Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

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Need something to do for lent?

How about these FREE activities. Some are from the best Catholic Universities and Colleges, others are for you and your family. Enjoy

1. Lenten Journey with Jesus: A Virtual Tour of the Geography of Jesus
(March 5 – April 17, 2014)

Absolutely free course offered by Holy Apostles College and Seminary, one of two Recommended Online Catholic Colleges from the Cardinal Newman Society. From the website:

Over the Lenten season, we will follow Jesus from his humble birth and youth in Bethlehem through his ministry in the Galilee and then to Jerusalem for his death and resurrection. This self-paced course will also consider the religious, cultural, social and political background of Jesus and the early Christians.

Students will move through each of the modules with the support of the learning community. No instructor facilitation will occur during this course.  The course is developed by William C. Mills who specializes in scripture, spirituality, and ministry and holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology.

See for the syllabus and easy two minute sign up.

2. Daily Lenten Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron with Word on Fire

Daily reflections from the great Fr. Barron. From the WoF website:

Each day, from Ash Wednesday (March 5) until Easter Sunday (April 20), Fr. Barron will send you a short reflection, straight to your inbox. In addition, you’ll receive exclusive videos not found anywhere else, special discount codes for new products, and giveaways throughout Lent including DVDs, CDs, signed books, and more. The best part is that it’s all FREE!

Go here for a super easy sign up.

3. Joe Paprocki’s “40 Ideas for 40 Days”

Joe Paprocki from Loyola Press presents a list of Lenten activities for each day of the season. The ideas are practical and fun but most of all they offer daily reflection on self-denial. Ideas like a salt dough crown of thorns, a group fast, scripture searches with the Rosary, Paschal Candles, and much more. There are no two similar day’s activities and it is sure to benefit your 2014 Lent experience.

Visit here to learn more.

And here to sign up.

4. Creighton University’s “Praying Lent”

Creighton University, a premier Jesuit university located in Omaha, NE is offering an online group for reading and praying through the Lenten season. The link below from the University contains oodles of resources for Lent: videos, tracts on popular Lent topics, related books, audio retreats, daily prayers, and much more.

Learn more and sign up here.

5. For the Little Ones and the Family

Catholic Moms has assembled a fine list of fun and educational activities for you and your children to work through together. Ideas are perfect for the family: resurrection eggs, palm crosses, puppet shows, and other great activities. Go here for more.

Catholic Icing has done a similar thing, listing fun stuff for Lenten kids. Visit

USCCB Lent Resources “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up!”

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Shaun McAfee

Shaun McAfee

Shaun McAfee is a veteran of the Air Force and current civilian in the Army Corps of Engineers as a Contract Specialist. He blogs at Currently he is pursuing a Masters in Dogmatic Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he also serves as the Social Media Director. He also works for Patrick Madrid's Envoy Institute as the Social Media Administrator. A convert to Catholicism, he loves learning, explaining, sharing, and defending the faith. He is married and has two boys named Gabriel and Tristan. They live in Omaha, NE.

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