Children's Ministry

Liturgical + Seasonal

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Resources

 
 

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER RESOURCES:  

PALM SUNDAY: CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AT HOME  

BLESSED IS SHE: AT HOME WITH HOLY WEEK 

THE PASTORAL CENTER: HOLY WEEK AT HOME EXPERIENCE  

HOLY WEEK IN A BOX: CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK WITH A FEW ITEMS FOUND WITHIN THE HOME 

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR: MAKING THE MOST OF HOLY WEEK AT HOME 

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR: MASS AT HOME WITH CHILDREN 

SADLIER: HOLY WEEK AND EASTER RESOURCES 

USCCB: Engage and Form Families at Home this Holy Week

SOPHIA INSTITUTE: Holy Week at Home 2020

EASTER WEEK WITH MATT MAHER 

Experience Easter week with Matt Maher by watching his seven video discussion series clicking the links below.  

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Resources: Paul Canavese, The Pastoral Center

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Resources (The Religion Teacher)

Your Essential Guide to the Triduum
 (Busted Halo)
Taking you step-by-step through the three-day celebration of the Church.

Holy Week Activities (Loyola Press)

Holy Week Resources for Families (Sadlier)
Recursos de Semana Santa para las  Familias (Sadlier)


Preparing for the Easter Vigil (OnlineMinistries-Creighton University)
Catechize your parish with this bulletin that goes over the significance of each of the main parts of the Easter Vigil.

The Easter Triduum ( Sadlier)
Explanation for children

Good Friday (Pinterest)

Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum (USCCB)

Celebrating Easter: A Handout for Busy Parents (Growing up Catholic)
This handout is available to download free if you register with the Growing Up Catholic website.   It is two pages chocked full of information for parents on the meaning of Easter and ideas on how to celebrate the holiday with family focused on the real meaning of the event.

Christian Easter Crafts for Kids (Catholic Icing)
Easter coloring pages and the jelly bean prayer plus a resurrection rolls and cookies and resurrection eggs.

Eleven Activities for Families to Celebrate the 50 Days of Easter (Sr. Janet Schaeffler - Faith Formation Learning Exchange)
Great ideas to help families make the Easter season come alive for 50 days courtesy of the Faith Formation Learning Exchange.


Easter Activities (The Religion Teacher)
Explore the following Easter activities for kids as a part of your Easter lesson plans this year.

Easter Activities for Kids (iMOM)
Help parents prep for Easter with an Easter Story Hunt or Easter Egg Hunt, and sharing some Easter Traditions!

Easter Games (The Catholic Toolbox)
Games and activities to help families celebrate the Triduum and Easter in the home.

Easter Prayers from CRS (Catholic Relief Services)
As we celebrate Christ rising to new life, we gather in prayer, that we too may know new life, that we may be witnesses to Him, shining in thought and word and deed the newness of a world touched by a Savior who invites us to share in His Resurrection.

Holy Week Activities (Loyola Press)

Holy Week Resources for Families (Sadlier)

Preparing for the Easter Vigil (OnlineMinistries-Creighton University)
Catechize your parish with this bulletin that goes over the significance of each of the main parts of the Easter Vigil.

The Easter Triduum ( Sadlier)
Explanation for children

Good Friday (Pinterest)

Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum (USCCB)

Arts and Faith: (Loyola Press)


Easter Resources (Loyola Press)
A variety of activities and resources to enable families to bring the resurrection home.


Pascua (USCCB)

Prayer for the Newly Baptized (Sadlier)

​The Best Thing About Easter (YouTube)

Easter Version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (YouTube)

Divine Mercy Lesson Plan and Activities (The Religion Teacher)

Divine Mercy Sunday (Loyola Press)

Pentecost  Activity: Tongue of Fire Hat (Building Faith)

(Pentecost Novena
 (Presentation Ministries)

Pentecost For All Generations  (Lifelong Faith)
Celebrating Pentecost intergenerational event or stand alone activities for families, youth and children

​LENTEN VIDEOS
What are the Faith Practices of Lent? Bishop Barron Explains (Word on Fire)

What Does Lent Mean? (The Religion Teacher)

Catholic Kids Homilies for Ash Wednesday and all the Weeks of Lent  (Isabella D'Angelo - Catholic Kids Media)
An upbeat animated video with a kid-friendly homily based on the readings for Ash Wednesday and all the weeks of Lent.

