Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lenten Plans

"Conversion, therefore, entails allowing ourselves to be drawn in by Christ so that we can become one with him in the way we think and feel and act and speak" ~ Magnificat, March 2011

We are slowly formulating our plans for Lent this year.  As a family we are going to limit desserts to the feast days we will celebrate, and we will make a weekly stop at the adoration chapel, even if for only a few minutes, its a good habit.

Lori @ Keeping it Simple has graciously offered to send me her copy of Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander, so I plan to read that along with the daily meditations from In Conversation with God.  The whole In Conversation with God series is very good.

Last year I made a calendar for Lent.  I might make one up again this year, we'll see how much time I have this weekend.  We also worked on a couple of de-cluttering projects, we may put together a new list for this year too.  We always have spots to organize and de-clutter :)

We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Feast.  On St. Patrick's Day we will feast on Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread and Mint Shakes.  This year I also plan to have sloppy joe's for dinner on St. Joseph's Feast Day, along with a cream puff dessert.  The Annunciation is March 25th, we will have waffles for breakfast and some yet to be determined yummy dessert.

We are still in First Holy Communion prep mode.  At our parish, FHC takes places on Easter Sunday.  Now Sarah will be joining Jonah and will also do her First Holy Communion this year.  It was a bit of a no brainer, I'm not sure why we didn't think of it sooner, she has been doing the same work as Jonah and is every bit as prepared.  We cleared it with our parish yesterday and she is super excited to be taking part in this sacrament.

Paczki's have been ordered for Fat Tuesday, we are ready for the Lenten season to begin!


melismama said...

Good morning Jen - so nice to see your smiling face. Thanks for stopping by my blog so early today! Peace to your day!

Jessica said...

Thanks for this post. The girls and I have been talking about lent this year. Now that both of my girls are home, I hope to participate in more activities at church, like mass on Fridays..... My youngest also wants to throw a Fat Tuesday party next week, just for us, but she wants to be able to eat anything for one day.....I have a feeling she will go to bed with a bellyache that night!

Stacey said...

Jen, Melisa, and Jessica...three of my favorite bloggers all in one place...I gotta jump in on this one! I was raised protestant in a community that really only celebrated holy week. After taking some classes on Catholicism in college, I came to respect and desire a much more Lenten experience. Our church is doing 40 days of prayer emphasis this year, but I still need to figure out what this looks like for my kids...thanks for your thoughts.

Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

Melissa - thank you! same to you.

Jessica - you're probably right about the tummy ache! We have started doing Stations of the Cross with the kids on Fridays. The kids are older this year and we hope to do it more. Our parish priest is very encouraging of the little children which is so helpful.

Stacey - well, you just made my day! Catholic Icing always has lots of good craft ideas for the kids and you could adjust accordingly if necessary. Have a blessed Lenten season.

Tiffany said...

Ready, Set, Go...Love your plans! Thanks for giving us a peek into your domestic church. March and Lenten blessings to you:-) P.S. I'm going to adopt your Sloppy Joes for St. Joseph Day!

Tracy said...

I love all your plans Jen! They look great for Lent! I wish I could say I'm as organized with my Lenten plans as you! We are going to try to do stations of the cross as a family in our home with pictures that my children colored of the stations. We will also be celebrating St. Joseph Feast Day with our homeschool group! We look forward to this feast day each year! Thanks for joining in NOBH again! It's always a blessing to visit your beautiful blog!

Patty said...

I just ordered and received our books. Will post on them later. I copied Tiffany's idea about a liturgical season change game plan. Hoping to do that this weekend in order to get the kiddos to shape up their ideas. Ester's b-day falls on Fat Tuesday so we are celebrating with checkered-birthday cake. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Lindsey V said...

What beautiful plans you have and in how you involve your children! Your banner/header is just priceless!

Tsh at Simple Mom has a challenge called Project Simplify working on de-cluttering our homes. Since you mentioned that as part of your plans, I thought I would attach that link for you to check out if you are interested:


Hopping over from NOBH!

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Thanks for stoppiong by and checking out my plans/recources for Lent. Looks like you have everything planned out nicely!

Admin said...

What a great post! I can wait to have a few more moments to poke through all the links and see these wonderful projects.


If you are interested, we will be Seeking Him during the 40 days of Lent over at www.ahouseupontherock.com.

We'd love to have you if you will be blogging some through the season.

melismama said...

Good morning Jen - so nice to see your smiling face. Thanks for stopping by my blog so early today! Peace to your day!

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