**Your Guide to a Catholic Lent - OSV
This article from Our Sunday Visitor offers some great ideas and resources in which we can make the most of our celebration of the Lenten season. It includes some simple explanations of Lenten concepts, suggestions for prayer and reflection, and many other Lenten resources.
**How to Make a Good Confession - OSV
During the season of Lent, we are especially called and invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Through this powerful sacrament, we prepare our hearts for Christ by receiving forgiveness of our sins and being strengthened by His love, mercy, and peace. This article from OSV guides us on how we can make a good confession now and always.
**Lent - (USCCB)
This article from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a special message to reflect on during Lent. On the right side of the linked page, you can additional great resources and articles for Lent.
*Lent Q & A (USCCB)
This article from the USCCB offers some answers to commonly asked questions regarding Catholic practices and regulations that we are asked to observe during Lent.
Making the Most of Lent (OSV)
During Lent, we are invited to make changes to ourselves in order to unite more closely with Christ. This article from OSV offers some things we can do, in addition to the above, that can help the entire family get more from the Lenten season.
Fasting and Abstinence (OSV)
During Lent, two of the sacrifices we make is fasting and abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting, and all Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat. This article from OSV offers some background information on these Lenten practices.
LENTEN RESOURCES AND LINKS
**Lenten Calendar (Loyola Press)
This Lenten Calendar from Loyola Press offers an activity of prayer, fasting, or almsgiving for each day of Lent that can be done together as a family.
**Stations of the Cross Prayer Card (Sadlier)
Pray the Stations of the Cross with your families using this prayer card from Sadlier. Follow in Christ's footsteps with this handout that contains background and reflections for each station.
**Lent and Easter: EWTN
The EWTN Lent and Easter page contains many different resources to help us get the most of the Lenten season and Holy Week. Their site includes daily reflections for each day in the Lenten season
**Lent Calendar (USCCB)
Download this calendar from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops containing daily spiritual suggestions and words of wisdom from Pope Francis and the saints.
*Lenten Family Guide (OSV)
Taken from the Our Sunday Visitor article, "Your Guide to a Catholic Lent," this Lenten Family Guide download offers some great activities and resources you can use with your families to help everyone celebrate the Lenten season.
*The KISS Principle for Lent (OSV)
This download from OSV provides a useful acronym we can use in our Lenten celebrations: Keep It Simple, Sinner. If offers some simple things we can do by using the 1-1-1 plan.
A Guide to Holy Week (OSV)
This download from OSV provides some suggestions and things we can do in preparing to celebrate Holy Week and the Easter Triduum: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ.