THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 80/ 2.20.22
LIVE THE EUCHARIST
The Eucharist calls us into communion with Christ. It also invites us into communion with one another when we are sent forth at the end of Mass. The One Minute Homily above asks us to reflect on how we can make space for another during Lent. How can we share the love of Christ for others by paying closer attention to those around us? Who is most in need of your attention right now? How can you share the love of Christ with that person? Perhaps it is your child who is always desperate for attention in a busy household, or a parent who spends a lot of time alone because of family distance; maybe it is a neighbor who has no family at all or a stranger that is living on a cold winter street. Go forth, and share the love of Christ this Ash Wednesday and beyond.
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 purple button below.
Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.
- Chester Church Mouse and Ash Wednesday by Lorie Shively
- Trouble with Lent by Paul McCusker
- Take Up Your Cross: Lenten Bible Stories for Kids by Jared Dees
Parenting Articles: Explaining Ash Wednesday to Children: https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2017/02/explaining-ash-wednesday-to-children/
Cut apart cards and gather pennies, paper clips, m&ms or other small items as "markers."
Word of the Week!
What types of questions might come up when you talk about Lent and Ash Wednesday? Here are some we thought might enter a kid's mind. Have a conversation so that your child can understand the significance of this important season.
- What could I do to show Jesus I am grateful for his sacrifice?
- Do I have any behaviors that aren't good? What can I change?
- Is it hard to give something up for 40 days?
- Why does it matter if I pay attention to Lent?
- Are the ashes going to come off?