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Lent for Children, Teens and Young Adults

Lent is the primary penitential season of the liturgical year. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Easter Triduum, which celebrates the ultimate act of love: Jesus' passion, death and resurrection — the foundation of the Christian faith. We offer the following resources, that incorporate prayerfasting and almsgiving, to help youth deepen their experience of Lent.

Children

40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids — This resource from Call Her Happy, a blog by a Catholic mom, offers simple suggestions to help your kids understand Lent.


Catholic Mom Lenten Activities — This website from a Catholic mom offers creative family activities, arts and crafts, prayer ideas and more to help even young children begin to grasp this penitential season.


CRS Rice Bowl Activities for Grades 1-8 — This includes prayers, lesson plans and activities specifically for children to help them take part in this traditional Lenten program incorporating prayer, fasting and almsgiving.


Lenten Activities for Children — This resource from Catholic Icing may be just what you are looking for. It offers lots of practical activities to teach children about Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross and more.


Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching for Grades 1-8 — This resource from Catholic Relief Services can be used to teach young people about Church teaching while helping them learn about some of the realities facing our brothers and sisters in different countries around the world.


Stations of the Cross Coloring Book — Download this PDF from Catholic Mom to help your children participate in this meditation for Lent.


Teaching Catholic Kids — This resource from Our Sunday Visitor offers reflections, activities and stewardship ideas.



Teens and Young Adults

10 Ways to Deepen Your Experience of Lent — In addition to the traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent, many perform acts of penance by "giving up" something, such as chocolate, soda or social media. As an alternative, we invite you to take up a practice that you wouldn't otherwise do. It may help you experience Lent in a whole new way this year.


25 Ways to Do Works of Mercy in Arkansas — This list offers practical suggestions on how to perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.


102 Things You Should Really Give Up for Lent — This list offers a wide range of options from the comical to the considerate to the deeply challenging, which serve to transform by the end of the season.


Beginner’s Guide to Adoration — This article from Life Teen International offers advice for anyone unfamiliar with the praying before the Blessed Sacrament. See Eucharistic Adoration in Arkansas.


Bishop Anthony B. Taylor Homily Library — Through his homilies, our bishop breaks open the Word and offers tangible ways to apply the Bible to our lives in today's world. 


CRS Food Fast — By fasting for 24 hours, youth can experience what it is like to go hungry as they part in activities that teach them about people around the world who often go hungry.


CRS Rice Bowl App — You can put Lent at your fingertips with daily reflections and recipes, integrated social sharing and a new way to track your Lenten sacrifices. Available in English and Spanish.


CRS Rice Bowl Activities for Grades 9-12 — This includes prayers, lesson plans and activities specifically for teens to help them take part in this traditional Lenten program incorporating prayer, fasting and almsgiving.



Follow the Holy Father on Twitter — If your time is limited, follow Pope Francis to get challenging meditations in 140 characters or less.


How to Pray: 6 Tips for a Better Prayer Life — In this article from Life Teen International, prayer is explained in a tangible, practical way offering tips like: "Say Hello" and "Be Yourself."


InstaLent Photo Challenge — If you love taking photos, why not combine this hobby with your expression of prayer? This activity from Busted Halo invites you to take a photo each day during Lent that reflects different themes of Lent and meditate on how these bring your closer to God.


Into the Desert: How to Live Your Lent with Purpose — This blog from Life Teen International discusses prayer, fasting and almsgiving in the context of the directive: "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel."


Prayer Book of Intentions Online — In addition to posting prayer requests, we invite you pray for the intentions posted on our website at your parish, school or with your youth or young adult ministry group.


Reconcile with God through Confession — "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart ..." (Joel 2:12). See regular Arkansas Confession Times or take part in a special communal reconciliation service held during Lent at a parish near you.


Stations of the Cross — If unable to take part in this Lenten meditation at your parish or campus, we invite you to reflect on Jesus' passion and death online through this resource offering reflections from Catholics in Arkansas.


What Should I Do For Lent? Pope Francis' 10 Tips —This reflection from FOCUS college ministry looks at advice from Pope Francis and applies it in practical ways for Lent.