The Walking with Jesus This Lent collection of resources offers an engaging week-by-week focus based on the Scripture readings from Year B (but appropriate for every year). Find all four resources, as well as the discount bundle at this link.
Spiritual writers often discuss Lent as a journey with Easter as the destination. Spiritual practices such as Stations of the Cross are also journey-oriented. This resource proposes a Gospel journey through Lent which can be divided into seven meaningful steps that disciples are called to walk with Jesus.
Each step has a distinctive character, but they are all woven together by the thread of the Lenten theme of transformation. All disciples are welcomed to begin wherever they are on Ash Wednesday. The journey does not begin with judgment; rather, it begins with your life exactly as it is at this moment. We are all sinners in need of Gospel transformation. It doesn’t matter what kind of sinner you are; it only matters that you are willing to move from where you are to a place that is closer to God. Then we are called to walk through the seven steps and be transformed into something new by Palm Sunday.
This extended Lenten retreat is a prelude to the central truth of Christianity: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus celebrated in the Triduum that immediately follows Lent. The walk with Jesus during Lent sets us up to celebrate our transformation as we sing glory to God for the transformation that happened to Jesus on the first Easter Sunday.
- Ash Wednesday: The Humble Step (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18)
- First Sunday of Lent: The Deserted Step (Mark 1:12-15)
- Second Sunday of Lent: The Connected Step (Mark 9:2-10)
- Third Sunday of Lent: The Zealous Step (John 2:13-25)
- Fourth Sunday of Lent: The Healing Step (John 3:14-21)
- Fifth Sunday of Lent: The Dying Step (John 12:20-33)
- Palm Sunday: The Victory Step (Mark 11:1-10)
Adult Formation Event Kit
This adult faith session offers an opportunity to enter Lent in a personal way. Participants can experience Lent as a time to picture themselves on a retreat with Jesus. It reminds them that Lent is a time to join Christ in the desert in preparation for the mystery of his death and resurrection at Easter. Hopefully, these materials can help participants be formed as disciples in a similar way to Jesus forming the apostles in the time leading up to Holy Week. This session invites adults to ponder the rich Scriptural images that are associated with the Lenten season. Can be used for an in-person or virtual event.
- General Walking with Jesus This Lent facilitator background (11 pages)
- Leader Guide, with handouts and resource sheets (20 pages)
- Simple Powerpoint presentation to guide through the steps.
- Send-home family activities (1 page each)
- Websites for Further Learning
- Lenten Games
- Learning through Movies
- Table Prayers
- Logo for advertising/promotion
- Sending Faith Home: A Guide for Hosting Virtual Events
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The Pastoral Center / Center for Ministry Development
Dr. Kathie Amidei has served for many years as Pastoral Associate at St. Anthony on the Lake Parish in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Before that she was the associate director for Catechesis and Child Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served in a number of parishes as primary teacher and director of religious education. She holds a B.S. in Education, an M.A. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Education and Leadership. A national speaker and writer, she offers many presentations and workshops for catechists and catechetical leaders in parishes and dioceses.
Kathie is a wife, mom, and grandmother. She lives with her husband, Jim, in Nashotah, WI. She enjoys being with her family, exploring how people learn, and encouraging growth in faith. Her passion is to help families engage in their journey of faith in meaningful and practical ways and to infuse parish catechetical ministry with effective and relevant programming.
She has written or contributed to:
- Forming Families: a Faith Resource on Catholic Identity (OSV, 2019)
- From Generation to Generation: A Case Study on Factors in Faith Community Impacting Faith Development, (Doctoral Dissertation, 2012)
- Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating and Serving Faithfully (Lifelong Faith Associates, 2013)
- The Journey: A Guide for Persons, Partners, and Parents (R&R Communications, 2013)