– week 1 –
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1-13
Our Catechism says, “By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (CCC, 540).
In light of that point, it is fitting that the Gospel reading for this first Sunday of Lent focuses on Christ’s 40-day fast in the wilderness. Jesus was hungry, thirsty, tempted and tried — but he overcame these trials in victory! During the 40 days of Lent, we can unite ourselves with Jesus by fasting and praying along with him.
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”
Since much of the campaign will involve fundraising, have the children make a paper water cup using the origami pattern and instructions shown here. They will use their cups to store any money they collect at home during the week.
1. Take a large, square piece of paper and turn it so that it looks like a diamond.
2. Fold the diamond in half to form a triangle.
3. With the long edge down, fold the left corner diagonally across the center so that the tip meets the right edge.
4. Repeat step 3 for the right corner, folding it diagonally across the center so that the tip meets the left edge of the triangle. It should overlap the side you folded in step 3.
5. Fold the front-top corner down toward you.
Alternatively, you can use any wide-mouthed cup or water bottle to stay focused on the project’s central purpose to provide water for those who have none!
Almost 20% of the people living in rural areas of Ghana do not have any clean water sources.
(CIA World Factbook)
Women like Esther Yelpaala (right) and her neighbors often collect water from muddy waterways like this one.
Lord Jesus, we remember your fast in the wilderness, and we thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for us on the cross. During Lent, please give us the strength and wisdom we need to follow your examples in prayer and fasting. Let our small sacrifices bring you glory, and may they bless our brothers and sisters in need. Amen.