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In light of Faith Formation sessions being canceled, we are providing you with at-home activities to do together as a family. Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We can do all of these things in our own homes. Although we are inconvenienced in many ways right now, we can use this time to grow closer to each other in our individual families and to God.
Each student in Faith Formation received a Lent calendar with daily activities on them. Please choose activities from this calendar. It’s okay if you want to pick and choose from different ideas on the calendar, based on your family’s needs and interests.
In addition, below are links to Lenten activities for your family.
Salt dough crown of thorns https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2012/02/4040-lenten-activities-salt-dough-crown-of-thorns/
Weekly Home Activities:
Week of March 16– Responding to the Coronavirus- Caring for Ourselves and Others: https://www.loyolapress.com/~/media/Microsites/GWG/GrowingWithGod-SpecialLessonStudentWrksht.ashx?la=en
Week of March 23– Stations of the Cross for Children
Our Lady of the Fields On-line Stations: https://www.ourladyofthefields.org/online-videos
Week of March 30– Preparing for Palm Sunday and Corporal Works of Mercy
-Make cards for nursing homes: Cards can be sent to Arbor Terrace Waugh Chapel,
Attn: Catherine Trujillo. 2535 Evergreen Rd., Gambrills, MD 21054 and she will distribute them to residents.
-Virtual Food Bank:
Virtual Mass On Line:
There are many on line mass options (recorded and live streaming) including at OLF – refer to our online videos option on the front page of our website. We encourage families to participate on a regular basis.
Here are some Virtual Mass Tips
Ahead of time:
Decide on a time to view and set up connection.
• Consider setting up chairs for your “pews” instead of sitting on your sofa.
• Get dressed up as if you are going to Mass.
• Mark the readings in your Bibles before Mass so you can follow along.
• Offer up your Mass for your family’s intentions and for the needs of the world.
As Mass Begins:
• Light a candle on a table near your screen. This is a reminder that Jesus, the Light of the World, is there with you.
• Participate by singing, saying responses, standing, sitting, and kneeling as if you were in a church.
• Pray a spiritual Communion during the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament.
• Serve donuts or some special treat after Mass.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Please contact the Evangelization and Faith Formation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-923-6953 with any questions.