Tag Archives: lent

What’s more Catholic than fish dinners?

21 Mar

Did you know the fish is an ancient Christian symbol? The word for fish in Greek is ichtus, pronounced ick-toose. The word fish in Greek letters look like:

The first Christians, who were sometimes persecuted for their faith in Jesus, made an acrostic out of this word. In an acrostic, each letter is the first letter of a word.

I        Jesus
CH     Christ
TH     God’s (the Greek word is Theos)
U       Son
S       Savior

When Christians wanted to show someone else they followed Jesus, they might draw a fish symbol on paper or on the ground. The fish meant the person drawing it believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior.

So patronize your local fish dinner this Friday. Bring a neighbor or carry fish back to a shut-in person. Do it in the name of Jesus.

Feed Your Spirit This Week

Choose an activity each day to keep Lent alive.

PLANT
• Work in your yard.  Meet and visit with neighbors.
• Plant a tomato in a large pot. Put it in a sunny spot and wait for your first BLT.

SIMPLIFY
• Organize a storage area.
• Turn off the TV for the whole evening.

PRAY
• Thank God for spring. Make a litany of life, using each letter of the alphabet.
• Pray for Pope Francis and the future of the Church.

READ
• The gospels for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent are all on forgiveness and second chances. Read them at goodgroundpress.com.
• Read a Gospel Reflection for March 24.

FAMILY and FRIENDS
• Tell a family member five lovable things about him or her.
• Let go of a grudge you have held on to long enough.

PARTICIPATE
• Go to a fish dinner.
• Contribute to a food shelf at church or in your neighborhood.

Ash Wednesday

6 Mar

Photo via Flickr user Lawrence OP

“So let us be marked not for sorrow.
And let us be marked not for shame.
Let us be marked not for false humility

or for thinking we are less than we are
but for claiming what God can do
within the dust, within the dirt,
within the stuff of which the world is made,

and the stars that blaze in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral inside the smudge we bear.”

Jan Richardson from Blessing the Dust

Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

1 Mar

Ash Wednesday is next week, March 6. We have prepared an Ash Wednesday prayer service for those of you who cannot make it to church or who would like to celebrate with the homebound or those in nursing homes.

If you have a little bit of palm from last Palm Sunday, burn it to make the ashes. Or write down a way you wish to grow during Lent and then burn that paper to create ashes.

Visit goodgroundpress.com for more resources to make Lent a blessed time for yourself and for those you love and serve.

Ash Wednesday is a week away.

26 Feb

During the 40 days of Lent, you can create a resurrection cross. Simply download and print the cross on this page. It comes with 40-plus activity suggestions that will ready you for the great feast of Easter.

The cross is an ideal family project. Forward this post to your friends with our blessing. May this Lent be a time of grace to you.

Click here for other Lenten activities and resources.

Check out our Confirmation programs!

12 Feb

Take a look at our Confirmation programs at no cost!

Our programs are popular with both Confirmation Directors and Catholic teens because they are —

• In easy-to-use magazine form
• Written to appeal to young people
• Affordable
• Perfect for at-home use

We will send you an evaluation pack of either our Senior High program (Moving in the Spirit) or Junior High program (Giver of Life) for only $20.95. The evaluation pack includes:

• Six candidate sessions
• Leader Manual
• Candidate Journal
• Sponsor/Mentor Handbook in both English & Spanish

We will bill you only if you decide to keep the pack. The shipping is free.

Please call 800-232-5533 to place your order, or order online at goodgroundpress.com. We hope to hear from you.


It is not too late to order the SPIRIT Online Lent/Easter issues. Your Confirmation class will be invigorated by this story/Gospel approach to this holy season. Only $2.00 per student. Ideal for home use. Click here to read sample issues.

Cycle A Gospels for Lent

31 Jan

Is your parish is proclaiming the Cycle A Gospels at Eucharist for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent? The Sunday by Sunday issues around these three Gospels from John are available at goodgroundpress.com. You may download them and print as many as you need.

Check out our other Lent resources for you, your family, and your parish!

Special Lent Offer!

10 Jan

Lent is looming. Ash Wednesday is March 6 this year. Spending time with the Gospel is a great way to keep Lent. Sunday by Sunday makes Gospel-centered faith sharing easy.

 The Sunday Gospels during Lent ask each of us —

  What transforms you? Gives you life?
  What have you done with a second chance?
  Is it the prodigal son who is lost or his older
 brother?
  Which stones should you stop throwing?



Click here to read some of the Sunday by Sunday issues for Lent. Then imagine every adult in your parish reading them, too.

Our Lent/Easter unit of eight issues is only $2.00 per unit when you order 100 units or more. Call us today at 800-232-5533 to reserve your copies of Sunday by Sunday at only $2.00 per person. We look forward to hearing from you.

Visit goodgroundpress.com to see our other Lent resources!

Jesus and Evolution

13 Mar

This is the last of our Lenten video series, a look at creation and our place in it. Jesus, true man as well as true God, takes his place with us in the unfolding of life and of our ability to know and love God.

 

An Attitude of Gratitude

5 Mar

Tulips are peeking through the snow. Bushes are budding. Spring is on its way. We are on the road to Easter both in 2018 and in our own life’s journey. What’s not to be thankful for?

If you need a mid-lent pick-me-up, go to our online retreats and “Why Not Soar?

Faith is Believing and Beloving

27 Feb

We all wrestle with faith. Do we have enough? Are we losing it? Sister Joan gives you some solid ground to stand on in this short video. Blessings on this second week of Lent.

Go to goodgroundpress.com for daily prayers and our online retreats.

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