Lent Frequently Asked Questions: With Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press)
 

Lenten Video Series (The Religion Teacher)

Reflecting on the Lenten Scriptures Cycle A Video Options: Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press)

Stations of the Cross Video-English (American Bible Society)
Featuring unique works of art from sculptor Gib Singleton, this video provides an opportunity for viewers to meditate on the Passion of Christ.

Palm Sunday (Outside da Box)

What is Lent? (Catholic Relief Services) 
Why do we set aside this season and change our practices? What does it accomplish? Fr. Jim Martin, Kerry Weber, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chris West and others answer.  Has subtitles in Spanish.
 

​LENTEN RESOURCES FOR ADULTS

Forty Lenten Ideas (Janet Schaeffler, OP)
Lent approaches each year, our minds turn to, “what will we do; what will we give up?” Instead of giving up, why not put something in ... something that will take hold and stay with us for the rest of our lives – since Lent is about change/conversion. Remember that real penance is to live life well: to be the mercy and peace of God toward others. Perhaps one or two of these ideas will be helpful.

Living Lent Daily - 40 Hours to Inspire Your Journey through Lent (Loyola Press)
Each year, Lent is celebrated by millions of Catholics throughout the world. But what is truly at the heart of Lent, and how can each of us participate fully in this special season of the church year? Let Fr. James Martin, Fr. William Barry, best-selling author Vinita Hampton Wright, and many others lead you to a deeper appreciation of your faith through the Living Lent Daily series.

Lenten Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron (Word on Fire)
Fr. Barron sends daily Lenten reflections right to your inbox.

Live Lent: Things to Do (Renew International)
Live Lent: A Forty-Day Challenge (Renew International)

USCCB Lent 2020 Resources (USCCB)

Lenten Stations of the Cross (USCCB)
 
 

LENTEN ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Ash Wednesday Lesson Plan (The Religion Teacher)

Families/CRS Rice Bowl (CRS)
CRS Rice Bowl can serve as the foundation to your family’s Lenten journey. We have prayer resources and activities to use during dinner, in the car on the way to school or whenever you have just a few moments to gather together, pause and pray. Use these holy days of Lent to respond to Pope Francis’ call to deepen your family’s faith life-and let CRS Rice Bowl accompany your family along the way.

 

Inclusive Lenten Activities (National Catholic Partnership on Disability )

Lent Activities (The Religion Teacher)

Check out the curated links on this site for a wide variety of kid-friendly activities.

Lenten Calendar for Kids (Catholic Icing)
Catholic Icing offers families a nice "Journey through Lent" calendar that can help kids track the days through Lent and write into the days the Lenten actions and sacrifices that they do.  It is offered in a variety of languages.  

40 Ideas for 40 Days (Joe Paprocki)
Faith formation activities to use with children.

Creating a Lenten Prayer Space in the Home (Building Faith)
Children, especially young children, often relate to what they can see  and touch better than what they hear.  A small table with a cross an empty bowl and purple cloth, among other things, is the beginning of a sensory journey through Lent for families. 

Lent: Resources for your Lenten Journey  (Loyola Press)
Activities, Stations of the Cross, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Articles, Videos, Prayers, Retreats, Art, Books

​Recursos Cuaresmales (Loyola Press)

Lenten Activities for Children (Catholic Icing) 
Activities for preschoolers 

Lenten Adventure (Holy Heroes)

Lent at Home: Activities for Busy Catholic Families (Loyola Press)
Simple ideas for Lent including crafts, mealtime sharing, reaching out in kindness and reading for families.

Stations of the Cross for Children (Loyola Press)

Lenten Resources (Sadlier)
Family Lenten Calendar, Stations of the Cross Prayer, Living out Lent Activity, Act of Contrition Prayer Card

Resources for the Season of Lent (RCLBenziger)