Sunday School–Week Twenty-Nine–The Descent of the Spirit

“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”

For Parents to Teach to Their Children

We Learn Through Prayer

 Pray the Rosary, Announcing The Third Glorious Mystery,

“Descent of the Holy Spirit”


  1. “Make the Sign of the Cross saying ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’, and say the Apostles’ Creed: ‘I believe in God, the Father almighty creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.’”
  2. “Say the Our Father‘Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.’”
  3. “Say three Hail Marys for Faith, Hope, and Charity: ‘Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, Now and at the hour of our death. Amen.’ – 3 times.”
  4. Say the Glory Be: ‘Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.’”

“Announce ‘The Third Glorious Mystery – The Descent of the Holy Spirit’ and then say the Our Father.”

“Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.”

“Love of God”

“The Apostles and Mary were together in prayer. Acts 2:1
A sound from heaven filled the whole house. Acts 2:2
Suddenly tongues of fire rested on each of them. Acts 2:3
They were filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4
Men of every nation understood them in their own language. Acts 2:6
They were strengthened to preach the Gospel without fear. Acts 4:19
Peter declared: ‘God has made both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’ Acts 2:36
‘You are children of God because of your faith in Jesus.’ Gal. 3:26
‘Love one another.’ Jn. 15:12
‘Love your enemies.’ Mt. 5:44”

“Glory Be”
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

“Oh My Jesus”
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.”

We Learn Through Reading

Acts, chapter 2

“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

I found the design for the Holy Spirit and Flame on Pinterest.

Pentecost is the Birthday of the Catholic Church

The Liturgical Color for Pentecost is Red!


Pentecost–“A Strong Driving Wind”

Acts, Chapter 2  “The Coming of the Spirit.”
Source: USCCB.Org, Act 2:11

“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 Children

“Come Holy Spirit!”

Source: Lisa Reno MagnifiKid! June 9, 2019 Vol.16. Part 7. Section 3. Page 3

“Through his Holy Spirit, God accompanies us throughout our lives and actually lives inside each of us! This might be hard for us to believe. After all, we’ve never “seen or “heard” the Holy Spirit. However, if we use our eyes of faith, we can see lots of signs that the Spirit is present inside of us. Have you ever been afraid, but managed to find the courage to say or fo the right thing? That’s the work of the Holy Spirit. Have you started to fee sad about something, but then felt as if someone was comforting you? That is also the work of the Spirit. When Jesus returned to his father, he promised us that the Spirit of God would always be with us. The Holy Spirit is already helping us to share in the life of God. The Spirit helps us to be faithful to God’s word and to grow in patience, joy, and gentleness. He makes us children of God.”

MagnifiKid! Pentecost June 9, 2019
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.'”

Do you wonder why Jerusalem was filled with so many Jewish people at Pentecost?

“When the Apostles receive the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, why are there so many people in Jerusalem? At the time of Jesus, all the Jews came to Jerusalem from all over the world for Passover; Fifty days later, the Jews celebrated another feast: ‘Shavuot,’ which is the gift of the law from God to Moses on Mount Sinai. Many Jews remained in Jerusalem for this celebration. Because the Jews spoke many languages, the Spirit gave each Apostle the ability to speak in these languages so that they could proclaim the Good News to all the Jewish People.”

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.”

We Learn 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”

Click on image to enlarge 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 First Holy Communion students. 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.

For an additional art project, use watercolors on watercolor paper to create an impression of fire and flames.


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Twenty-Nine

This week, please read “Living Christ’s Way” Ephesians 6:13-18 from Catholic Book of Bible Stories Pages 200-203. Also please read the following message and prayer out loud:

“Faith to Grow”

“God wants us to act on the gifts of truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, and God’s Word. If we have those gifts, we become closer to him.”


“Lord, help me to be more like you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Amen

This portion of Ephesians 6:13-18 can also be found on the USCCB.Org or in your family Bible, or a Catholic Children’s Bible.