• "Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love—difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness - Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events—to the heart that loves, all is well."
  • - St. Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Celebrating Pentecost With Family

We are all still under ECQ and just like Easter, our family will be celebrating Pentecost inside our home. I have planned a few activities and a simple menu to make this church feast memorable and meaningful. Teo and I will again go live on my FB page to do some Pentecost Arts and Crafts. Let me share what Tatay and Noli planned but first a little information about Pentecost to share with the family during the course of the season.

PENTECOST is a celebrated on the 49th day (or Seventh Sunday) after Easter. It is when the Holy Spirit Descended on the apostles. It is the birthday of the church! The word Pentecost is a Greek word meaning 50th day. At mass, the priest wears red vestments. 

Teo's acrylic painting of the Descent of The Holy Spirit, 2019

Reading of the Gospel: Everyday, when we are about to finish breakfast, I read the Gospel for the day and each one of us tries to narrate back what we heard. Teo will say a few phrases - verbatim, and then add a couple of sentences in his own words. I am next and then it is Tatay Noli's turn. 

On Sunday, we will do the same thing we always do. I think its a good activity to listen to God's word as a family first thing on this day as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples[a] were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.[b] The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 [c][Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 [d]And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. 23 [e]Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

-Jn. 20:1--23

You may also read the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) as a family. We plan to do this before lunch time after we pray the Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven); wearing the tongues of fire hats we made last year.

I also read a loud a short poem and we sing (or learn) a hymn during morning basket. I have chosen to read The Golden Sequence or "Veni Sancte Spiritus", it  is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost and its octave, exclusive of the following Sunday. (source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veni_Sancte_Spiritus)

I have made a poster so we can recite it everyday for the whole week. You can download and print a copy for yourself here.

Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Spirit

 Arts & Crafts. Last year, our family made tongues of fire hats. You can find the materials and how to make it, here.

Click here to go to Tongues of Fire Hat activity

Tongues of fire hats
This year we are going to make a Gifts of the Holy Spirit craft. Join us as we go live on the EIG FB page at 11am Arabian Time. The materials you need to prepare can be found here.

Click here to go to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit activity

Food. We will have pancakes for breakfast. I will just stick a candle on a stack of pancakes and light it. Then, we will s├Čng the happy birthday song for all of us, the Church.
 For our lunch, I will make spaghetti (which is red, to represent fire) with lots of cheese on top (which is yellow, another color of fire). I will use tuna in water for the meat and will also add minced green and red bell pepper to the sauce. I usually use canned plum tomatoes and half a brick of tomato paste to make the sauce for 800g pack of pasta. Five to 6 cloves of minced garlic and an onion goes into the sauce too. Our family loves garlic. 

Here's another version of a red sauce pasta recipe. Cooked by Johanna, the youngest daughter of our good friends in the community, Mccoy and Lhenne.

Here is where I get some of the activities we do and recipes we cook during feasts.

Here is where our family got some amazing Pentecost activities in the past years.

And the most important. Don't forget to attend TV mass with your family.

Share the love!
Dont forget to tag @everythingisgodsgift or @teacherweena on your photos of your crafts and on FB and @everythngsgrace and @teacherweena on Instagram.
You may also send me photos on my inbox and I will feature them on my wall.

God bless you!


Gifts of the Holy Spirit Craft Activity

We are doing this craft activity live on my FB page on the morning of Pentecost Sunday. At 11am Arabian Time.

You will need to prepare some materials ahead, so here they are:
Colored paper
White paper
Colored Markers

Note: if you don't have access to a printer and cannot print the Holy Spirit template,  not to worry. I will demonstrate how to draw and cut it when we go live.

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