Resources for Families
To provide support, the Office of Family and Faith Formation
has created a compilation of resources for you.
Lenten Retreat Exercises
Complete package for Lent Families in Mission
Complete package for Lent Return to Me, path to healing
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Reflection from Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove
"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live." (Jn. 11:25)
This is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus. Our Lord is not indifferent to human suffering in all its forms, especially death. The fact that I have to leave everything I know and love causes great consternation. Christ became like us in all things but sin. He experienced death and took the stinger out of it for us.
Christ's mysteries are our mysteries. If we have died with him, we shall also live with him. If the first is true: suffering and death, the second is also true: eternal glory with him forever. With our gaze fixed on our true homeland, we will not cling to transitory realities that pass. Only what we have done out of love for God and others will remain.
Reflection: Do I face the reality of my death with faith? Do I prepare for this moment each day by remaining prayerful and vigilant? Do I strive to do all the good I can while there is daylight?
Families in Mission Jesus cried
Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use Please release me
Readings of the Week
Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Holy Week: Palm Sunday
Families in Mission Celebration and suffering
Reflection Guide for Personal or Group Use: Crucify him!
Readings of the Week
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Holy Thursday -Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Faith Formation Eucharistic Revival Resources
“One of the most admirable effects of Holy Communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola
How To Explain The 7 Sacraments Without Boring Your Children
Children’s Holy Hour
Why (And How) To Bring Your Kids To Adoration
Children Guided Adoration, USCCB -and more Resources-
Faith Series Eucharistic Adoration
3-Minute Retreat (Loyola)
5 Tips On How To Receive The Eucharist
Struggling to Believe in the Eucharist?
All Your Questions About Adoration Answered…What Is It? How Do I Go? What Do I Do? And More!
Do You Know About These 6 Incredible Eucharistic Miracles?
-Living the Mass Webinar https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/scripture-and-tradition/mass-and-liturgy/living-the-mass-webinar/
QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About The Eucharist?
6 Things Children Learn When You Skip Mass On Sundays
Human Dignity Catechesis (bilingual resources)
- Kinder & 1º - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11xpeX9GI2vLzQBQxsljOQAGO_T15qs5W
- 2º & 3º - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FZUkNgPSN-DgoqV-q2XvXz0wzTsuZBpI
- 4º & 5º grado - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AtbXbwzYVMbup-2HWsLIaJ0bydNstRLg
- Jr. High - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/125d4UAL7CSnwCxAGyGkfz_2UdMJFU4RJ
- High School - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wDIgbHSC81feoaGNjj15-OTyEbFnz3Bl
- Adults- https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1M4reuj_J79dN4m7gDGZvWIZOkJ52uFIB
FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND PARISH PROGRAMS
- Religious Education *Catholic Online School: Offering a FREE world-class Catholic education for anyone, anywhere. Strengthen knowledge and learning with a basic moral Catholic education. Catholic Online School is 100% mobile. Providing teachers, with all the teaching resources needed to teach for FREE. Age-appropriate learning resources for all students. If the student is in public school, they can also have a FREE Catholic education. Bringing FREE personalized Catholic education to all people of the world to help end hunger and poverty. A Proud Member of the NCEA. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtJGEHuKI1mx7sNpXga6DHQ/playlists
- The Religion Teacher: The Religion Teacher's mission is to provide practical resources and teaching strategies for religious educators. As a part of that mission, these educational videos will explain the meaning of key Catholic teachings and prayer practices. Learn more at https://www.thereligionteacher.com/
- Bible for Children Printable art activities, available in multiple languages online resource https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/english/stories.php https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/spanish/stories.php
*Examination of Conscience
Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. USCCB
For Children https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-children-examination-conscience
For Young Adults https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-young-adults-examination-of-conscience
For Single people https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-of-conscience-for-single-people
For Married persons https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/sacrament-reconciliation-married-persons-examination-of-conscience
Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-conscience-in-light-of-catholic-social-teaching
Lourdes Live Stream Spend time before Our Lady and implore her intercession by visiting her at Lourdes! This is also a great resource for your Sunday family rosary! Visit www.directfromlourdes.com/lourdes_live_tv
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico Live Stream https://youtu.be/1dLygE2ZDZQ
Basilica of Our Lady Of Rosary in Fatima Live Stream https://youtu.be/EdiqIgZ1nUk
Dominican Friars: Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Join the Friars for virtual adoration, Stations of the Cross, Liturgy of the Hours, and more! https://www.opwest.org/coronavirus/
Many institutions, museums, and cultural sites are offering free virtual tours.
Virtual Museum Tours Check out these twelve famous museums that offer virtual tours! https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/
Live Symphonies View live symphonies from your home! https://seattlesymphony.org/live
Virtual Field Trips, Screen-free Activities, & More
TEMPORAL NEEDS RESOURCES
Help those who may be experiencing financial burdens during this difficult time.
Catholic Charities https://www.scd.org/catholic-charities-and-social-concerns/catholic-charities
Food Bank https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/
St. Vincent de Paul https://www.svdp-sacramento.org/