Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
April 15, 2024


Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Activity of the Week

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Gather family members in a circle. Talk about how your Lenten observances help you grow in friendship with Jesus. Serve pretzels as a reminder of the need for fasting and prayer during Lent.
  • The message from this Sunday’s Gospel is that Jesus doesn’t condemn us; rather he wants us to receive his forgiveness and love. Reflect on your family relationships. Write a brief letter to a member of your family that you have not forgiven.
  • Jesus wants us to live in the freedom of his love. As a family, plan to spend time with someone who is feeling trapped physically or emotionally. This could be a young mother who needs time alone away from the kids, a homebound elderly neighbor, or a classmate who is trapped by put-downs, prejudice or poverty.
  • This week pray together the following Act of Contrition for your family evening or meal prayer: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.