The Catholic Lenten season begins each year with the Imposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday, which in the 2016 calendar will kick off very early on February 10. Lent starts a 40 day journey of fasting, corporal spiritual acts of mercy, spiritual pilgrimage and prayer. A Catholic tries to live, in a humble human way, in solidarity with the Lord Jesus, as he fasted in the desert for 40 days and made his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A Roman cross, torture and crucifixion awaited Him. But so did the glory of Easter, the Resurrection. Lent is a season for intense and deep personal and spiritual reflection.
Here are several well-researched websites in line with the Magisterium (the teachings of the Holy Roman Church), the Holy See (seat of Peter) and the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church catechism. They offer free printable Lenten worksheets and Bible lesson plans. Most all these Catholic materials have the Nil Obstat and Imprimatur. These seals of approval from the bishops and the Church say the material does not deviate in any way from Catholic doctrine.
Catholic Mom offers free printable Catholic Lenten worksheets, coloring pages, activities, word searches, crossword puzzles and lesson plans based upon the daily mass readings from the St. Joseph’s daily missal. You may print any of these free and use with students or children. These are wonderful for home-schooling, Bible study and teaching CCD. The license to print is a very special gift and ministry to other families and teachers. You will find archived materials from Cycle A, B and C.
St. Charles Borromeo was a Spanish saint known to Catholics for his great teaching ability. This site of which he is the patron saint, offers a complete free printable Catholic Bible study worksheets with reflections and further Bible connections. Readings for each of the three church liturgical cycles are available. The vestment color for the day is noted and a church liturgical calendar is given. All of the materials are available to print free in Adobe Acrobat or pdf format. Use these as a basis for reading, spelling, grammar lessons as well as religious instruction.
This is a link to free printable Catholic lesson plans and worksheets. This is a huge clearinghouse with materials for all Church subjects. Look for free printable Lenten activities, info on the Paschal Candle, Holy Week, Stations of the Cross, Ash Wednesday, fasting, penance, daily readings, act of contrition, examination of conscience and more. You will find free printable Bible and Catholic crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, lessons, cross-word puzzles, fill in the blank, clip art, coloring pages, recipes, prayers, novenas, music and loads of links to other Lenten sites. May your spiritual journey of Lent be one of awareness, reflection and immersion in the great love Our Lord shows for us in His Passion.