[Seasons by Step series] God's Family Tree (eResource): Lent & Holy Week Catechesis Lent & Holy Week Catechesis

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Lent & Holy Week Catechesis

A week-by-week thematic approach to teaching the Story of Salvation during Lent

Use this creative approach to bring your Lent and Holy Week catechesis alive for children and their families, including an optional Easter pageant.  This resource communicates the message of Lent and Easter by using the varied trees found in the Old Testament and the New Testament as a focal point for telling the stories of God's people as they struggle to find faith and hope for life.

Beginning with the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" and the arrival of sin through Adam and Eve, the series traces the sequence of God's plan for our redemption to "Calvary's Tree" and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each week the story unfolds as a different tree is featured and a new symbol makes the Biblical characters and lessons memorable and meaningful. Through their participation, people of all ages will experience the message of salvation and trace God's action in human history directly to their own branch of the "family tree."

Themes and Scripture passages for Ash Wednesday, the six weeks of Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday include:

  • Ash Wednesday - Choices - Genesis 3:16
  • First Sunday - Covenant - Genesis 6:14
  • Second Sunday - Commandments - Exodus 25:10
  • Third Sunday - Connection - Isaiah 11:1
  • Fourth Sunday - Challenge - Amos 7:14
  • Fifth Sunday - Compassion - Luke 2
  • Palm Sunday - Contrasts - John 12:13
  • Holy Thursday - Contentment - Matthew 26:30
  • Good Friday - Convictions - Matthew 27:29
  • Easter Sunday - Celebration - Matthew 28:5-6

The content for these sessions includes:

  • Worship (including Children's message)
  • Nurture (at-home family learning, activities, and prayer)
  • Education (creative classroom activities and Easter Pageant)
  • Enhancements (reproducible designs for banners, posters, etc.)

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: LR116
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 114 pages
The Pastoral Center / LeaderResources
Written by Anna L. Liechty and Phyllis Vos Wezeman


As a religious educator, Phyllis Wezeman has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana, and Program Coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Honorary Professor of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she taught methods courses. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in nearly 200 villages in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 1,950 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a youth exchange program to Russia and the Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilly Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Alumni Awards and recipient of the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association.

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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