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August 19, 2018
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Easter

The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."

Activity of the Week

Pentecost Sunday

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Gather as a family this week to celebrate Pentecost. Explain that with the coming of the Holy Spirit, we celebrate the birthday of Jesus' Church. Prepare and decorate a cake. Have each family member come forward to light a candle on the cake and respond: "As the Father sent me, so I send you."
  • Sometimes we need help and guidance to live as Jesus taught us. For your family prayer this week, pray for the gift and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Use this prayer: Come Holy Spirit! Fill our hearts with the power of your love.
  • Talk about each of the gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder and awe in God's presence. How do you see these gifts at work in your family?
  • Go on a family outing and fly a kite together. Talk about the power of wind. After the experience, discuss the power of God’s Spirit in the lives of family members.