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The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources

The 2019 Handy Dandy List to Lenten Resources

Can you believe Lent is almost here? What better way to enter into this penitential season than to comb through our newest list of Lenten resources – along with taking a peek at our previous lists dating back to 2013? I don’t know if you’ll find a more thorough set of lists to prepare you to walk with Christ this Lent. At the end of the post you’ll find links to our previous years’ posts. So, let’s get to it, shall we? 



A 2019 complete Liturgical Catholic planner

PDF downloadable and printable from your home – print only what you need

2019 Lenten Tracker // FREE

Lenten Tracker 2019


So simple – download, print, and use to track your Lenten sacrifices with this FREE printable

courtesy of Catholic Sistas foundress Martina Kreitzer


Father Mike

Where is Lent in the Bible? 

Why Fast on Ash Wednesday?


Praying through Holy Week



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Stations of the Cross


What’s the Deal with Ashes on Ash Wednesday?

My Beloved Son – Meditations for Lent

by Bishop Barron

The Passion of Christ: In Light of the Holy Shroud of Turin

by Fr. Francis Peffley

(fun fact – Father Peffley baptized our oldest son and many Kreitzer grandchildren) 🙂 

The Fourth Cup

by Dr. Scott Hahn



from Catholic Blogger

12 Apostles 

by Sara J Creations

Lent in Our Catholic Home 

by Elizabeth Clare

An Illustrated Lent

 by Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Saints for Boys & Girls

by Tan Books

57 Lenten Crafts

by Felt Magnet Crafts

Lenten Activities for Children

by Laci of Catholic Icing

Stations of the Cross for Children

by Julianne M. Will


// PRAYER //

A Year with the Eucharist: Daily Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament

by Paul Jerome Keller, OP

Magnificat Lenten Companion

by Ignatius Press

Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Holy Habits for Daily Living

by Jeannie and Ben Ewing

Mass and Adoration Companion

by Vinny Flynn and Erin Flynn

A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Manual for Eucharistic Adoration

by Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, St. Joseph

Cultivating Virtue: Self Mastery with the Saints

by Tan Books

Lent and Holy Week with Mary

by Dr. Mary Amore


The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources1

Lenten Journal – The Paschal Mystery of Christ

by the Dominican Sisters of Mary

The 2019 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Resources1

To Hear His Voice: A Mass Journal for Children

by  Ginny Kochis

The 2019 Handy Dandy Guide to Lenten Resources

Stay Connected: A Gift of Invitation

by Allison Gingras


Manual for Spiritual Warfare

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Begone Satan: A Soul-Stirring Account of Diabolical Possession in Iowa

by Reverend Father Carl Vogl

An Exorcist Tells His Story

by Father Gabriele Amorth

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic

by Father Gabriele Amorth

An Exorcist Explains How to Heal the Possessed

by Father Paolo Carlin

Saints who Battled Satan

by Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans

by Malachi Martin

The Spiritual Combat: and a Treatise on Peace of Soul

by Lorenzo Scupoli

Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity

by Father Chad A. Ripperger, Ph.D.

// STUDY //

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession


Lectio: Unveiling Scripture and Tradition


Eucharistic Miracles: And Eucharistic Phenomenon in the Lives of the Saints

by Joan Carroll Cruz

The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

by Timothy Gallagher

Pray More Retreat

by John-Paul and Annie of Pray More Novenas


// FUNNY //

14 Memes about Lent Catholics Understand


Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage

Marriage 911

by Greg and Julie Alexander




Dovetail Ink

by Monica Welch

Luminous Moments by A

by Austyn

BC Inspirations

by Becky Cook


Yes, your church needs holy water during Lent – ESPECIALLY during Lent

More on Sacramentals

Your Guide to a Catholic Lent: Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent

from Simply Catholic


No meat can be eaten on Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays during Lent. This applies Catholics 14 and older. 


