Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 83/ 4.3.22

Heading Toward Holy Week

Here is a refresher of this amazing week in our Church! We hope you will share in the fullness of the week's liturgies! Holy Week will begin on Palm Sunday 4/10/22. We have just one week before the most beautiful liturgies of our faith take place and we grow in understanding of our Salvation History through the redemptive actions of Jesus Christ!
Holy Week in Two Minutes


Join us as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival in the United States!

The Mass of the Lord's Supper, on Holy Thursday, is the remembrance of the Institution of the Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our faith. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus is present with us in the bread and wine that becomes his body and blood. When we receive the Eucharist, we are formed in Christ's love to go out into the world, nourished to do his work. Make a plan to attend the Mass of the Lord's Supper at your parish during Holy Week this year. If you have never been, open your eyes and ears to all of the beautiful symbolism around you. If you haven't been to Mass in awhile, use this beautiful celebration as your starting point of a wonderful journey back.



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the grey button below.

Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.

  • Little Rose of Sharon by Nan Gurky
  • Little Colts Palm Sunday by Michelle Abrams
  • The Easter Story Egg (available on Amazon..takes you through Holy Week with nesting eggs.)

Parenting Articles: How to help your child understand Holy Week; not just Easter:


Familiarize your young child with some Holy Week imagery with this counting worksheet!
Try this worksheet to understand the Liturgies we celebrate during Holy Week
Put the Scriptural Events of Holy Week in order:


Enter into the spirit of Holy Week with this playlist of Lent and Holy Week hymns:


FORMED.ORG offers many quality family-friendly features for you to watch during Holy Week. Check with your parish to see if you have a Parish subscription!

If you do not have access to FORMED, choose a Holy Week feature from this list put together by Catholic Digest.


There is a Christian artist who illustrates the story of Holy Week using rocks and silent reflection. Watch her work below and then learn how to make your own rock art!
The Easter Story in Rocks by Patti Rokus
DIY-Rock Art Instruction - Jesus Washing the Disciples Feet


We have been praying the Memorare for Peace in Ukraine, Russia and all areas of war. Learn this beautiful prayer to Mary, and add it to your family's prayer time during Holy Week and beyond:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.



Color some scenes from the Stations of the Cross and Holy Week with this online coloring program:


Here are some healthy recipes to help you observe Holy Week in your domestic church of the home, from the blog, Catholic Cuisine:

Word of the Week!

SEVEN CHURCHES VISITATION: A Roman Catholic tradition to visit seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. Following the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose in the church for Adoration. During the Seven Churches Visitation, the faithful visit several churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church. Many of the faithful in our diocese participate in this tradition; you can too! Churches are open for prayer and it makes a memorable Holy Week event for your family.


On Good Friday, our tabernacles are empty. Point out to your child that the sanctuary lamp (the red lamp by the tabernacle ) is not lit. On all other days, we bow or genuflect and show reverence to the tabernacle because Jesus is present. On Good Friday, Jesus is not present in the tabernacle. Point out the difference to your child and help them to better understand the spiritual gift of Reverence.


  • How did Jesus feel when his friends betrayed him in the Garden of Gethsemane and again at the cross?
  • Have you ever had a time when you felt you had been betrayed by your friends?
  • What was Peter thinking when the bystanders asked if he knew Jesus? Would I do the same thing Peter did?
  • How did Simon feel when he was called to help Jesus carry the cross? Could you do that? Do you help anyone in your life "carry a cross?" What does it mean when someone says "we are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus?"
  • How would it have felt to be in the crowd when they called for Jesus' crucifixion?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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