Are you looking for a tangible way to celebrate Pentecost with your family? Here are 3 of our family favorites that bring this special feast day alive:
1. Make a fruit salad together! While you eat it, discuss the fruits of the Holy Spirit:
a.What do each of these gifts mean?
b. Which of these gifts come naturally to you?
c. Which of these gifts do you see in each other?
2. Fly a kite! Discuss how the wind holds the kite up in the air and moves it around. Then, compare the wind to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit at work in our life is what holds us up and guides us in the direction of God’s will for us if we allow it. Just like pulling the string of the kite too hard and working against the direction of the wind will make the kite crash to the ground or get tangled in a tree, if we hold too tightly to our own will and not let the Holy Spirit have control, we too will perhaps get tangled up in the wrong things and maybe even crash.
3. Pentecost is referred to as the birthday of the Church, sooooo make a birthday cake and celebrate your Catholic roots! You might want to leave the candles off, though ???
Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church. It is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
The apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the Upper Room where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection:
“And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Spirit gave them to speak.” – Acts 2:2-4
With the descent of the Holy Spirit as Christ had promised, on this day Christ’s mission is completed and the New Covenant is inaugurated. This is why Pentecost is called the “Birthday of the Church.”
Birthdays are always a big “ta do” in our home! We honor the person whose life was brought into the world on that particular day and celebrate them. It only seems fitting then to celebrate the birthday of our Catholic Church!
Enjoy this day with your family. Pick an activity or two that you can do together and celebrate your Catholic faith!
Happy Feast of Pentecost!
3 WAYS TO CELEBRATE PENTECOST AS A FAMILY