I really hope and pray that this Lenten season has been fruitful for you and your families. If you did not take some time last week to pray the stations of the cross than do so this week. Or if you did do it last week then do it again this week! You do not have to pray them only once a Lent!
I know I touched upon this topic at the end of January, but I want to revisit the topic briefly of Saint Joseph. He is such an incredible Saint that we as parents can learn from (especially dads), but we the virtues that he lived should be taught to our children.
His feast day is this Friday March 19, and maybe you can take some time that day to pray this prayer:
Our Sunday Visitor put together a really comprehensive page to help you and your family learn and celebrate the life of Saint Joseph. Check it out for you and your children: Year of Saint Joseph
The more we can learn about him the more we can become more like him, and receive graces from our Lord through his intercession. Here is a short video for your children to make it easier to learn more about him: Who is Saint Joseph?
A yummy Lenten idea to do with your children this week is make pretzels! Check out this site for the significance and an easy recipe: Lenten Pretzels
Almsgiving is something we should always be doing within our parish and local community, however during this season of Lent we also are called to stretch ourselves a little more and in different ways. One way that we traditionally do here at the parish is through the Operation Rice Bowl. If you come to the church, you can find some boxes to fill and bring back. If you would like to make a donation directly online, you can do that too. Check out their website for how to donate, but also plenty of activities and lessons on this important mission: https://www.crsricebowl.org/
Bonus for you parents! Parenting can be challenging, but this new video from Jackie and Bobby Angel shows that while parenting is challenging it is necessary and can bring us closer to the Lord. Know that you are in my prayers and take comfort in watching this video: How Kids Make You Holy