Today is the First Sunday of Lent. The announcement that Jesus makes as he begins his preaching in today’s Gospel was heard on Ash Wednesday at the signing with ashes: “Repent and believe in the gospel.” This is our challenge for Lent; indeed, it is the challenge for all our life. During Lent, we are invited to strengthen and to renew the promises that we made at our Baptism, to reject Satan and sin so as to live as children of God. Through the grace of God that we received at Baptism, we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and know that with Jesus’ help, we will be victorious over sin.

Before Mass...Whether you are going in person on watching online, talk about what changes you might see and hear. As a family talk about what changes you are going to make during Lent. Get your readings, Mass quiz, and coloring sheet ready. Where will you celebrate today?

During Mass...Look and listen. What is different? Use your coloring sheet and Mass quiz to help you pay attention.

The Rest of the Week...As you gather as a family, talk about the importance of Baptism. At our Baptism, our sins were forgiven, and we promised to live as children of God. As part of the Rite of Baptism, we rejected sin and Satan. Read today’s Gospel, Mark 1:12-15. During Lent, we renew the promises of our Baptism, turning again from sin and promising to follow God. Light a candle, perhaps a candle used at one of your family member’s Baptisms, and pray together the Act of Contrition.

  • Extra Credit:
  • - Mass Quiz & Coloring Sheet