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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
March 19, 2019
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Lent

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

Third Sunday of Lent

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

  • The Samaritan woman felt free to change because she felt that Jesus loved and accepted her. As a family, talk about how we feel when someone in the family wants us to change. Why does it help when you know that the one who is making the request loves you? Why is it important for us to affirm the good we see in one another? How does knowing Jesus help us to change for the better?
  • Create a centerpiece for the dinner table on the theme of water. You may want to use a dish of water, a flower to float in the water, or a candle that floats in the water. Go around the table and have family members answer this question. How is Jesus satisfying a thirst of yours?
  • Place a bowl of water in the center of a table in your home. Form a circle around the bowl of water. Remind the family of the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman and of Jesus’ statement that he will give us living water that brings eternal life. Invite each family member to place his or her hand in the water and bless him or herself. When everyone has blessed themselves say: Let your Living Water refresh our lives.
  • Use the story of the woman at the well to show how Jesus accepted the outcast. Discuss with your family: Who are the outcasts and strangers who live in our community? What does it mean to welcome them, and accept them for who they are?