Friday, February 20, 2009

Getting Ready for Lent

Can you believe that Lent begins this coming Wednesday?! Are you ready?? I'm not, but I am slowly getting there.

Our Jesus Tree is ready to go! It was so nice to just pull it out of the closet and hang it on the wall, versus the countless hours I spent putting it together last year. Yay!!!

I also just purchased and downloaded the *brand new* Lent Faith Folder from Faith Folders for Catholics. I was so excited when I received the email tonight announcing that it was available, especially since my boys *loved* working on the Advent Faith Folder. Right now, my printer is busy printing out the 114 pages that came with the download... It looks like it is chock-full with great content!

I've also been gathering all of our Picture Books and CD's for Lent, and I placed an order for The Way of the Cross for Children. We are planning on attending the Stations of the Cross each Friday after Mass, but I am sure this DVD will be a nice addition for the rest of the week!

OH, and I still need to put together our Lenten Calendar. I have quite a few things I need to get done first, so it may not happen until Monday... We'll see. =)

12 comments:

  1. Um, I just commented on your post from LAST year! Sorry!

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  2. Jessica,
    I never leave comments on your blog, but read it almost every day. Just wanted to thank you for all of the great ideas. Our family has benefited greatly from your posts. I pray that God repays you tenfold for the wonderful gifts you post like this. I love that you are like a "one stop shop" leaving links and tutorials for all of the activities and crafts that you do with your family. I just ordered a lap book and have my tree from Scripture Trees all ready to go. I would have never known about these ideas without your blog. So thank you again and God bless your lovely family!
    - Cathy

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  3. Thank you for sharing the Stations of the Cross DVD. I am adding it to my wishlist. Pro Multis Media does a great job with their children's DVDs (at least they did with the Traditional Mass for Children DVD that they produced).

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  4. Thanks Jessica for your beautiful and educational posts. I have SO many books I am readin and getting ideas from as well as all the great web resources etc. We have the scripture trees too and i think I will make this this year and do next as my oldest isn't three yet....but looking forward to doing more and more activities with them as they get older! thanks so much!

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  5. Cathy ~ Thank you for your kind words! I love sharing what we are up to, and I am glad to hear that it is helpful to others!! I hope you have a blessed Lent!


    Christine ~ We have the Traditional Mass for Children DVD and *LOVE* it!!! In fact, we have even loaned it out to friends who didn't understand the Latin Mass and they all learned so much from this DVD. I *highly* recommend it to everyone, not just children! I also really like their Sing-Along as well. Such beautiful videos!!! I am anxious to watch The Way of the Cross!

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  6. Thanks for the DVd recommendations. That is so helpful. I would love the folder as well, but I don't think my printer is up to it. :)

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  7. Lots of great ideas! Hope you are all well! Love, Teresa

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  8. hey, anything cool happen this weekend??? goodness gracious have you forgotten how to post ;)
    r

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  9. Jessica, thanks for the ideas, and congrats to your son who just made his first confession and first communion. And just before Lent! How beautiful! I was just wondering what age group the faith folders are for. My kids are still young (oldest is in Kindergarten + 2 preschoolers), so I wasn't sure if it would be too advanced for them ... Could you let me know? Thanks! God bless!

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  10. At what age do the kids really start using and understanding the faith folders. I don't think my 2 1/2 would get much out of them this year?

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  11. Sarah and Cindy ~ I will be using the Faith Folder with just my oldest two (ages 8 & 7). When they were younger, just following the activities with our Lenten Calendar (and ready a few Lenten Picture Books) was plenty, though the Jesus Tree was sure a nice addition last year.
    I hope that helps?!

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  12. Jennifer ~ The folder could be made without printing our all the pages... There are lots of "options" for each mini book etc, and you could choose before printing which one you want to use, and also read any directions on the computer to significantly reduce the amount of pages that would need to be printed. Since I am having both my boys make the lapbook, I figured I'd just print the whole thing out and let them choose.

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