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What is Pentecost?

A special supplement to This Weeks Free Thing: Pentecost in 2 Minutes

What is Pentecost? In this short Pentecost video we share the basics so you can share them with your family in an easy-to-remember way. We encourage you to watch the vdieo together, and check out the lessons below the video from This Week’s Free Thing, our weekly Mass lessons delivered free to your email inbox every week. Just sign up below!

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The Holy Spirit We Profess

Exploring our belief in the Holy Spirit using the Nicene Creed, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition.

Video Series

Front view of white dowv representing the Holy Spirit landing with wings outstretched with glowing light rays coming from the right behind and above it. The words Spitit in Life are in red superimposed above the aoustretched wings.

Spirit in Life:
Exploring the Holy Spirit

This series of 5-minute videos about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit gives older family members the knowledge and tools to pass along the information to their younger members in a way that engages them. Teaching young children about the Holy Spirit is important and the relationship a child develops with the Holy Spirit can bare amazing fruit in their lives. Each short episode gives you a brief insights into the Fruits, Gifts, and Virtues and provide accompanying podcast-length discussions with each.

Take this link to just explore the Fruits of The Spirit.

Podcast

Cover image of the On The Road to Perfection Episode 44 titled Pentecost. A husband and wife, Kristofer and Beth Cpwles, holding hands walking away from the camera on the street toward a church.

Episode 44:
What is Pentecost

What is Pentecost? Why do we celebrate it? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this multi-faceted feast of the Church. It is the Church’s birthday, but it’s also the confirmation day of the Apostles. Mama and Daddy will give you a better understanding of Pentecost!

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Letters Home

Quiet! Be Still!

Quiet! Be Still!

In Mass this week, Jesus rebukes a storm, teaching the frightened, suffering Apostles how to rebuke the storms in their lives by being quiet, being still.

This week, the lesson is all about understanding our suffering and how to deal with it. Job, probably the most well-known suffering servant in the Bible after Jesus, gets us started in the readings, and we learn from Paul that better days await us.

Our discussion helps us know everyone suffers, and our activity helps us put our suffering in God’s hands, and see it from His perspective.

The activity gives us an excuse to get outside with each other. Take advantage of it!

Seeds, Fruits, and Branches

Seeds, Fruits, and Branches

What’s in a mustard seed?

Jesus talks a lot about mustard seeds, and this week we get Ezekiel in on the action. Palm trees, cedar trees, mustard trees!

Are we like these seeds? Can God create from us who we truly are supposed to be, and what we are truly supposed to do, as unique, unrepeatable individuals in this specific place and time? Paul encourages us this week to be courageous and aspire to please God – like these great trees!

Even the Alleluia gets in on the seedss: “The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever!”

Is our faith open enough to let Him bloom in us the great comfort and strength, conviction and growth for others as He build his kingdom?

Break out the baby pictures! The activity this week is fun, and it starts with looking at a mustard seed and seeing the size of the tree it grows into (HINT: That’s it above!)

Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Jesus Saves: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The source and summit of our Catholic Faith is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. He is actually present – physically – in the Eucharist. Finding God is easy as a Catholic – He comes to Mass every day and leaves inside us.

This week we talk about the Institution Narrative in the Gospel of Mark that we will hear in the Gospel Reading at Mass on Sunday.

We discuss the mystery and reality of Jesus being present at Mass with us and in us, and our activity is a solemn one we should do every Sunday – at least!

Plus, links to several Spiritual Communions and a link to the Code of Canon Law to see if you are able to receive Communion in the Catholic Church.

That’s a lot packed into 459 words and less than three minutes of your time!

Elsewhere

The Holy Spirit and answers to what is Pentecost are everywhere. Here are a few good Catholic Resources:

 

The coat of. His coat of arms displays three charges on a blue field. In reference to Francis being a Jesuit, the uppermost charge is the emblem of the Society of Jesus.The emblem is composed of a Sun radiant, within which is the IHS christogram (a monogram of the Holy Name of Jesus) in red, with a red cross surmounting the H and three black nails below the H. Below the Jesuit emblem is an eight-pointed star, the star being a long-standing symbol of the Virgin Mary, and a spikenard representing Saint Joseph. In Hispanic iconographic tradition Saint Joseph is often depicted with a branch of spikenard in his hand. arms of Pope FrancisFull text of the homily for Pentecost Sunday…
Pope Francis
“When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…” (Jn 15:26). With these words, Jesus promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit, the ultimate gift, the gift of gifts. He uses an unusual and mysterious word to describe the Spirit: Paraclete. Today let us reflect on this word, which is not easy to translate, for it has a number of meanings. Essentially, it means two things: Comforter and Advocate.

A headshot of Monsignor Charles Pope, Catholic priest, caucasian with male=pattern baldness, glasses,trimmed beard and mustache and a smile.“I have come to cast a fire on the earth” — A homily for Pentecost Sunday..
Msgr. Charles Pope

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the apostles, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us…