Who will you grow with, this Lent?
A beautiful Lent resource for parish groups, exploring Elijah’s journey into the desert and meeting with God: https://www.shorelineconversations.com/home-2/themes/#a-journey-to-god
Opening the Scriptures: Setting our hearts on fire – a set of parish resources specially written for the Year of the Word https://ctbi.org.uk/lent
Outreach to families: fantastic Messy Church sessions with all you need to pick up and run: https://ideas.brf.org.uk/messy-church-in-lent
Stations of the Cross
In the Year of the Word, why not use the Scriptural Stations developed by Saint Pope John Paul II http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/stations-of-the-cross/scriptural-stations-of-the-cross.cfm
Modern video stations with reflections from Busted Halo https://bustedhalo.com/video/virtual-stations-of-the-cross
Stations of the Cross – a journey through art https://imaginemdei.blogspot.com/2016/03/stations-of-cross-first-station-jesus.html
Someone who changes your perspective?
Pope Francis’ messages for Lent: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent.html
Fr Mike Schmidt of Ascension Press on preparing for Lent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qDG51cl9gY
A patient Lent – a new approach: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/a-patient-lent/
A beautiful and thought-provoking reflection on Jesus in the desert. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bfxGNMY9c&app=desktop, and buy the video here https://proost.co.uk/downloads/40-movie-by-is-smith
Daily video reflections https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever
Daily reflections from Bishop Robert Baron http://www.lentreflections.com
Those who need a hand?
40 Acts – a practical way of living Lent. Can be done by parishes or individuals: https://40acts.org.uk
Practical activities for every day in Lent: http://www.janetschaeffler.com/40_Lenten_Ideas.pdf
CAFOD’s Lent calendar with prayers, reflections and actions: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-Calendar
Join your local SVP (https://www.svp.org.uk), or find out what other practical groups your parish has. You might be surprised to find out what’s going on!
A silent retreat at Turvey Abbey 13-15th March https://www.turveyabbey.org.uk/retreats.html
Day and evening courses at the Jesuit Centre in London https://www.pathwaystogod.org/sites/default/files/files/MSJC%20Calendar%202017-18.pdf
For young adults aged 18-25, an Easter retreat at Worth Abbey https://joelsbar.co.uk/home
An online daily retreat from the Jesuits: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/lent-retreat-2020
Children and families?
Lovely family activities for Lent: https://www.jugglingfamilylife.com/18-great-ideas-celebrating-lent-family/
Create a Lenten prayer space in your home https://www.buildfaith.org/creating-lenten-prayer-space-home/
Printable stations of the cross for children http://www.catholicicing.com/printable-stations-of-cross-for/
Children’s resources from Missio https://missiontogether.org.uk/lent/
Printable Lenten calendars http://www.catholicicing.com/printable-lenten-calendar-for-kids/
Resurrection Eggs – a wonderful way of exploring the Easter story with children http://lifeyourway.net/diy-ressurection-eggs-easter-story-book-printables/
Or alone with God
Get started with reading the Bible in this Year of the Word: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/word-on-the-go/
Try the examen and find God’s presence in your life every day: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/
Daily readings for Lent http://usccb.org/bible/readings/012720.cfm
Daily prayer podcasts reflecting on the readings https://pray-as-you-go.org
In these links we have included a range of resources from within the Catholic Church, and some outstanding examples from other denominations and organisations.