Family Page – Ascension of the Lord
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To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while we’re stuck at home this year, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
The Ascension of the Lord
Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord.
- Acts 1:1-11
- Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
- Ephesians 1:17-23
- Matthew 28:16-20
Today is a day of movement: from the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Look back on the last 40 days and list what good things have happened in the mist of the pandemic. Talk about the following questions: How has the Holy Spirit been present within your family during these days of the Easter Season? How have your prayers to Jesus and the Father increased during this time? What positive things have happened in your family?
In the Gospel Jesus tells us, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” We may not understand what this means, but our faith tells us that God’s Spirit lives within and we are challenged to share our faith with others. Maybe during this time we are called to be more patient and show more mercy to those around us so that we can be God’s healing presence.
Discuss other things you could do in your family to be better disciples and teach others about our faith. One way could be to take time each week to have these meaningful discussion in your family – turn off the radio in the car to talk about how to share your faith with neighbors; turn off electronics at home to spend time making cards for family who live away and tell them how blessed you are to have them as a part of your family. Adults, think about sharing your faith with the children of our parish as a catechist or as a sponsor/team member in the RCIA process.
What to Do Next
Spend some time this week getting ready for Pentecost. Some say that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, so it should be celebrated! Gather anything red: clothing, decorations, etc., since red is the liturgical color of Pentecost. Plan your meal for next Sunday to include red foods like apples, peppers, beets, strawberries, raspberries, etc. Plan to celebrate well in your home!
There are many great websites with ideas of how to prepare for Pentecost. One site, www.religionteacher.com, also suggests some other good sites.
One simple decoration your children can work on for Pentecost is a mobile. Take a piece of 11×14 paper, cut it in half the long way and decorate it with symbols of Pentecost; older children could look up these symbols. Once the paper is decorated, tape or glue some red crepe paper strips on the back, fold the paper into a circle and staple. Finally punch some holes in the top of the circle and take some red yarn or string to thread through the holes, tie together, and it’s ready for hanging. See the example below:
Have a great Sunday!