Only one full regular sized meal is permitted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for Catholics between 18 and 59. Two smaller meals are permitted, but the small meals should not equal a second full meal. Drinking coffee, tea, and water between meals is allowed. Snacks between meals are not allowed. Exemptions are made, of course, for nursing mothers, the ill, and the elderly for whom fasting would severely compromise their health.


You should strive to go to confession once a month (more frequently also encouraged), but especially during Lent.

Looking for an in-depth Examination of Conscience?

Click here to download and print up a copy to use.

You can also check out the Handy Little Guide to Confession

by Ink Slinger and Catholic author Michelle Schroeder


The original list from 2013, with updates in 2014

The {Second} Handy Dandy List of 2015

The updated 2016 list of Lenten resources

2018 Handy Dandy List of Lenten Sacrifices

Lenten Archives

Season.Lent board on Pinterest

Hopefully, this list inspires you to try something new with your family or faith group, or possibly resurrect an old practice. And I hope everyone has a spiritually fulfilling Lent.

Finally, don’t forget our Annual 2019 Lenten Photo Challenge!

7 Quick Takes Charla Ink Slingers Lent Meatless Fridays Recipes


7 Quick Takes: Meatless Meals
Part of the Catholic family’s dilemma every Lent is what to eat on Fridays. There are some who stay faithful to no meat every Friday throughout the year, but most need some great ideas to feed the family without breaking the bank and without being too extravagant, because, after all, it is supposed to be sacrificial. In my part of the country, we are landlocked, so seafood is kind of a delicacy and quite a splurge, to be honest. We also get overwhelmed with pasta dishes during this season, so here are some easy and faithful recipes of alternatives to fish and pasta for those Friday night dinners.
We present:

LENTIL Sloppy Joes

(AKA: “Snobby Joes”) I got this recipe from a fellow “Sista.” My beef eaters at home like these more than traditional ground beef sloppy joes.


• 2 stalks celery, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 small onion, chopped
Sauté chopped celery, garlic, and onions until soft and add to quinoa before cooking. Make quinoa according to package, using vegetable broth instead of water.
• 1 medium onion sliced
• 1 red pepper
• 1 green pepper
• 1 C snap peas
• 1 C sliced mushrooms
• 1 can sliced water chestnuts
In a separate pan, sauté all vegetables until soft and cooked through. Serve over a bed of quinoa.


This is an easy one. Served with some beer bread, it makes a hearty meal.

• 1 ½ C red lentils, rinsed
• 2 celery stalks
• ½ chopped onion
• 2 minced garlic cloves (optional)
• 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
• 1 tsp oregano (or to taste)
• ½ C brown rice
• ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1 cup chopped tomatoes
• 10 C vegetable stock
• Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are soft. Super easy and really good. It pairs well with most soups and stews.

• 3C SIFTED flour (make sure it is sifted or it’ll be a brick)
• 3 tsp baking powder

• 1tsp salt
• ¼ C sugar
• 1 ½ C (12oz) beer
Mix together and place in greased loaf pan. Pour ¼ – ½ C melted butter on top. Bake at 375° for 1 hour


This one is for mushroom lovers. It is a tasty meal or good as a side dish.
• 2T Olive oil
• 2 cloves of chopped garlic
• 12-16 ounces fresh baby spinach
• 1½ C Sliced baby portabella mushrooms
• 1½ C Sliced white mushrooms
• 1C fresh chopped tomatoes
• 3T balsamic vinegar
Sauté all ingredients together until soft and fully cooked; toss with balsamic vinegar, and serve on a bed of white or brown rice.


You can follow this recipe or make your own regular lasagna recipe, using sliced zucchini instead of lasagna noodles, minus the meat. Link found here.


My mom used to make stuffed bell peppers when I was growing up, but this recipe is a variation without ground beef; feta cheese gives it a kick. Feel free to omit the green onions or sauté regular onions until very soft; then add them. My kids are opposed to onions, so I quite often do this in most recipes.


Lentils can be used in place of ground beef in many recipes, and this is one of them. I do not use the “adobo sauce,” salsa is a good substitute. Link found here.

