Remind your children to do the activities suggested in the Lenten notebook provided by MagnifiKid! Lent is a time of prayer and conversion. Each year the Church gives us this season of grace to look at our lives and make the changes we know we should be making. We are Catholics, and we want to live as Catholics, not just on Sundays, but every day in every way. Make Lent special by choosing some practices as a family. For example, you could do away with desserts, say the family prayer (see further) each night, cut back on TV and other media, or spend time together helping an elderly person. Don’t focus merely on the external practices, but on choosing to put God first in your family life. May this Lent bring new joy and love to your family! Pray as a family During March, MagnifiKid! suggests that you pray for the grace to trust in God’s will for your family. We cling to all sorts of things hoping for some sense of security and self-confidence. Lent invites us to let go of our worries and to trust in God alone. Fasting (in whatever form that takes) helps us to let go and to feel our hunger for the Lord. Almsgiving reminds us that what we have is a gift to be shared. Prayer turns us toward God in trust. Use the Lenten notebook (found in the Ash Wednesday issue) and the prayer below to help you pray as a family. Thy will be done The parent who is leading the prayer says: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. All make the sign of the cross. The parent continues with: Monthly, March 2020 Vol. 17, Part 4 Section 1 of 6 Dear parents,