I have spent the last several months feeling a little overwhelmed. Do you ever have those kinds of stretches of time too? It just seems like there is so much to do, but I just can’t quite get the right focus (or time) to get it all done. With Lent quickly approaching, I was worried about making a big commitment to one Lenten sacrifice. Because of that, I worked on this free printable that I thought others might benefit from too: 40 Lenten Activities for Catholic Families.
Note: You will get the download by clicking on a text link farther down in this post that says “DOWNLOAD THE 40 LENTEN ACTIVITIES FOR CATHOLIC FAMILIES FREE PRINTABLE.”
As has been a hallmark of my life lately, I kept this printable open on my computer for days as I slowly worked on filling in the 40 squares. When we were going to watch a movie as a family the other night, I declared that I needed five minutes of crowd sourcing for my last eight squares.
My family then offered up ideas for how to fill in the remaining squares. Of course, my poor kids were sometimes getting frustrated, as they would offer up a suggestion and I would tell them that I already had that, or something similar. Finally though, we finished up all of the squares.
After we finished, without me suggesting that I wanted to print this out for us to use, I was so pleased when my kids started saying that we should work our way through this printable during Lent.
In your home, you could decide to print out one copy for the whole family to work on or you may decide to print each person out their own printable. That’s up to you and what will work best for your family. (You could also do this printable, but also plan for individual sacrifices with this planning sheet.)
Although I put a couple of mentions of Holy Week types of activities in the last row, this is absolutely not a page where activities should be done in a certain order. Sometimes something in the bottom row might be better for your family to do before something in the top row. Go for it!
I purposefully made this in a way that you could tailor it to your family’s needs. Just mark off things as you do them in any order you wish.
Does 40 activities just seem like too much to you? Don’t worry – I also have a 10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Catholic Families Free Printable as well!
This download is free for personal or classroom use. It can also be put into church bulletins or newsletters, but the copyright credit line must be included (which just means that you need to make sure that you don’t accidentally crop off the line with the copyright information at the bottom of the printable when you are reproducing it). It cannot be included in a publication that is larger than a single school or parish without first contacting me to discuss details and cost.
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To make it easier on those who don’t have a color printer or those who would like to hand these out to students and put them on colored paper, the download includes both a color version and a black and white version. They are the same content, but just look slightly different.
Want to do these activities but make them into a paper chain instead? Get that free printable here:
Wanting to add more to your family’s Lenten observances? Here are a couple resources that might be helpful:
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