May 28, 2023
Our Great Journey
Welcome to our summer blog. We’ll be posting weekly with ideas for Living the Gospel at Home. The blog is meant to be interactive, so please share ideas, photos and resources that you tried at home. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most meaningful.
The theme for this week is: “Called and Gifted,” based on John 20:19-23 We celebrate the end of the Great 50 Days which began at Easter. Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is fulfilled, we are never alone. After receiving the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostles immediately went out and preached Jesus’ message to everyone—even those who spoke other languages. Come Holy Spirit and empower us to be like the apostles and share the Good News with all, with our words, actions and love. Amen.
Things to talk about:
- On Pentecost, we hear about the Holy Spirit enabling the apostles to speak in different languages. If you could speak any language, what language would you want to speak?
- Jesus greets his friends by wishing them peace. In what way do you bring peace to your friends, families, classmates, or co-workers?
- Why did Jesus breathe on his disciples?
Things to do:
- Because Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, celebrate it just as you would any other birthday in your home—break out the cake and ice cream. Rather than singing “Happy Birthday,” recite a prayer for Pentecost. Most prayer books contain special prayers for this special day.
- Wear something red. The color of the vestments worn by priests on Pentecost is red, to symbolize the love of the Holy Spirit, or the tongues of fire that appeared over the heads of the apostles on Pentecost. And don’t just stop at wearing red. Use a red tablecloth for dinner, eat off red paper plates, eat red foods, etc. See how many ways you can incorporate the color red in your celebration.
- Read aloud the story of Pentecost in Acts 2
- Pentecost Activities and Recipies, click HERE
All the blessings and please share ideas that worked in your family in the comments section below.
Our kindergarten class praying over the Mercy Bags they made.
If you had the opportunity to share a Mercy Bag, we’d love to hear about your experience. Please comment below. To read about our Immersion experience delivering the Mercy Bags, click HERE.