Week Thirty-Five–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: USCCB.org  “Pentecost Mass During the Day”

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!

For Parents to Teach to Their Children

We Learn Through Reading

Source: USCCB.org

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.'”

“Come Holy Spirit!”

Source: Lisa Reno MagnifiKid! May 20, 2018 Vol. 15. Part 6. Section 4 Page 3

“The Holy Spirit helps us understand God’s Word and to live God’s own life because he is the Spirit of Love. God sends the Spirit to be our guide here on earth now that Jesus has gone to heaven. The Holy Spirit will always accompany you if you ask him each day: ‘Come Holy Spirit! Come, Spirit of God! Visit me and stay with me.”

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

Source: MagnifiKid! May 20, 2018 Vol. 15. Part 6. Section 4 Page 4

“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: USCCB.org  “Pentecost Mass During the Day”

Children’s Samples:

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

This template for SundaySchoolUpdates.com was created by Graphic Artist, Kim N. Buckley, and was printed on watercolor paper for the First Holy Communion students I taught last year. 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 Homework

Next week will be the last week of the “Curriculum” section of SundaySchoolUpdates.com 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. It will be filled with art ideas and there will be no homework until the new school year starts again. Happy Summer!

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