The Linked Parishes of  Pope John XXIII  &  Christ The King

2020-21 Faith Formation Program

Middle Grades

Session 6 - Lent & Easter

Lent is a season

when we renew

our faith. 


Just as Jesus went into the desert and fasted for 40 days to prepare for His mission, we prepare ourselves to live more faithfully

To help us get into the meaning of the season, there are 3 main aspects we focus on during Lent. 

We call them the PILLARS of lent.


While we often think of prayer primarily as asking God for something, prayer, properly understood, is a conversation with God.


We cannot hold a conversation with another person unless they can hear us.   By praying we recognize that God is here with us.  Talking with friends makes them closer to us.  Talking (praying) to God draws us closer to Him.


That is why the Church recommends that we pray frequently and make prayer an important part of our daily lives.

1. Prayer

2. Fasting

Have you ever heard people ask, 

"What did you give up for Lent?"


Fasting is the practice of giving up something we enjoy in order to turn away from sin and draw closer to God.  (for example - eating candy or watching television)

There are several good reasons

for fasting during Lent:

  • Make Room for God

  • Strengthening our will

  • Preparation for our renewal mission

  • To remember Christ's fasting before his mission

Charitable giving has been around for a very long time; it is a very ancient practice.


The Lenten call to giving means making the needs of other people our own.


Sharing our goods is often just the beginning of real Christian giving. We are also called to share our time tending to people in need.

3. Giving

A "reflection" is serious thought or consideration.

Christians often practice Spiritual Reflection by thinking, pondering, or "reflecting" on bible teachings or events.

Watch this video and reflect on what Jesus might have gone through and why.


All during Lent we have been getting ready to celebrate Easter, the holiest day of the year. 


The week leading up to Easter is called HOLY WEEK. 


During this time we remember the events that led to Jesus' dying on the cross for us.

Holy week 4.jpg

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.


Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem.


In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage.


This was a customary practice for people of great respect. Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.

A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.


Luscious Palm Leaves



The word TRIDUUM Means 3 days.

They are: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday



The evening Mass on Holy Thursday begins the Sacred Triduum. On this night we remember the Last Supper.  We remember how Jesus showed His love for his friends by washing their feet.  We remember Jesus' gift of Himself  in the Eucharist.



Good Friday is a sad remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and death on the cross. It is a day of fasting and a time to examine all of the times in our lives where we did not follow Christ - when we were not the best versions of ourselves

Good Friday is the only day of the year that we do not not celebrate with a Mass.  Holy Communion that is distributed at Good Friday services has been consecrated on Holy Thursday and kept in the tabernacle




Holy Saturday is the period of Holy Week when Catholics remember Jesus' entombment. It is a preparation day of quiet and prayerful reflection on the true meaning of the crucifixion and Jesus' sacrifice.


Throughout the world our Churches are empty of the Blessed Sacrament and quiet in anticipation of Easter's triumph over darkness and evil, sin and death.