This Lent we have Parish-wide studies, recommendations for kids, a 30-minute spiritual pilgrimage, and more!

Offer a Parish-wide Study this Lent

A Parish-Wide Study is meant to help Catholics build holy habits and become proactive in their own faith formation as individuals and families. By encouraging parishioners to take part in a parish-wide study, you empower the individuals and families to begin building these holy habits and learning their faith on a regular basis on FORMED.

 

Keys to an effective parish-wide study are:

  1. Pastor’s involvement and personal invitation
  2. On-going reminders in the bulletin, announcements, and through personal invitations
  3. Delving into the study in homilies to help the parish learn as one

Learn more about offering Parish-wide studies here.

 

Into His Likeness New Series with Dr. Edward Sri!

Into His Likeness is a six-part video series by Dr. Edward Sri, a renowned Catholic teacher, author, and speaker. This series is about how to grow as a disciple and truly grow into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Into His Likeness is perfect for a parish program, with full-color guides available at 60% off, or individual faith enrichment this Lent.

In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow the rabbi so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up from his rabbi’s feet. Thousands of years later, though we walk on roads of pavement and not dust, we are still called to be disciples—to follow our Rabbi, Jesus Christ, so closely that we are covered with his life, changed, and made new.

 

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession, explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Also available in Spanish.

See how to use Forgiven as a powerful 3-night mission at your parish

Lectio: San Marcos

Looking for a Lenten study for your Spanish-speaking parishioners? We invite you to reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by using the first five episodes of the Augustine Institute original, Lectio: San Marcos, presented by Luis Soto.

To make the most of the Lectio: San Marcos study, purchase full-color study and leader guides, available on Catholic Market.

Tears of Christ, audio meditations for Lent

This Lent, your parishioners can enjoy St. John Henry Newman’s Lenten sermons through audio recordings.

“Jesus wept, not merely from the deep thoughts of his understanding but from spontaneous tenderness, from the goodness and mercy, the encompassing loving-kindness and exuberant affection of the Son of God for his own work, the race of man.”

This precious insight takes us to the heart of the interior life of St. John Henry Newman (1801–1890), from the treasures of which these meditations are offered as a Lenten devotional aid. Drawn chiefly from his sermons and gently modernized, these meditations offer a share in the fruit of his contemplation, that we might better enjoy with him the “one thing which is all in all to us,” which is “to live in Christ’s presence, to hear his voice, to see his countenance.”

 

Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage is a beautiful, 30-minute contemplative documentary that cinematically walks through the locations of the Holy Week story, re-presenting the most important days of human history. Immersed in the real and sacred places of the Holy Land, the pilgrim faithful are brought tangibly nearer to the story, the landscape, and the reality of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Triduum draws Catholics and those with open hearts and minds to experience a deeper understanding of these events and places, and offers rich meditations for the pilgrimage of daily life. Now more than ever, as more people are confined to their homes, to journey along this spiritual pilgrimage is to be drawn more deeply into the life and love of God.

The Art of Living with Dr. Edward Sri – (Coming to FORMED this Lent)

The Lenten practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are intended to convert our hearts as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

This Lent, the Augustine Institute invites your parish to explore and develop the virtues with Dr. Edward Sri in a new video series on his latest book, The Art of Living: The Cardinal Virtues and Freedom to Love.

In The Art of Living, bestselling author Dr. Sri helps readers discover the close connection between growing in the virtues of prudence, fortitude, temperance, and justice and having friendship and community with others.

 

Share your parish’s FORMED Subscription

Lent is a great time to share your parish’s FORMED subscription. Print out these Bookmarks, Postcards or Business Cards and share with parishioners. You can hand them out after Masses, do a ‘reverse collection’ to share them at the end of Mass, mail them out to parishioners or put them as a bookmark in a book give away!

Offer Lenten Daily Reflections with Dr. Tim Gray

This Lent, everyone in your parish can receive a daily email with video reflections from esteemed scripture expert Dr. Tim Gray.

Invite your parishioners to sign up to receive daily emails at daily.formed.org

For Kids

Brother Francis: Let’s learn about Lent

Learn and pray with Brother Francis this Lent. This 4-part series will help children learn more about what Lent is all about and why it is so important.

A new episode will be released each of the first 4 Sundays of Lent.

Plus, join Brother Francis in praying a special Stations of the Cross for children.

Signs of Grace: You are Forgiven

Signs of Grace: You Are Forgiven prepares children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time by revealing that God is indeed “rich in mercy.” However, this is also a great resource for any parent looking to help their child draw closer to the Lord this Lent. The curriculum includes seven sessions. Each presents the good news of salvation offered to us in Jesus Christ, with a focus on helping children understand intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a real encounter with him, and that he desires to forgive and heal us at the deepest levels of our humanity. Short videos to start each session are available on FORMED.

Order student guides at Catholic Market.
Access the video sessions on FORMED.
Learn more about Signs of Grace.

Lent activities for kids and teens

Help your students get the most out of Lent this year with some printable worksheets.

Lenten Journey for Kids

3 Week version
7 Week version

Lenten Journey for Teens

Version 1
Version 2