Free Lent Cheat Sheet!

Do you ever have trouble remembering what you can eat during Lent? 

Or maybe you do remember, but you always seem to forget that it’s Friday? (That happens in our house sometimes!)


Growing up, my family never observed Lent, so when I married into a Catholic Family, I really didn’t know what to do or how to participate. Although it all seems pretty simple now, I still remember just how confused and frustrated I was when I was first learning the rules.


That’s why I made this handy Lent printable — so anyone who is planning on participating in Lent this year could do so easily, without all the confusion and frustration I felt.


Free cheat sheet: What Can I Eat During Lent? (This is SO helpful!)


Want a printable copy for yourself? It’s free!

Just head on over to and you can have your own printable cheat sheet sent straight to your email inbox!


This printable cheat sheet not only has all the Lent rules you need to know – all in one place – but it’s great for printing out and hanging on your refrigerator so you never forget when Friday rolls around.

Plus, it even has 8 quick and easy Lent meal ideas for those busy nights when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry!


Grab Your Free Printable Cheat Sheet Here!




A devoted Christian, wife and mother, Brittany loves helping other women grow in these roles as well. When she isn’t busy taking care of her growing family, you can find her at Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares tips, tricks and encouragement to help Christian women grow in faith and family.



Equipping Catholic Families…for January!

Key Feast Days in January:

New Year’s Resolutions and Liturgical Season: Ordinary Time!

Looking for ways to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick? Here are some articles and craft kits that will help you stay on track in your prayer life, living Liturgically…or staying more organized!

  • 2018 Website/Shop/Blog Planner will illustrated Saints Days on monthly calendars along with Stats and Records templates to keep track of stats, expenses and goals. You’ll wonder how you got along without it!
  • Convert your family calendar to be Catholic with the Calendar Saint Stickies Craft Kit
  • The Catholic Prayer Bullet Journal includes lists for projects and posts, a running log, a confession/spiritual direction log and lots of pages for tracking habits, gratitude, goals, prayer intentions, scripture to memorize, house projects, social media stats…and so much more! Use the Prayer Journal Prompts Craft Kit for already formatted prayers and prompts for your prayer journal!


See Equipping Catholic Families…for January Saints where it first appeared!

Copyright 2018Monica McConkey.

profile 2Monica McConkey is a Mom of 5, creator of Catholic teaching tools and gifts and she is the original founder of this website. She spends most of her time posting about crafts and family fun at Equipping Catholic Families and creating things for her Shoppe

Interview With Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P. About God’s Grace & the Future of the Church

Screen Capture Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!Fr. Philip Neri Powell, a seminary professor, formation advisor and parish priest, has preached and commented about Christ, the Church, popular culture and events of consequence on his popular blog, Domine mihi hanc aquam! Featured are thought provoking homilies through which readers know and love the mind of Christ. I interviewed Fr. Powell about his blog, his call to the priesthood, the future of the Church, and his advice for those considering a Dominican vocation.

You have written about your past “postmodernist occult life” before coming to the Catholic Church and joining the Order of Preachers. In this increasingly secularized world, where many reject Christ, to what do you attribute your faith?  Read more…



Lenten Almsgiving (to Catholic Charities) PLUS fill your Easter Basket…all in one go!

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Zelie & Co is a group of Catholic women artisans. They work collaboratively to support each other’s business growth, pray for each other, and offer weekly sales on Instagram @zelieandco. Their patron saint is St Zelie, lacemaker and mother of St Therese, the Little Flower.

Zelie&Co Catholic Artisans are excited to partner with some of our Catholic Community’s most beloved Bloggers to support some amazing Catholic Charities!

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Our Blogger-Partners include:

and our Catholic Artisans include:

and our Catholic Charities include:

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Support these awesome Catholic Charities as part of your Almsgiving this Lent…

…and fill your Easter baskets at the same time!

Join us on Instagram on February 9th!



Thoughts on Reading Pope Francis’ “The Name of God is Mercy”

This isn’t a book review of the Pope’s new book The Name of God Is Mercy. Rather it is a reflection on some of the points that really struck home with me and the ideas they raised in me, leading me to say, “This is amazing!” Admittedly, a large portion of the book does fall under that description, so if I wanted to quote all the excerpts that impressed me, I’d probably be posting the entire text.

