Ideas for a Holy Holy Week

Are you ready for Holy Week? Here it is, ready or not! This week we are sharing some simple ideas for ways you can make Holy Week a sacred and meaningful time, even inside of your own home with your family. Nothing, fancy, no stressful crafts or complicated prayer practices! These are do-able ways to set this season apart.

Snippet from the Show

“Connection is more important than perfection.”


Holy Week is a sacred time when we remember that no matter what our lent was like, Jesus will still rise from the dead.


Ideas I Share:

All Week Long:

1) Look for ways to make this week more quiet.

2) Get to the liturgies if you can.

3) Go deeper in your prayer life.

4) Make a sacred space in your home.

Holy Thursday

1) Practice acts of service within your family.

2) Look for ways to serve your neighbors or your community

Good Friday

1) Pray the Stations of the Cross on your own if you can’t get to church

2) Consider keeping silence in your home 12:00-3:00 pm 

3) Deep clean your house

4) Take on some sacrificial chore 

Whatever you choose to do this week, keep it simple, focus on ways to set this time apart, and then follow through on your commitments.

Here is the children’s Bible that I mention in the show this week.

At the end of today’s episode, I share my response to a question a received on Instagram from a listener struggling to adapt to changes in her family, work full time, and still be a good wife and mom. 

My newest book is one that I wrote with Dan, the Manual for Marriage, a beautiful resource for every couple. In it, Dan and I share reflective essays on marriage and family life, but it also features a large collection of prayers, Scripture passages, hymns, and stories from the saints that will encourage and support you in your married relationship.  

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my newest book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

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The Pocket Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful, prayerful book by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson which helps Catholics enter in to the Sacrament of Reconciliation more deeply.


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Danielle Bean

Danielle Bean is the author of many books on Catholic marriage, motherhood, and women’s spirituality, and a well-known Catholic podcaster and media figure. In all of her efforts, Danielle encourages and celebrates all women on their unique vocational paths. She is the host of the Girlfriends podcast as well as the author of Momnipotent: The Not-So-Perfect Woman’s Guide to Catholic Motherhood, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, and You Are Enough.

Danielle is a dynamic retreat leader and an engaging speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, education, marriage, and motherhood. She has been married to her husband, Dan, for 26 years and together they have 8 children.

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  1. I have young adult kids, can you share some ideas on how to connect them better to the church to pray.


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