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Family Lenten Activities

Updated on February 24, 2012

Family Lenten Activities

Here are some suggestions:

  • Participating in Operation Rice Bowl project. This project shows the importance of almsgiving – sharing with the less fortunate and poor. Go to to learn which countries are served by our giving. There is a Lenten Calendar that you can download to help your family learn about and pray for the people and countries the Rice Bowl supports.
  • Lenten Reading – each member of the family chooses a spiritual book to read and then share at a family time together. Or, read the gospel passage of the day for your grace before the meal and discuss its meaning during your mealtime.
  • Bless Each Other – Make the sign of the cross on each other’s forehead as you take leave for work, school, or before bedtime. While making the sign of the cross simply say, “God bless you.”
  • Families with younger children may pick a symbol (e.g., cross, Bible, holy water, ashes) for each week. To highlight the symbol give it a place of prominence and talk as a family about its meaning.
  • As a family attend one extra liturgical service during the week: weekday Mass, morning or evening prayer, stations of the cross.
  • During Holy Week attend the Triduum services – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.


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