Let’s just say right off that many people have wronged Pope Francis. Both those who hope he will “decriminalize” their favorite sin and those who fear he will abandon Church teaching have wronged him. The reason I say this is because the book recognizes a link that the Church has long taught: To receive mercy requires us to be sorry for our sins. That is a theme running through the book. Once a person understands this basic concept, it becomes clear that the panic within the Church over the Pope’s words and actions are wildly inaccurate. He’s not looking for ways to bring people who are at odds with the Church to Communion without a need to repent. He’s looking for ways to encourage such people to get right with God through the Church. In other words, people have spent the past 3 years rejoicing or panicking over something he never intended and missed the point of what he was calling people to.

Continued HERE

Zelie & Co:

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A new community of Catholic artisans has come together to offer beautiful, unique Catholic products through carefully orchestrated Flash Sales…on Instagram!

We are a group of independent Catholic Artisans who have teamed up to offer some exclusive sets at great discounts through our flash sales!
We have chosen St. Zelie as our namesake because we think she gets us!

St. Zelie was an exquisitely talented lacemaker! And she used her talent and keen intellect to create a very successful business. She built something that was a blessing to her family and at the same time raised Saints! That’s what we all aspire to do! #StZeliePrayForUs

Come and see what we’ve got!  Join us at Zelie & Co. on January 12th on Instagram!

Catholic Planner: Last Minute DEAL!

Catholic Planner

Just finished the NEW and IMPROVED Catholic Shop and Blog Planner!

This year, it’s embellished with Kelly Saints TM on the calendar and Divider Tabs to organize your Passwords, Blog and Social Media Stats, Guest Posts, Contributor Posts, Ad Space, Sponsor Buttons…and more!!

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Even if you’ve already purchased your 2016 Planner…you might find this calendar helpful as a wall calendar…or some of the worksheets… perfect supplements for Blog or Shop Planning! This year…I added some extra stats to accommodate Etsy Shop owners…and I added a couple new graphics for YouTubers and Periscopers!

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…and for those who prefer the Catholic Family Calendar right up there on the wall for all to see…check out our 8’bulletin board in our home office! We’ve used it for Saints Timelines too!

Website Planner CoverThe Website Planner for Shops and Blogs is available over at Equipping Catholic Families.

Website Planner with Kelly Saints TM for Shops and Blogs

  • month-in-a-glance Calendar with Kelly Saints TM  Feast Days (and quick notes for Top Referrers, Top Posts, Giveaways, Guest Posts and Blog Events)
  • Blog Stats, Shop Stats monthly worksheets
  • Social Media and Blog Stats spreadsheets
  • Passwords
  • Giveaways (including all contact info, dates and stats)
  • Guest Posts (including contact info and deadlines)
  • Contributor Posts (including deadlines, embedded links)
  • Sponsor Buttons
  • Ad Space
  • Affiliate Links
  • WordPress Plugins
  • WP Health Stats
  • Index Tabs

It’s $7 for the PDF printable with permission to copy multiple sets for home use,

but for a limited time, you can pick it up for $5 here: Website Planner 2016


Calling ALL Catholic Mommy Bloggers! New Directory and Community!

Mommy Blogs

Would you like your Catholic Mom Blog promoted for FREE… no strings attached?

Join the new Catholic Mommy Blogs Directory and Community. (Coming really soon!)

Let’s grow our Catholic Mommy Blog corner of the Internet together!

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“Like” CMB on FB to hear when the site launches: CatholicMommyBlogs on Facebook

Adventure for Faith, Hope and Charity

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Adventure it was for Faith, Hope and Charity Livingstone (my three main characters in my new book) as the girls made their debut visit at a book signing this past weekend. My husband and I had a blast meeting people from all walks of life at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church’s World Feast. The weather wasn’t very cooperative, (lots of rain) and thusly, attendance was down, but that didn’t stop the festivities. There was great food, games and entertainment for one and all – a true family entertainment experience. We had an open house for our new parish office building too! Lots going on.

I was so blessed to be… Read more…

Yes, Catholics CAN Evangelize

Catholics genersyfs-cover-amazon-lg-210x300ally don’t think of Jesus as an evangelist per say, but rather a storyteller. Well, the Son of God understood parables are powerful vehicles for truth.  Since parables impact people when they can relate to the details of the story, Jesus told stories about the ordinary people of His day.

Nancy Ward also understands when people simply tell their personal journey of faith in their own words,  they can help others who are seeking an authentic meeting with God. Ordinary people can reach, or evangelize, many who are outside the traditional  Church.

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