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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

Not Just a Servant

Not Just a Servant

When we think of servants, we typically picture people who are oppressed or in positions that powerful people take advantage of.

God has a different idea of what a servant is, and He calls us to this way of life and shows us through His only Son, how being a servant is actually one of the most honorable positions one can take.

He uses His servants to bring His light and message of Salvation to all the nations.

Dive deeper into this idea of sharing God’s light and salvation as His servant…

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord is the celebration of the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (non-Jews).

Learn more about what this means to us Catholics and other Christians, and what we should do to evangelize the Good News to our neighbors – hint, it doesn’t require words!

It’s as simple as leaving the lights on for them…

Have an epiphany, and be an epiphany! And watch a really cool video with ALL of the verses of “We Three Kings.” We provide the lyrics, too!

Mother of God

Mother of God

Mary had a little lamb…

Though this rhyme refers to St. Mary, this does not mean she is a sheep.

Mary gave birth to the Lamb. This means she is the Mother of God.

As confusing as that is to our non-Catholic brethren, we as Catholics understand it and accept it.

Just as Mary and Joseph accepted this great honor and responsibility.

How do we share in Mary’s motherhood?

This week, we explore her example and how it blesses and encourages us to be Brothers and Sisters of and in Christ.

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…