This is a little private journal for recording a “Lenten Journey to the Foot of the Cross.” This little journal begins with four pages inside a cover and held together with a paper ring. The pages can be left blank, or some suggestions to title the pages are: Acts of Kindness; Prayers of Thanksgiving for; Prayers for Others; and I Give up this, today. Extra pages can be kept on hand for anyone that might want extras right away or later. Stress to the students that this should be a private journal for anyone that wishes it to be so.
- White cardstock for the cover
- Colored construction paper for pages
- Hole punch
- Hole protectors
- Paper or key ring
- Tag (Pattern)
- Black Sharpie
- Black colored pencil
- Before starting the class, make lists on the blackboard of things that we can do for Lent. Make a list for Acts of Kindness (clean up after dinner without being asked; reading to a younger brother or sister; helping a sibling with homework; visiting a nursing home). Prayers for Others: (someone who lives alone; the parish priest; family members; for someone you don’t like). Prayers of Thanksgiving for: (your family; friends; church; school; teachers; food; education). I Give up this, today: (TV for a day; one dessert; a can of pop) the kids will be able to add more suggestions as you go along.
- Carefully cut out the covers and pages for the journal.
- Write on the cover, with the black Sharpie, “My Journey to the Foot of the Cross.”
- With the black pencil (the marker will bleed through the construction paper), write titles on each of the pages within the covers.
- Punch holes where indicated with a hole punch. Put hole protectors on each side of the page.
- Thread the pages onto the paper or key ring.