Sunday School Updates–Week 42–2023-2024– “The Solemnity of Pentecost”


“Brothers and sisters: No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”

“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.”

Source:  “Pentecost Mass During the Day”

Acts, chapter 2


Pentecost is the Birthday of the Catholic Church

The Liturgical Color for Pentecost is Red!

For Parents to Teach to Their Children

“Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.”  

Source:  “Pentecost Mass During the Day”

Our Art Gallery

Pentecost Prints from Painted Silver Bubble Wrap

Materials and Methods

This printing project is simple, fun and fast. I had received a grocery delivery that had big silver bubble wrap bags for keeping food cold. I decided to paint a piece of the bag the same size as a sheet of watercolor paper and paint it with children’s acrylic paint, in swirls and colors of fire. Next, I placed a sheet of watercolor paper face down on the painted bubble wrap. I pressed down on the paper with both hands completely covering the paper. Then, I gently peeled off the paper, peeling from top to bottom, which gave me print number one. I repeated the process, without adding any new paint, pressed down and peeled off the second print. This resulted in the bubble wrap still having paint, but in a lighter color then the two prints. This is fun and easy and makes beautiful “fire” art.

Learning Through Reading


Pentecost–“A Strong Driving Wind”

Acts, Chapter 2  “The Coming of the Spirit.”

“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
‘Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.'”

Family Conversation Tip: Ask your children who read to try to sound out a few of the names of the places mentioned. Some of the places still exist today with the same names–Rome, Egypt, and Libya.

Pentecost Readings for Young Children

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

“The Coming of the Holy Spirit” Acts 2

Excerpt from Catholic Book of Bible Stories, Pages 196-198

“Jesus’ disciples gathered together daily after Jesus rose to heaven. Together they prayed and waited for the Holy Spirit whom Jesus had promised.

Suddenly one morning, a great rush of wind swirled around the room where the disciples prayed. A burst of color that looked like flames appeared and came to rest upon each one of them. Instantly, they were filled with the Holy Spirit.

The disciples fell to their knees praising God. As they prayed, they began to speak in many languages. The sound of the wind rushed through the city.

Jewish people from all over the world gathered, each hearing the disciples speaking to them in their own language. They wondered, ‘How do these Galileans speak every language?'”


The Catholic Bible for Children

Excerpt from Catholic Bible for Children Pages 210-211

“Pentecost” Acts 2:1-11 “God raised up this Jesus, and of that we all are witnesses.” (see Acts 2:32)

“On the Day of Pentecost. the disciples of Jesus were gathered in a house in Jerusalem. Suddenly, they heard a noise like a strong wind and saw what looked like flames coming down to rest on them. It was the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus and sent by God. The apostles began to speak in different languages. 

There were people in Jerusalem from many different countries, but they could all understand what the apostles were saying.

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed, ‘This Jesus, whom you crucified, has been raised up by God. We have all seen him.'”

“Receive the Holy Spirit”


Source: Lisa Reno MagnifiKid! May 31, 2020 “Pentecost Sunday” Vol. 17. Part 6. Section 6. Page 3


“On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles received the Holy Spirit. He freed them for their fear and they were able to speak about Jesus. Some three thousand people gathered around them that day and were baptized. The first assembly of believers became the Church, Today, Christians celebrate Pentecost as the birth of the Church.”


Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Source: “Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit”    Father Michael Van Sloun February 17, 2011

The gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are seven gifts of the Spirit, six with a biblical basis, one without: “wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2); as well as piety, which was added to bring the list to seven.”

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The Bible’s fruits of the Holy Spirit.There are nine biblically-based fruits of the Holy Spirit as given by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).”

The traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are 12 traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit, some which overlap the biblical list: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long-suffering, humility or gentleness, fidelity or faithfulness, modesty, continence or self-control and chastity.”

Learning Through Art

Pentecost Art Project–A Template for a Flame

“Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.”  Source:  “Pentecost Mass During the Day”

Children’s Samples:

Click on image and follow prompts for printing on your home printer.

This template for was created by Graphic Artist, Kim N. Buckley, and was printed on watercolor paper for the First Holy Communion students I taught a few years ago. Your child can use any type of art supplies you have at home to decorate this coloring page, and the template can be also drawn free-hand.

Suggested Family Activity–

This week is the last week of the “Curriculum” section of until SSU starts again with the new school year. However, the art and enrichment posts will continue and the focus will be on Catholic Bible stories.  Summer Bible school art will be fun and there will be no homework until the new school year starts again. Happy Summer!