Lenten Calendar & Family Lenten Program

JOYfilledfamily Lenten Calendar 2011 16x20
My Lenten Calendar Inspiration – Shower of Roses
This year’s Lenten calendar has slightly changed from last year.  It is a combination of the traditional and new liturgical calendars.
I print my calendar at Costco Photo in 16x20 ($5.99) for the family down stairs and 8x10 ($1.49) for bedrooms upstairs.
Here is the link to the PDF version of my 2011 Lenten Calendar.  I’d be more than happy to share the digital file with anyone who is interested. 
Email me your request - JOYfilledfamily{at}gmail{dot}com.
**UPDATE** I’m happy to share this Lenten Calendar for your personal use.  I will gladly send out the 2011 Lenten Calendar - JPEG file at any time in the Lenten Season.  Please do not hesitate to ask.  It’s never too late!
Not much has changed in our Lenten program this year.  As always, we look to simplify.  We use free resources or resources we already have on hand.
Family Goals For Lent:*
  • Grow in CHARITY
    • Be Charitable.Be Useful. Be Gentle. Be Joyful. Forget about self. ALL FOR!
  • Increase prayer life and grow in devotion to Our Blessed Mother
  • Learn more about the lives of the saints
  • Reclaim our family Adoration time
  • Clean physical house by simplifying and purging
  • Clean spiritual house by almsgiving, works of mercy, and spiritual readings  
*these are in addition to our personal Lenten programs
Lenten Activities: listed on the calendar
  • Lent for Children: A Thought a Day (daily)
  • Update the bean jar for sacrifices/almsgiving (daily)
  • Review personal Lenten program chart (daily)
  • Pick Cleaning item out of jar & perform assigned task from the Lenten Cleaning Calendar (Mon.-Sat.)
  • Adoration (Thursday)
  • Stations of the Cross (Friday)
  • Select family almsgiving activity for the week (Sun.)
in addition to the children's collection for the Bishop G’s Maternity Home and simplifying our home by donating new and old items to the homeless shelters.
  • visit the elderly/sick in the rest home
  • pray at the abortion clinic
  • provide service to the pregnancy resource center
  • cook meal for Father
  • cook meal or invite family to home for meal
  • invite someone to Mass
  • provide additional service to Parish
Daily Prayer Intention:
  • Mon - End to Abortion
  • Tue - Conversion of Family
  • Wed - Godparents & Godchildren
  • Thur - Pope Benedict XVI & Priests
  • Fri - Souls in Purgatory
  • Sat - Vocations
  • Sun - Poor, homeless, and those in great need
Lenten Resources:

teens & adults
Now it is only right that, before we arrive at that glory of impassibility and immortality which began in Christ, and which was acquired for us through Christ, we should be shaped after the pattern of Christ’s sufferings.  It is then only right that Christ’s liability to suffer should remain in us too for a time, as a means of our coming to the impassibility of glory in the way He himself came to it. ~Meditations For Lent – St. Thomas Aquinas,  (1-2 85 5 ad 2.)

Prayers for a blessed and fruitful Lenten Season.
Pax Christi,


  1. Nice calendar!
    Hey...would you mind linking up to my first-ever linky...for Lent at Equipping Catholic Families...just in case there is anyone looking last minute? Thanks!

  2. more lenten ideas can be found here... http://equippingcatholicfamilies.blogspot.com/

  3. ...more lenten ideas...http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/2011/02/lenten-ideas-for-kids-and-linky.html

  4. GREAT calendar! Just printed one out to use in our family room. I needed something for my husand and I to keep track for us, I love our childrens' calendar but this is perfect for a family to use.

    I did want to say I tried printing the pdf file at both SAMS and Costco but because it's a pdf it wouldn't let me. The same went for Meijers, Target and Walgreens. *sigh* I ended up printing it oversized at Fedex just because I was soooo fustrated at least it's cheap but not on posterboard. Not a big deal, maybe I'll figure out how to convert it to a jpeg or img file :D

  5. i'm sorry that you had trouble printing the pdf calendar. i'm happy to email the jpeg file to anyone who would like to print a copy for their personal use.

  6. Wow! I'm so glad I found your blog! What an inspiration and filled with amazing ideas! Would you be willing to share your digital file of your calendar with me? If so, my email address is danielleholtzman@cox.net. My kids are a little young for some of the activities, but I'm sure I could adapt it as needed for younger children. You are very creative!
    Thanks so much and God Bless!

  7. danielle - i'm happy to share. i emailed you the jpeg file. let me know if you need any help getting it printed.

    ALL FOR!

    pax Christi - lena

  8. No big deal :) I have the calendar now, and not only does it have EVERYTHING I could ever dream of on a Lenten calendar...it's beautiful! Oh my. I wish you would design a calendar for the full year ;P



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