The Diocese of Manchester, Youth Ministry, helps young people to know Christ and deepen their faith.
Through prayer, professional development, and youth events we integrate young people into the life, mission, and work of the Catholic community.
We are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and guided by Scripture and Tradition.
Suggested Reading for Lent
Sacred Space for Lent 2018
Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey
Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey Through the Stations of the Cross
The Act of Lent – Preparation, Prayer and Daily Activities for Youth & Young Adults by David Mead
Together In His Footsteps: A Family Lenten Booklet” by Michelle Van Loon
Youth Ministry Activities
Ave Maria Press Engaging Faith blog
Guide youth through one of these Lenten guided reflections and ask them to journal their experience.
Ideas for Fasting:
- Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and spend a few minutes praying for the needs of others.
- Give up something that you enjoy today (like dessert or snacks) and donate $1 to your Operation Rice Bowl box.
- Think about someone you are angry with or who has hurt you. Ask God for the courage to forgive and pray for that person each day. Think about one thing that is good about them.
Ideas for Praying:
- Participate in Ash Wednesday services with your family.
- Participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
- Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.
- Pray for teens and families who are homeless, and think about ways you and your family might help them.
- Read the story of the Last Supper of Jesus in chapter 13 of the Gospel of John, verses 1-15
Ideas for Serving/Almsgiving:
- Together with your family, spend time serving others during Lent. Work at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Visit elderly people who are in nursing homes or are shut-ins.
- Bring food or clothing to the parish or community food pantry, food bank, or homeless shelter
- Go through your closet and find some clothes in good shape to give away to other teens who are in need of clothes.
- Write a letter or create a card for someone who is sick or might be lonely.
- Buy a can of food to give to a food bank or homeless shelter.
Ave Marie Press: Scriptural Way of the Cross for Teens
Saint Mary’s Press: Lenten Nails: A Reflection Exercise for Lent
News & Events
Resources for Building Comprehensive Youth Ministry
St. Mary’s Press
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis
(Partnership with USCCB, NFCYM, NCEA, and NCCL)
Organizations That Provide Support to Youth Ministry