Every resource you need to implement A Lent to Remember as a Parish-Wide Study
This Lent, run a parish-wide study that will help your entire community encounter Christ’s mercy in the Sacrament of Confession.
A Lent to Remember is a four-week, video-based study that uses Augustine Institute original productions Forgiven and Symbolon to present the power of God’s love and mercy in his Paschal Mystery and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Week One: Forgiven: Where Are You?
Week Two: Forgiven: An Encounter with Mercy
Week Three: Forgiven: Embraced in Mercy: The Rite Explained
Week Four: Symbolon: The Paschal Mystery
Bonus Episode: For Children: How to Make a Good Confession
1. Spread the Word about the study with free, printable resources
Begin preparing your implementation of this parish-wide study by readying printable resources to help spread the word in your community! Pass the collection baskets around the pews a second time, this time filled with A Lent to Remember business cards for parishioners to take home, or pass out flyers in the narthex.
Note: These promotional resources include a space to enter your Custom Registration URL. This custom FORMED website address is the simplest way for your parishioners to create their free FORMED accounts in order to participate in the study. If you have not yet created your Custom Registration URL, learn how by watching a tutorial here.
Prior to the start of the study, pique your parishioners’ interest with a pulpit pitch announcing the study, a parish article in your bulletin, and by showing the Forgiven trailer after Mass:
2. Provide study guides for those participating
Purchase the Forgiven Participant Guides at the discounted parish rate to help your parishioners go deeper each week (Weeks 1-3 of A Lent to Remember use the Forgiven study) or download each session’s guide from FORMED and print in-house.
Why might I purchase physical copy guides?
Study Guides remain, and will always remain, free for download with your parish FORMED subscription. However, in an effort to make it even easier for your parish to utilize these fantastic materials, we offer extremely attractive prices on printed, full color Participant Study Guides for Augustine Institute Studio programs for all FORMED parishes. The prices are so attractive that most parishes will find that they can get a full color Participant Guide for about the same price as printing/copying in house without the hassle or labor involved.
3. Go Through the Study
In a parish-wide study, small-groups, individuals, and families are free to go through the study how they want. Some bible studies or small-groups may choose to meet in the home or at the parish, families may watch a weekly episode after dinner, or the parish might host everyone for a fish fry and weekly episode. Keep your parishioners engaged throughout the length of the study and grow as one family under God by incorporating the theme of each episode at Mass every Sunday. Ask Father to preach on that week’s episode in his homily, and include reminders in your bulletin:
4. Conclude A Lent to Remember with a celebration for the whole parish!
Easter weekend or another time that works best for your parish after the conclusion of the study, invite your parish family to a celebration where individuals have the opportunity to meet new people, share their experience of the study, and encounter God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Want more direction? Watch this in-depth webinar on running A Lent to Remember as a parish-wide study!
One of our FORMED Implementation Specialists will walk you through the A Lent to Remember program, promotional materials, and utilizing custom content and FORMED community for a parish-wide study. Hear best practices, strategies from the field, and how to best prepare your community for an encounter with Christ this Lent.