All very fun for kids to wear, and pretty easy for moms to manage. Print, color, cut. You can attach some elastic, or glue a popsicle stick to the bottom, or just tape it to junior's forehead. He's not going to want to wear it for that long anyway, right?For dinner, I'm going to make my shrimp etoufee recipe (you can find it in this post) because I have big kids I can make peel the shrimp, and after that it's pretty easy. Then we'll eat up what we can of the treats, and toss the rest. And maybe a family dance party, and maybe a family movie. But it's going to be fun. YOU are fun too, I just know it. And I want to see it. So, take a picture of how you and/or your kids are celebrating Fat Tuesday. Share it to the Catholic All Year Facebook page or put it on Instagram and tag me @kendra_tierney. Use the hashtag #feastthenfast so we can all find each other. Or email it to me at CatholicAllYear @ gmail.com. Have your photos in to me by 10am Pacific on Ash Wednesday, and at noonish, I'll announce the four winners, who will receive some very useful prizes (see below). That taken care of, you'll be able to move on into Lent knowing you are a fun and well-balanced person. Hopefully you've already sorted out what you're giving up or taking up for Lent (here are some ideas) and you've decided what to do about the whole Sunday thing (read more about that from me here), but maybe now you're looking for a way to engage with Lent daily in a meaningful and productive way. I've got a couple of last-minute, easily downloadable Lent resources for you. First, is the CAY Lent Challenge! The CAY Team has created a FREE Lent challenge to help you have a growth-filled Lent EVEN in the midst of the busyness that is life with a family. Inside you'll find ideas and tips for incorporating the rich traditions of Lent into your family life, plus journal and prayer prompts, and links to other helpful resources! Download it, print it out at home, and use the pages to have an intentional, prayerful Lent this year. A perfect compliment to the CAY Lent Challenge, is the Lenten Magnificat Companion 2023 App.
Finally, a couple of free printables from me to you . . . This is what our family Lent calendar looks like (when something weird is going on with my black ink in the color printer): You can download all the pictures, plus our Family Lent Rules, in a pdf here. There are more pictures than you need, I just let the kids cut them out and put up the ones they want. We put up the six square pastel Sunday ones (actually we'll only use five this year since one of the feasts we usually celebrate falls on a Sunday this year). There are pictures for each of the feasts that we celebrate as a family that (usually) fall during Lent: February 22 is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, March 17 is St Patrick's Day, March 19th is St. Joseph's Day, and March 25th is The Annunciation. Then we put up enough of the other pictures to add up to 46 pictures. I wish the pictures themselves were cooler, but they were the best I could find in Microsoft word clipart. It gets the job done, anyway! And here's a printable Lenten quote, to get you all fired up . . .The Lenten Companion App is designed to help you live all the graces of Lent.Presented in a day-by-day format, the Lenten Companion App contains:LITURGY – daily Mass prayers and Scripture readings PRAYER – a cycle of prayers for morning, evening, and night inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours MEDITATION – spiritual reflections for each day of Lent Other unique features include: ESSAYS – to enlighten , inspire, and deepen your relationship with God POETRY – capturing the spirit of the season PENANCE SERVICE – to prepare well for your Lenten confession DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS – for various occasions and growing in faith CHANTS – for Lent and Easter… listen while you read and pray This one-of-a-kind application has been developed with the needs of your prayer life in mind. Use it to grow in love and knowledge of Christ and the Church this Lenten season.