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Jesus Sent the Holy Spirit | Pentecost + Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Bread-mastWhat’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?

  • This week we’re celebrating Pentecost, one of the most holy days of the Church calendar, and we’ve got lots of great ideas about how to celebrate, discuss, and pray with your kids as part of the feast.*
  • We’re also celebrating the feast days of a pope who was imprisoned by the emperor, a saint who got his start on the road to sainthood by striking another saint, and the mathematician/theologian credited with making the first question mark.
  • Preview and discuss the readings for Pentecost with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
  • Ryan Langr’s daughter is saying her first word . . . and it’s got him thinking about the Four Elements of a Childlike Faith in Caffeine and Grace.*
  • Pain does not have the last word during active labor—love does. Read more in the latest excerpt from The Gift of Birth.
  • Check out even more new content in Even More for Your Week at the end of this e-mail.
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* Link to the article under MORE FOR YOUR WEEK, below.

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SUNDAY, May 15, 2016
Pentecost Sunday

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
—Acts 2:1-11

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew
the face of the earth.
—Psalm 104

To each individual the manifestation
of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
—1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13

[Jesus] breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
—John 20: 19-23

What gifts has the Holy Spirit given you to share?

Breaking Open the Word at Home has more Sunday Scripture resources, including reflection questions for kids and adults; by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.



St. Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345)
As a member of the anti-papal party, Peregrine struck St. Philip Benizi in a dispute; the incident led to his conversion. His cancerous leg was miraculously healed during a night of prayer.

St. Paschal Baylon (1540-1592)
He got his start as a very honest shepherd, then joined the Friars Minor; he was known for his reverence of the Eucharist and generosity to the poor.

St. John I (d. 526)
John was a pope who was imprisoned by an emperor and died from the treatment that he received.

Blessed Alcuin of York (735-804)
The mathematician, educator, theologian, and advisor to Emperor Charlemagne who founded schools and invented the earliest form of the question mark.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444)
A joyful, energetic Franciscan who shared the Gospel in a very attractive way. He came up with the IHS symbol, a Greek monogram for the Holy Name of Jesus.

St. Crispin of Viterbo (1668-1750)
He began as a shoemaker, then became a Franciscan who served as a cook, beggar, and catechist. He was admired by the local townfolk and the pope alike for his humility and holiness.
1 week to Most Holy Trinity (May 22)
2 weeks to Corpus Christi (May 29)
2 weeks to Memorial Day (May 30)



Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.


Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. The readings are all about the Holy Spirit. Do you pray to the Holy Spirit?

There are so many prayers to the Holy Spirit. Many can be found on Catholic.org under “prayers”—there’s one by St.
Augustine, one by Cardinal Mercier and a bunch more. There’s even a guided prayer video—check it out!

If you like to pray with music, google “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” with “Taize.”


Pentecost is the birthday of the Church! Have a birthday party for the Church as part of your Sunday dinner. Find more ideas on pbgrace.com: “Eight Things to Do with Your Kids for Pentecost.”

At Pentecost, we also celebrate the gifts given by the Holy Spirit. Can you name the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? As part of your birthday celebration, take some time to think of the gifts that your family or friends have. Make a poster for someone special showing the gifts that they have and share with you.

With Pentecost, the Easter Season is over, and we’re back to Ordinary Time. Mark the change by switching out the items on your prayer table: white linens can be replaced with green ones, and you can put away your Easter things.


As spring arrives, it will be time for playing in parks! Take your kids to a local park and be the “clean-up crew” for a day. Make the park animal and little kid-friendly by
preparing it for safe play.

Check out Catholic Relief Service’s iamclimatechange.org website, where you’ll find plenty of things to do with your kids. There’s factual info on climate change, actions that they can take, and info on how to get schools involved and for kids to become Student Ambassadors.


This week’s saints really had varied gifts. Farmers, shoemakers, beggars, catechists—they were all good at different things and used each for the good of others. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, piety, courage, counsel, wisdom and awe. Look up the story of St. Bernadine of Siena on AmericanCatholic.org. How did he use his gifts? What gifts (general talents) do you think God has given you? What gifts of the Spirit do you think you have? Which of these gifts do you see in one another?

Check out the video on Busted Halo, “What Are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?” How does it help your understanding of Pentecost?

Stump the Parents! The Sacramental Economy

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #218–223, then let them choose questions to pose to you; they get points if they can “stump” you, you get points if you answer correctly. See the full rules at “Stump the Parents” at pbgrace.com.

Sample questions:

What is the liturgy? (#218)
What place does the liturgy occupy in the life of the Church? (#219)
In what does the sacramental economy consist? (#220)
In what way is the Father the source and the goal of the liturgy? (#221)
What is the work of Christ in the liturgy? (#222)
How does the Holy Spirit work in the liturgy of the Church? (#223)



Happy Birthday | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Pentecost is the day the Spirit came and often called the Birthday of the Church. It’s when the Apostles finally received what they needed to complete the mission that Jesus prepared them for. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Four Elements of a Childlike Faith
My daughter’s first words have got me thinking about what it means to have a childlike faith.   by Ryan Langr

Eight Things to Do with Your Kids on Pentecost
Pentecost is one of the most important holy days of the Church calendar. Here are eight ideas for praying, celebrating, and learning about Pentecost with your kids.

Focusing on Love During Active Labor
Pain is not the last word in giving birth. Love and fruitfulness is. But how do you focus on love and fruitfulness in the middle of labor?


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