I have just been reading a bit on Fr Tim's blog about fasting. I had a phone call from a Spanish friend who told me a convent of Carmelites in a parish near him makes a huge(ish) amount of money during carnival selling penitential instruments for Lent. They have a two year waiting list.
Dan Brown has a lot to answer for.
I was looking at what we do for "children's liturgy" and thought rather than colouring in this Sunday we might ...
St Magdalen's Children' Liturgy
4/5 year olds will make a discipline for daddy
6/7 year olds will make a cilice for mummy
7+s will knit patchwork hairshirts for the altar servers
Now before you ring anyone this is meant to be joke.