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Explaining Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving to Kids 

Explaining Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving to Kids 

By Colleen Pressprich

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent, meant to guide us deeper into this penitential season. As adults, this can come naturally to us, but when it comes to explaining it to our children and engaging them in the activities, that can be trickier.

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Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

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Celebrating Ash Wednesday as a Family

By Anne Metz

On Ash Wednesday, my family skips school in the morning and heads to Mass. We started this tradition when our kids were very small because making it to the 7 pm Mass just didn’t work for our triplets’ early bedtime.

Even though my kids are now old enough to stay awake for the evening Mass, we continue our tradition of going to Mass in the morning. On a normal Wednesday, my children would be in school all day. But Ash Wednesday is not a normal Wednesday. This day is different, set aside.

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Explaining the Eucharist to Young Children

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Explaining the Eucharist to Young Children

By Allison Gingras

Explaining the Eucharist to young children, especially when you struggle to understand certain aspects yourself, can be a challenge. However, the beauty of the Catholic faith is knowing, "with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26). We don't need to know all the answers, just where to look and Whom to ask.

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Five Ways to Use Brother Francis Lent Flash Cards

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Five Ways to Use Brother Francis Lent Flash Cards

by Lindsay Schlegel

As a parent responding to the call to raise my children in the Faith, I want to make the liturgical year feel alive and active. The rhythms of seasons of fasting and feasting are meant to reach us as creations of the Creator and to help us—children and adults alike—draw closer to the Lord.

During Advent, we have a Jesse tree, nativity sets, and Advent calendars to mark the season of waiting before Christmas begins. The kids pick out tags from the giving tree at church and select a gift to give.

It’s a little bit more challenging to make the season of Lent compelling to a child.

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Weaving Faith into the Homeschooling Day

Weaving Faith into the Homeschooling Day

By Colleen Presprich

I absolutely love homeschooling my kids, and this year, as I know there are many families who are trying it out for the first time, I wanted to share a little bit about how we supplement our curriculum to add more religious education throughout our day. There are so many ways to do this (a quick look on Pinterest will tell you that the possibilities are nearly endless) but personally, I like to keep it simple. Thankfully, Brother Francis has some great products that make it easy for me as a mom of four.

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