Love and Lent

This year something rare happens: Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, and Easter is on April Fool’s Day. This hasn't happened for 70 years, and while it happens again in 2029, that's it until the next century.

Did you know that there are three different St. Valentines in early martyrologies? CatholicEducation.org tells us the first St. Valentine was a priest and physician in Rome. He was condemned to death for his faith and beheaded on Feb. 14, 270. The second St. Valentine was the Bishop of Interamna (now Terni), and he, too, died for his faith. Little is know about the third St. Valentine, who suffered martyrdom in Africa with several companions.

Both the love of faith that the Sts. Valentine lived and the sacrificial practices of Lent that Catholics embrace are rooted in the love of Christ for us. As Jesus says in John 15, "This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."

This February, as we show our love for family and friends on Valentine's Day, let us also remember and live out Christ's love for us in the sacrifices and faith practices of Lent.

February at a glance: Download PDF.

Saint of the Month: St. Valentine (Download PDF.)

K-Grade 5 Activity

The Gift of Love and the Season of Lent: Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day and the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Download PDF.

Grade 6 and Up Activity

The Stations of the Cross Devotion. Download PDF.

Catholic Stewardship for Kids

Add a little service project to your Valentine celebration. Collect red foods or foods that come in red packaging for your local food pantry or send Valentine Cards to the shut-ins in your community.

Life Long Catechesis Corner

What will you do this Lent to become more like Jesus? Questions of the Week here.