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.

Eternal Rest: The Art of Dying Well

Eternal Rest examines the origin of death, the afterlife, and the powerful reality around the sacrament that ushers us into eternal life. Eternal Rest presents the Catholic Church’s teaching about death and God’s response to it with wisdom and truth, gentleness and compassion, so we can think about and prepare for death in the light of Jesus Christ, the Author of life.

In addition to watching the film series, visit our leader’s site for practical resources to launch a parish-wide study. Eternal Rest is perfect for a parish program, with full-color guides available at 60% off.

Watch on FORMED

Eternal Rest is also available in Spanish: Descanso Eterno 

The Chosen and Catholic Commentary on The Chosen

This Lent, encourage your parishioners to walk through the dramatic life of Christ with The Chosen, a multi-season video series based on the life of Christ that has been viewed over 400 million times worldwide.

 

To help Catholics critically engage with this hit series, FORMED is excited to share its new series: Catholic Commentary on The ChosenThis series aims to help Catholics actively engage with the immensely popular TV series depicting the life of Christ.

Watch now on FORMED.

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.

Looking for a Lenten movie for your Spanish-speaking parishioners? We invite you to reflect on the life and papacy of Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger). His battles for defending the faith and for transparency within the Church provoked both support and criticism. It was a long Way of the Cross for this great churchman that ended with a master lesson of humility, giving way to his successor.

Los católicos participamos domingo a domingo en la celebración de la Misa; con ello queremos dar culto a Dios y elevar nuestro corazón a las cosas sagradas, pero ¿entendemos lo que hacemos, lo que decimos, todo lo que nos rodea? Descúbrelo en este curso y conoce a fondo la Misa para participar de una manera más plena, consciente y activa en cada Eucaristía.

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.

Books for you to share with everyone in your parish!

Reach everyone in your parish this season by giving them a book to kick off Lent or as a special gift for EasterVisit CatholicMarket to preview and order these books, Spanish books, and Kids’ books today.

Gospel of Matthew, Catholic Standard Version

“There is no doctrine which could be better, more precious, and more splendid than the text of the Gospel.” – St. Caesaria the Younger

Share Christ’s message of hope by helping parishioners personally encounter the Lord in a new way with a copy of the Gospel of Matthew.

 

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?

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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 (Email Template)

Download this Email Template to invite your parishioners to receive a daily email with video reflections from esteemed scripture expert Dr. Tim Gray.

Learn more about Daily Reflections at daily.formed.org

For Kids

Lent with Brother Francis

 Learn and pray with Brother Francis this Lent. With several different seasons available to watch, Brother Francis will help children learn more about what Lent is all about and why it is so important.

Brother Francis Daily Meditations are new episodes released every day.

You can also join Brother Francis in praying a special Stations of the Cross for children.

Download and print this PDF to keep as a reminder throughout Lent.

Daily Meditations are also available in Spanish: La Cuaresma con El Hermano Zerferino

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.” This is a great resource for any parent looking to help their child draw closer to the Lord this Lent. 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