jesus prepares his disciples for some important events that are about to happen. Jesus announces that his hour has come. The “hour” of Jesus, is a time of both suffering and glory. Jesus is referring to his return to the Father through his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Jesus uses the image of seeds and fruit to show that he must die in order to be raised to new life. The image points to the death of Jesus as the seed of new life for those who believe in him.

To get something you want, sometimes you have to give up something else. We all face trouble in our daily life. Instead of asking God to take them away, let us ask that God will help us to face those troubles in such a way that His name will be glorified.

NICODEMUS MEETS JESUS - FOURTH WEEK OF LENT

 

Nicodemus went to look for Jesus in the middle of the night, but Jesus did not send him away. Instead, Jesus patiently spent time listening to his questions and talking to him and explaining a lot of things, which made Nicodemus very happy.

We should try and make sure that we are patient and understanding to others just as Jesus is with us. We can also ask ourselves if we spend time with Jesus! Jesus is always there, waiting for us to come to Him.

After watching the short video, you can download and print the activities below the video.

JESUS CLEARS THE TEMPLE - THIRD WEEK OF LENT

 

When Jesus saw that the temple was being used for buying and selling and money lending, He was quite angry because it should have been a place for prayer and worship of God. He let loose the captive animals, overturned the tables and scattered the money which was on them!

Sometimes we get angry too, but Jesus' anger was different! Where did He get His authority to act in the way He did?

After watching the short video, you can download and print the activities below the video.

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THE TRANSFIGURATION - SECOND WEEK OF LENT

 

Transfiguration means a complete change of appearance to be more beautiful. The Bible tells us that Jesus took three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John, and went up on a mountain to pray. As Jesus prayed, His face was changed and His clothes became a dazzling white. What the disciples saw was the glory of God in the face of Jesus! Then the voice of God the Father was heard saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

This week, try and make a special effort to listen to Jesus. He encourages us to be kind to everybody, to be helpful to other people and our family. He also asks us to pray for all those who need His help.

You can download and print the activities below the picture.

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DOING GOD'S WILL - FIRST WEEK OF LENT

 

On this first week of Lent we learn from the Gospel how Jesus resisted bad temptation through the help of the Holy Spirit and His love for God the Father. He did what His Father asked Him to do. We should remember that what we want is not always what God wants. God knows what is best for us. We may want more sweets or more money or other things for ourselves, but God wants us to love Him and to love others by helping them. This week, try and find ways to show that you love God by doing good things for other people. Also, don't forget to pray to Jesus for help - and to thank Him for His help. You can find activities to do this week here.

ASH WEDNESDAY EXPLAINED

 

This year, Ash Wednesday is on 6th March.

 

On this day, the priest will bless the ashes  and then bless us by dipping his thumb into ashes (collected from burnt palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday), and marking the forehead of each of us with the sign of the cross, saying the words, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return" or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

 

By marking the sign of the cross with ashes on our foreheads, we are invited to understand that we have sinned,  and to be sorry of our sins and return to our loving and forgiving God.

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LENT EXPLAINED

 

Lent lasts for 40 days because that’s how long Jesus wandered in the desert, fasting, while he resisted Satan’s temptations. During the forty days of Lent, we all have a chance to be like Jesus. We can do this by trying to resist temptations and use this time to become closer to God.

 

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We think of the forty days of Lent as an opportunity to change ourdaily lives and become closer to God.

What you can do

  • Try to focus on Jesus' love for you and what he has done for you.

  • Try to do at least one act of kindness every day, because this is what Jesus would do.

  • Be thankful to Jesus for all the blessings you have - for example, your family, friends, a home, your school and your teachers.

  • Set aside a quiet time each day when you can pray to Jesus, tell him how sorry you are for anything you have done wrong, ask him to forgive you and thank him for forgiving you and loving you.

  • Open and print the Lent Calendar by clicking here or here, or even here! Each day, write down one kind act you will do, or write a short prayer to Jesus.