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Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2020 is Renewed by the Spirit. Pope Francis challenges us all to be transformed and renewed by the Spirit so that we can follow the path of love. When we do this we become God’s ambassadors on Earth.

The 2020 resources are entitled Caritas in Action: Restoring Hope and Spreading Love and feature inspiring stories from all around the world of how Caritas is working alongside communities in need to restore hope and help them overcome challenges.

A wide range of resources are available. To make it easy for teachers and students to access the lessons, worksheets, videos and PowerPoints, the resources this year are based on lesson packs. These lesson packs are designed for specific year levels and are clearly made available on separate pages here. The teacher booklet provides a good summary of all the resources available and how they can be used. Other key resources like the action plan, prayer booklet and the Way of the Cross liturgy can also be found in the Key Resources page.

Lesson packs could easily be adapted to provide a range of relevant activities for students across similar levels. Each lesson pack focuses on a theme or a specific country. As a result, students will learn about a range of countries, challenges and inspirational stories this year.

Contact the education team to order hard copy versions of the various Lent 2020 resources. This includes the teacher booklet, action plan, resource overview and a selection of posters.

Key Resources

Here you’ll find the teacher booklet, the entire collection of lesson packs, action plan, posters, prayer booklet, Way of the Cross liturgy, Y12 achievement standard assessment task and curriculum links.

Y1-2 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y1-2 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in Kiribati, the Holy Land and Timor-Leste.

Y3-4 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y3-4 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in Cambodia, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Y5-6 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y5-6 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in Kiribati, the Philippines, Tonga and Fiji.

Y7-8 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y7-8 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in West Papua, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Y9-10 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y9-10 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in Cambodia, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Y11-13 Lesson Packs

Access all the Y11-13 lessons and worksheets here. The relevant videos and PowerPoints are available here too for easy access. Find out more about how Caritas is restoring hope and spreading love in Syria, South Sudan, Bangladesh, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.

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Lent in schools 2019

The theme for Lent 2019 is inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: 'Living our lives with love.' We are called to live our lives with genuine love - for others and for God.

Lent in schools 2018

The theme for Lent 2018 was inspired by a quote from Suzanne Aubert: ‘Let us go together’. We are personally called to go on a journey - with each other and with God. In the course of the journey we are changed and we change the world around us.

Lent in schools 2017

The theme for Lent 2017 came from Psalm 27: ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek’. This phrase reminds us that when we encounter our brothers and sisters, wherever they may live, we encounter the face of Christ.

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