HolyWeek@Home Experience Family Activities & Prayer during the Coronavirus Shutdown

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HolyWeek@Home Experience
Family Activities & Prayer during the Coronavirus Shutdown

Individual families can use this resource for free. Just visit http://holyweek.pastoral.center.

Parishes, schools, and dioceses, please add to your cart and check out (no payment needed).

Help your families deepen their faith as they build the domestic church.

HolyWeek@Home is a free online resource to help families with children pray and learn together at home while we are unable to gather in our parishes and schools. It incorporates our Worship@Home services and much more.

We are offering this online resource for free, but we have some requests. We ask you to please follow these steps:

  1. Spend some time reviewing this site at http://holyweek.pastoral.center and understanding what you can share with your families. Just click on the buttons for the different days at the top of the page. If you have any questions about the worship services, please read the leader page on our Worship@Home site.
  2. Please register for free if you wish to share this resource with your people. Simply add this product to your cart and checkout. When adding it to your chart, you have the opportunity to make a free will offering. We ask that you prayerfully consider the value of this resource to your community at that time. There is no obligation to donate, but any amount helps us sustain our ministry.
  3. Get the word out to your people. Be sure to send them to the top of this website: http://holyweek.pastoral.center. It is VERY important for you to persuade your families with a personal note, if possible. The best ways to get the word out are through email or social media like Facebook. It's a great idea to post on your parish website, but don't assume many people will be looking there. Consider even mailing out postcards or letters through the postal mail. We encourage you to freely use the banner image further below on this page.
  4. Help us spread the word to other leaders. Tell those you work with, your diocesan leaders, and those you know from other parishes or skills. We don't have much time before Holy Week begins, and we want to welcome as many families into this experience as we can!

Thank you for letting us serve you from our Pastoral Center online through our Growing Up Catholic ministry. It's an honor to work with pastoral ministers like you!

— Paul, Ann, and the Pastoral Center team

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a one-year license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to distribute by email, website, or social media sites or websites. You are also allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

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The Pastoral Center
Written by Paul Canavese and Ann Naffziger


Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (PastoralCenter.com), author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs GrowingUpCatholic.com (focused on coaching parents) and GospelLiving.org ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.

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Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley.  Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for AmericaBustedHalo.comCommonwealThe National Catholic ReporterSpiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach.

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  • 5
    Holy week at home

    Posted by Rachel McKay on Apr 18th 2020

    excellent resource - best available at this time

  • 4
    Holy Week @ Home Experience

    Posted by Mylene Taylor on Apr 16th 2020

    Great guide for all ages :)

  • 5
    Holy Week @ Home Experience

    Posted by Melanie Bailey on Apr 9th 2020

    These resources are amazing! There are so many options out there, and I really wanted to send my Faith Formation families the best for Holy Week. This is it! My own family has been doing a few and recording them to encourage others to try them, and we are having so much fun. Thank you, Paul & Ann!

  • 5
    Palm Sunday crafts

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 9th 2020

    It was very creative and informative, Thank you for the option to do our own liturgy of the word. God bless.

  • 5
    Holy Week @Home Experience

    Posted by Diane Lemay on Apr 8th 2020

    Our Pastoral team really liked this product and we have sent it out to all of our families (200) in our faith Education Program.

  • 5
    Holy Week @ Home

    Posted by Bonnie Barker on Apr 8th 2020

    Wonderful ideas. Loved the prayer services for families to do at home - this may be a time for them to really listen to and participate in the readings. I always wonder if they hear them at Mass. The activities are something that the children need right now. The extra lessons on saints and recipes were a great addition for families to learn more together. My hope is that many families will come out of this with a greater appreciation for their faith and become more involved.

  • 5
    Holy Week @ Home Experience

    Posted by Kim on Apr 7th 2020

    I really appreciated the opportunity to share this with our faith formation families during this time of Stay at Home in Minnesota. A great variety of activities to pick and choose from.

  • 4
    Holy Week @ Home Experience

    Posted by Dawn Burdick on Apr 7th 2020

    This resource was a life saver, giving many different options for families to celebrate this most unique Holy Week. It was intentionally created, understanding the current situation. I so appreciate the effort.

  • 5
    Holy Week@Home

    Posted by Therese Caruso on Apr 6th 2020

    You have done a wonderful job in quickly putting together this wealth of resources! What's more, you created it in an easy and attractive format that will allow families to pray through Holy Week. This is a great example of honoring the role of parents in the Domestic Church as the first and best teachers of the faith for their children. Many thanks!