Resources for the seasons of our ministries
The video above is Sacraments 101:Penance from BustedHalo.com - great overview of the Sacrament and why we do to a priest to confess.
If the link is not working, you can access it via YouTube at: http://youtu.be/Wz5-vu6A58E
The video to the left is Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes and is posted at: http://youtu.be/m3L3c23MfC0
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Lenten resources:
USCCB on Triduum
USCCB listing of Holy Father Homilies from key Lent-Easter liturgies
Vatican resources for Lent
Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2017
(Last updated in 2013)
Paulist Young Adult Ministry resources
"Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes" (video)
Listing of past articles:
St. Mary's Press offers these suggestions for your prayer in Lent:
6-minute video on the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
You can also pull a number of activity samples to use by visiting:
**New in 2014***
New Mobile App Puts an End to Hunger at Your Fingertips -- Makes Lenten Experience More Meaningful While Making the World a Better Place
Baltimore, MD, February 5, 2014 -- CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ 39-year-old Lenten program, known for the colorful cardboard rice bowl used by generations of Catholics each Lent, is making the leap to mobile devices today with the introduction of its first App.
The Rice Bowl App allows people to tap into a rich spiritual experience and make the 40 days of Lent a time that can change their lives while helping to get closer to a world free of hunger. Now, more than ever, CRS Rice Bowl is the simplest way to bring Lent into your life, online, offline, anytime, anywhere.
Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention to the plight of hunger and poverty around the world. He said, “the scandal that millions of people suffer from hunger must not paralyze us, but push each and every one of us to act: singles, families, communities, institutions, governments, to eliminate this injustice”. For people looking for a way to respond to this call, CRS Rice Bowl’s mobile app can help.
All the resources needed to make Lent a more personal experience in a relevant and convenient way are available on the CRS Rice Bowl App. Users can schedule delivery of daily reflections to their mobile device, set and track progress towards a personal Lenten goal, view simple meatless recipes to prepare on Fridays, and read or watch stories about the people whose lives have been changed through the program. The App is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play Store or at crsricebowl.org/app
· Prayerful reflection for each day of Lent
· Customizable tool to set Lenten sacrifice goal and track progress towards its achievement
· Meatless recipes for Fridays during Lent
· Stories and videos of people who benefit from prayers and almsgiving to CRS Rice Bowl
“I think the season of Lent sometimes gets away from us. We start out with good intentions, and suddenly it’s Holy Week. I’ve got the App on my phone so I can make sure no matter where I am I can take a few minutes to pray and reflect and track my progress on my sacrificial goal. For someone like me, it’s ideal,” said Joan Rosenhauer, CRS’ executive vice president for U.S. Operations.
CRS Rice Bowl is in its 39th year with more than 13,000 Catholic parishes and schools participating in the program. Last year CRS Rice Bowl raised more than $7 million to support CRS programs overseas, bringing sustainable solutions to fight poverty and hunger. Twenty-five percent of Rice Bowl donations remain in the diocese where they are raised to address local needs.
For more information on the program, please visit crsricebowl.org or see the online media kit.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Easter resources:
Vatican Resources for Easter
St. Mary's Press online resource center:
Why not eat meat on Friday's in Lent?
For All Seasons
Prayers for special occasions for family use --
Another page developed by the USCCB as part of the Year of Faith resourcing - I pray it stays up for families to use in the future as well:
My favorite resource to recommend is good for all seasons, and it comes from St. Mary's Press (http://www.smp.org) called The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.
Watch me talk about this resources for two minutes if you miss seeing me ;-)