Skip to comments.Family Activities, Projects and Devotions for Experiencing Holy Week [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Posted on 04/16/2011 10:48:13 AM PDT by Salvation
Experiencing Holy Week at CatholicMom.com
Family Activities, Projects and Devotions
CatholicMom.com Stations of the Cross for Children
Palm Sunday Activities
Holy Thursday Coloring
Holy Thursday Crossword Puzzle
Holy Thursday Word Search Puzzle
Good Friday Coloring
Good Friday Crossword Puzzle
Good Friday Word Search Puzzle
Easter Crossword Puzzle
Easter Word Search Puzzle
Meatless Family Recipes
Easter Activities and Crafts
Create a family centerpiece for the week using Sunday's palms from mass as the focal point. Have a special family dinner together on Holy Thursday and think of ways to, as a family, "wash the feet" of people in need in your parish or community. As a family, take the day off on Good Friday and attend services at your parish. Accompany your children to church and participate in the Stations of the Cross at a level they can understand - as a family unit you can "do" your own stations - spend a few moments contemplating each station and discussing quietly and reverently with your child the true meaning of each station. Say a quiet prayer at the end of each Station.
Have you taken advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to fully prepare yourself for Easter this year? If your parish offers a penance service, take your children and explain to them the Sacrament. Even young children who have not as yet received the Sacrament will benefit from attending the prayer service and having an examination of conscience described to them in terms they can understand. While you go to confession, ask your child to pray for you...we need all of the prayers we can get!
On Holy Saturday, make a tradition of coloring Easter eggs as a family reflecting on the beauty of new life. Tie this tradition to the Church's joy at the Resurrection of Jesus and our treasuring of the sanctity of all new life. Pray as a family for the countless people who will enter our Church at the Easter Vigil mass through the RCIA program. You may even want to contact your parish and "adopt" a candidate for whom your family will pray during Holy Week. Light a candle each evening and pray for this person and all who are being baptized and coming into full Communion with the Church. As a family, make attending Mass on Easter Sunday the highlight of your celebration. Rejoice at the Resurrection of our Lord! Read the gospel as a family as a highlight at your Easter meal.
How does your family participate in the joy of the Resurrection of our Savior? Click here to email Lisa with your special Easter traditions, recipes and ideas.
See more suggestions below
|Additional Family Activities:
Catholic/Orthodox Family Ping!
We pray the Divine Mercy novena as a family. I tear up every time too!
The coloring links are great. The Grandkids happened to be over and I printed out about a dozen of them to take home and color [I'm coloring one too :-)].
It's especially neat as our Granddaughter is making her First Holy Communion on Sat, the 30th so as she colors she can think of that big day too.
**[I’m coloring one too :-)]**
I would be tempted to do the same with the grandchildren. Give your grand-daughter a hug for me.
Re my 'coloring' - I use colored pencils in my work - CAD Drawings, and normally just need Red and Yellow. When I complete drawing something I color in (shade) the Arch's Blueprint with Red or Yellow so I know I'm done with 'it', and also to track a 'System' through a building.
But I recently had a complicated project with one System that had 21 'sub-sections', so I needed more colored pencils and had to get a box of Crayola's.
In Professional Drafting (Architectural & Mechanical) the 'coloring' (shading) we did to a Paper & Pencil Drawing has some fancy French word that I can't spell, it's pronounced -- 'Pooh-shay-ing'.So when I saw one of the outlined pics, I thought, 'Hey I'll 'Pooh-shay' this' with my colored pencils and see how it looks :-)
that sounds like an interesting career, but way beyond my understanding. Blessings to you and your family this week.
The history of Passiontide and Holy Week
The Week That Changed The World [EWTN Program: "No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me" Jn 14:6]
Why is this Week Called Holy? Take This Cup
Just In Time for Holy Week ... Gay Jesus
Holy Week With the Pope and Jesus
This Holy Week and the Rest of Your Life (Fr. Corapi on dour situation in the world)
Catholic Caucus: Holy Week and the Rest of Your Life
Holy Week is most important week of the year, Pope says
Holy Week and the Triduum
Passiontide and Holy Week
Why Do We Call it the Passion?
The Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal Mystery
Cardinal Arinze on How to Live Holy Week - Urges Spirit of Faith and Gratitude
We Will Relive the Passion, Death and Resurrection [Audience with Pope Benedict XVI]
Holy Week Recovers Celebration of Penance (at St. Peter's Basilica) - photos!
History of Holy Week (rooted in the 2nd century)
Holy Week Starts Today - Hosanna to the King of Kings!
The Meaning of Holy Week