YOUTH AND FAMILIES – QUARANTINED, BUT NEVER ALONE
Our routine has changed considerably and hopefully we will carve out some time to remain connected to our Lord and to each other.
Here are some links to activities that allow us to encounter the God of tenderness in our daily lives. Explore them! There is something for everyone: children, teens, young adults, parents, pastoral workers and youth ministers.
Holy Week as Family
LIVING HOLY WEEK AT HOME
- Holy Week for Adults
- Holy Week (at Home) Editable Schedule and Resources
- The Ultimate Guide for Celebrating Holy Week With Kids
- 10 Ways to Help Children Appreciate the Triduum
- The Eucharist and Discipleship
- Fr. Mike Schmitz on the Eucharist
- Host your own family Seder meal
- Meditation of The Washing of the Feet
- The Light and Glory of New Life: The Easter Vigil
- A Step-by-Step Guide to the Easter Vigil
- The Paschal Candle: Everything You Need to Know
- Start a New Tradition : Begin the Day (and wake your kids up!) with the Hallelujah from Haendel’s Messiah to celebrate the joy of Easter!
- With the Resurrection, New Life is Possible for You too!
- Living the Gospel of Easter
- The Fast is Over, It’s Time to Feast!
Holy Week for children
LIVING HOLY WEEK AT HOME
- Kids Explain the Holy Eucharist
- Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
- The Eucharist: Food for the Soul
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist (Scroll down to Session Videos and click #2)
- Children’s Stations of the Cross
- Printable Stations of the Cross for Children
- God’s Guidelines
- The Sacrament of Confession
- String Art Easter Cross
- Easter Candle With Kids
- Resurrection Rolls
- Children’s Guide to the Easter Vigil
- Resurrection Cookies (with meaning explained)
- Salt Dough Resurrection Scene
- Resurrection Rolls
- For all the families of Church, gathered around Christ in their homes to be nourished by prayer, the Scriptures and Spiritual Communion; and for Pope Francis and all bishops as they proclaim the Gospel with a father’s love, for the sufferings of all people. Lord, have mercy.
- For all priests and deacons, called to serve their people with love and humility; and for those who minister among young people and the sick. Lord, have mercy.
- For the suffering people of our world; for the gift of peace and hope for refugees in war situations; and for religious freedom for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths. Lord, have mercy.
- For healing for the sick, strength for families, courage for care givers; and for the Spirit’s wisdom for leaders and medical teams making decisions for the common good in this time of the pandemic. Lord, have mercy.
- For families that will nurture the call of God; for the spiritual and physical well-being of all parishioners; for those facing pain and agony; and for all the faithful departed. Lord, have mercy
- For God’s protection for all of God’s children, for the health and safety of everyone during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we pray to the Lord.
- For continuous coordinated efforts among individuals, nations and societies as we all work together to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we pray to the Lord.
- For healthcare workers and all who are on the front-lines, especially those in positions of vulnerability as they work to serve their neighbors, we pray to the Lord.
- That in addition to following all the recommendations of the healthcare professionals, we also remember to appeal to God in prayer, we pray to the Lord.
- For those are sick and suffering, especially for those who are isolated and without help, for their healing, we pray to the Lord.
- For those who have died, for eternal rest for their souls, and for peace and comfort for those they left behind, we pray to the Lord.
- For all those who suffer from anxiety in the midst of this exceptional situation we are going through. May they get comfort, Lord, both in your unlimited Love and in the community. Holy Spirit, be our light so that we keep faith in the heart of our daily lives and in that way, we may transform fear into hope. Amen.
TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FAITH
Couples and parents
- How to Face Unemployment together as a couple
- How to Talk to Children about COVID-19
- 12 Catholic Movies to Watch During Social Distancing
- Resources for families from Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry
- Sacrifice Beans for Kids
- Jesuit Discernment in a time of covid19
- “Family Prayer in Every Home” booklet by Most Reverend Christian Lépine
COVID-19: An Opportunity to Build the Domestic Church
For more ideas
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