Shrove Tuesday activities to prepare for Ash Wednesday and Lenten season | Examiner.com

 Mardi Gras--also called Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day and Shrove Tuesday--anticipates Ash Wednesday and Lent in the Catholic, Orthodox and some protestant Christian churches. These observances count down to holy week and the Easter Triduum. Shrove Tuesday falls at a different day each year with the movable Easter feast. In 2016, it's Tuesday, Feb. 9. Although the term Mardi Gras is used synonymously with the Carnival ("farewell to the flesh") celebration, it's actually one day. Here are activities children can do to learn more about Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Shrove Tuesday activities to prepare for Ash Wednesday and Lenten season | Examiner.com

Lenten almsgiving: No-cost good deeds, donations, ROAK, volunteer work for kids

Catholics around the world enter into the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday. In 2016, Ash Wednesday will be on Feb. 10. Starting after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), until Easter, Catholics practice Lenten virtues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (charitable giving) Catholics "give up things" in sacrifice for others and in imitation of Jesus's temptation in the desert. So abstaining--got it. But what about almsgiving if you're poor yourself? What about kids who typically don't have much money? Can they practice Lent sacrifice? Yes, because almsgiving doesn't have to involve donations of money. You can make donations of time and talent as well as treasure. Here are no-cost good deeds, ROAK (Random Acts of Kindness) and volunteer work for kids. Use this Lenten calendar of no-cost good deeds, one for every day of Lent.  Lenten almsgiving: No-cost good deeds, donations, ROAK, volunteer work for kids | Examiner.com

Free printable Catholic crafts, Bible bingo, Christian games, religious puzzles

The Catholic liturgical year heads into Lent on Feb. 10, 2016. In this most solemn and meaningful season, Catholic school teachers, religious education instructors, homeschool parents will enjoy these free printable Catholic crafts, Christian games, religious puzzles and activities. Use these for lesson plans, party games, holy day activities and family fun. Free printable Catholic crafts, Bible bingo, Christian games, religious puzzles

Teach children holiday generosity, unselfishness, not greedy gimmes before and after Christmas

Ask any normal red-blooded kid what he looks forward to most about Christmas and he will unabashedly state, "the presents!" (and stop just short of adding "duh!") Children aren't selfish, per se; they like getting presents and have been taught to expect things. So before you say a child is spoiled or selfish, look to home. Because parents talk big about the importance of giving over receiving and they overspend, overindulge and over-gift children. This reinforces to kids that getting is the essence of Christmas. Need ideas to teach children holiday generosity and unselfishness? The best medicine for the greedy, green-eyed gimmes is giving. Here are pay-it-forward activities.   Teach children holiday generosity, unselfishness, not greedy gimmes at Christmas

Free printable Catholic Solemnity of Mary Mother of God coloring pages

On Jan. 1, the Catholic church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, along with New Year's Day. The Solemnity of Mary, also called the Feast of Mary Mother of God, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Catholic parents, if you are teaching children the liturgical calendar, here are free printable Virgin Mary coloring pages, Catholic activities and saints coloring pages to help. Family Holiday has a plethora to share. Make these printables into a Catholic coloring book about the Blessed Mother. There are images from the Joyful and Glorious Mysteries of the rosary which Catholic Christians believe was given by Mary Mother of God to help people get close to her son Jesus.   Free printable Catholic Solemnity of Mary Mother of God coloring pages | Examiner.com

Free printable Catholic Advent Magnificat O Antiphons, Christian Christmas coloring pages and prayers

 Advent, a penitential season in Catholic and Orthodox Christian churches, begins four weeks before Christmas. During Advent, the faithful Catholic pray, give alms, fast and perform acts of sacrifice. It's a lesser Lent. Starting Dec. 17, in Advent, says Benet Vision, the Catholic church counts down the last week till the Octave of Christmas, praying the Magnificat or O Antiphons (names for Jesus) litany. The Magnificat was the Blessed Virgin Mary's prayer to God. Free printable Catholic Advent Magnificat O Antiphons, Christmas coloring pages | Examiner.com

Catholic liturgical Advent calendar, kids' Bible Christmas countdown activities

 Advent, Lent is a four-week penitential season in the Catholic Christian Church. Advent, meaning "coming" is a time of preparation before the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In imitation of Christ, Catholic Advent practices spiritual and corporal works of mercy, including fasting, sacrifice, prayer and almsgiving. It's hard to remember that Advent as a penitential season in the commercialism of the Christmas season. So here are Catholic liturgical Advent calendar crafts to keep the focus. Christmas countdown activities on this Advent calendar involve virtues of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This calendar extends from the first Sunday of Advent (usually the end of Nov. to early Dec.) through to Epiphany (also called Three Kings Day and Twelfth Night) and the Octave of Christmas. The liturgical Advent calendar is made to be reusable, year after year. Catholic liturgical Advent calendar, kids' Bible Christmas countdown activities | Examiner.com

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