There you have it. Good ideas for meatless dinners that do not involve seafood or pasta. We hope this makes your Fridays during Lent a little more interesting.
May your Lenten season bear fruit in your spirit and your journey bring you closer to our Lord.

For more Quick Takes, check out Conversion Diary.

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Family Time… It’s what’s for Dinner!

You may have noticed here at Catholic Sistas that we take our food seriously.  On our website here we have recipes you can pull up complete with instructions and pictures on how to make the delicious dish.  On Pinterest we have many food boards pinned that you can browse in your free time to whet your appetite and inspire you at the same time.  On our Facebook page we do a nightly “What’s for dinner?” thread.  We love to see what you are feeding your families! But why are we so interested in food?

Studies show us that families who eat together have stronger family bonds, their children are less likely to be involved in drugs, alcohol and tobacco, they are more likely to talk about their problems, and tension at home is likely to be far less.  Children who spend time with their families eating tend to get higher grades, have less depression and self-esteem issues, are more self-confident, and have a lower rate of eating disorders.  It seems there are so many benefits to sitting down for a meal together so why don’t we make family meal time more of a priority?

Often we feel we are just too busy to sit down as a family.  We eat on the road to practice or grab something quick as we sit in front of the television after working long hard days. We are overscheduled, overworked, and overburdened.  We let other things become more important than what should be important.  We want to succeed at work, at school, in our communities, in sports.  But if by “succeeding” at all these outside activities we “fail” at coming together as a family, have we really succeeded at all?

the last supperWhen I think about family meal time I can’t help but think about the Mass.  Jesus knew that being fed was so important He actually gave us His body and blood to eat and drink. Our Eucharistic meal is the source and summit of our faith! Christ could have easily given us another way to remember Him but He knew that in His own Jewish faith coming together for the Passover meal was of great significance. He knew that passing on this meal to us, except now instead of the bread and wine we have His body and blood, would change our lives, increase our faith, and bring us closer to Him! He could have done this in any way but He chose to do so gathered around the table, with the people closest to Him, for a meal.  Surely there must be something so worthwhile about coming together for a meal that Jesus Himself instituted the most remarkable and astounding family dinner ever… the Eucharistic feast.

If we are to model ourselves after Jesus it seems only fitting that we also place importance on coming together as a family at meals.  This doesn’t mean we have to come together at every meal or even at a particular meal every day.  It means that if coming together at breakfast works best for our families then we should bond over oatmeal and pop tarts.  If we can eat lunch together then grilled cheese and tomato soup can become our bonding agent.  If dinner is when we are most likely to be able to all sit down together then taco night can become the best night of the week.  The time of day we come together isn’t as important as the effort we make to sit down, relax, and let everyone and everything else in the world fade to the background as we focus our attention on those who matter most… our families.

Our children grow so fast.  Before we know it they will leave our care and will strike out on family dinnertheir own.  I know that they will look back fondly on our time gathered around our kitchen table sharing a meal, laughing, living, and loving as a family.  At our table we have taught our children to pray, shown them how to love, built up their confidence, shared in their dreams, and shouldered their sorrows. We have laughed and cried, debated and discussed, lived and loved.

Family meal time in our home is special and sacred. Eating a family meal is not just about nourishing and feeding your body; it is about nourishing and feeding your soul as well.  If you don’t eat as a family I encourage you to try to make the effort to have at least one meal scheduled together- a meal where nothing else will come in the way… no practices, no television, no meetings, no computers, no outside “noise”.  We regularly schedule doctor appointments, parent-teacher conferences, get-togethers with friends; why not schedule a family meal? My bet is that you will enjoy it so much that it will become a regular “thing” at your house.

In a world that demands so much of our time and energy it is important that we are the ones who set the rules regarding what is truly important and what is expendable. Our families are not expendable.  They are more important than any soccer game, any night out with the girls, any television show that we may want to sit down and watch.  They are only here in our care for a short period of time.  Make the most of the time you are given.  Gather them close, break bread, and share your day, your dreams, and your love with one another. mealtime