Family Page – Pentecost Sunday
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To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while choosing to stay home in light of the pandemic, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
Today, it’s been 50 days since Easter and we complete this season with Pentecost, which in Greek means fiftieth. Notice as you hear the Gospel for today that Jesus twice says, “Peace be with you.” Before you listen to the readings, talk with your family about peace: what does it mean, how is it lived in your family, and how can it be achieved in our world. As your finish your pre-readings discussion, have your kids think about when during Mass do we hear the words, “Peace be with you.”
- Acts 2:1-11
- Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
- John 20:19-23
In our reading from Acts, we hear about the apostles being able to speak in different languages. Not only speak the language but “to hear and understand” each other! What a gift! I speak a tiny bit of French and understand even less words in Spanish. I tried really hard with French, but like math, I got so far and my brain would give up! Perhaps when you are finished with your family discussion, different family members might be assigned different languages and look up phrases from our readings like, “Peace be with you,” “Receive the Holy Spirit,” We are many parts of one body.” Encourage them to share their findings at the dinner table where you might your meal prayer with the sequence for today; in Latin, Veni Sancte Spiritus or in English, Come, Holy Spirit.
After Jesus extends the words of peace to the apostles, he also gives them the power to forgive sins. As we begin Ordinary Time in our Church and in our homes, are there things that need to be forgiven and made whole again? Sin breaks relationships with God, with others, and within each of us. How can this peace we feel on this day help us to make right our relationships?
Finally, one last item for discussion: what does in mean, from today’s psalm, to “renew the face of the earth?” Perhaps you can make a list with your family of things you can do to renew your home – clean the yard, clean your closet, give rooms new coats of paint, give the dog a bath. Then talk about what you might do in the wider world to help renew it, too.
What to Do Next
On the website there are pictures of activities you might do today to celebrate Pentecost as well as coloring pages and word searches. Check out www.catholicicing.com for more great ideas.
Have Spirit-filled Sunday!
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