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A FEW BRIEF DIRECTIONS

If you have young children who have attended Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our parish, a lot of this format will be very familiar to them! But if not, don’t worry, because we’ve gathered all the resources you’ll need. Below is a suggested order to move through the material.
  1. Read the opening prayer and Gospel reading together as a family. Each week, the Gospel will be presented here in language that is easy for kids to understand.
  2. Watch the videos in the “Let’s Learn More” section to dive deeper into the Gospel reading.
  3. Profess your faith with this “question & answer version” of the Nicene Creed then offer up the prayer intentions (don’t forget to add a few of your own).
  4. Music break! Have fun singing and dancing to some music that relates to the week’s lessons.
  5. Continue learning and growing with the activities provided to help you keep the Faith@Home going all week long! They can be done in any order to help fit into your family’s schedule.

JOIN US IN PRAYER

(We’ve included the first reading this week, from the Acts of the Apostles, because it really helps us all understand a little bit more about the events of Pentecost.)

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020: PENTECOST

God of all people, thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit to us and the whole church. Through the power of your Spirit, may we tell the whole world about Jesus; forgive those who have hurts, as we have been forgiven; and live a happy life, doing all that you want us to do. We pray this prayer through Jesus, your Son, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

FIRST READING: ACTS 2:1-8, 11b

On the day of Pentecost, the believers were gathered together in one room. All of a sudden they heard a sound like a strong wind that seemed to fill the whole house. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire coming and resting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and immediately they started to speak in other languages.
At that time, there were visitors in Jerusalem who had come from all over the world. They were amazed because they heard the believers speaking in so many languages. They said,
“How are they able to speak like this? Aren’t all of these people from Galilee? Yet we can all hear them telling in our own languages about the great things God has done.”

GOSPEL READING: JOHN 20:19-23

In the evening, the disciples were gathered in a room. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the people who had crucified Jesus. Jesus came into the room and said,
“Peace be with you!”
Then he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord. Jesus said again,
“Peace be with you!”
Then he breathed on the disciples and said to them,
“I give you the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

LET’S LEARN MORE

Here is a great video explaining Pentecost!
Follow along as we re-create the experience of Pentecost at home! You may want to consider completing Activities 1 & 2 below before watching this video.

WE PROFESS OUR FAITH TOGETHER:

Do you believe that God made you, loves you and calls you by name? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and came to teach us how to live and how to love? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus suffered and died on a cross, and that three days later he rose from the dead? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus comes to us in the Holy Eucharist under the form of Bread and Wine? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus will come some day and take us to heaven to live with Him forever? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and helps us to live the way Jesus wants us to live? Yes, I believe!

THIS IS WHAT OUR CHURCH TEACHES AND WHAT WE BELIEVE, SO WE ALL SAY,

AMEN!

FOR WHOM SHALL WE PRAY?

Now let’s pray together and ask God for help and thank Him for all of His blessings.
For all priests, especially Fr. Schultz and Fr. Bolek, that they always follow God, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all those affected by COVID-19: those who are ill, and those who are caring for them; those who are working on the front lines; and those who are struggling with the changes currently taking place, we pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of countries all around the world, that they work together to bring peace, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For our family members and friends who may be sick or suffering, that they may find strength in Jesus, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all of our families’ personal intentions, that God will hear them and answer their prayers according to His will, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.

Holy God, our most loving Father, draw us close to you, that we may praise you in all our actions and words. Help us to be faithful. Hear our prayers and grant them as you will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

LET’S PRAISE HIM WITH SONG!

Time to get up and move and praise God through song and dance!

WAYS TO GROW IN FAITH THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AHEAD:

Activity #1: Holy Spirit Flame Bookmark
Activity #2: Holy Spirit Wind Pipe
Activity #3: Pentecost Coloring Pages
Activity #4: Pentecost Puzzles

May is the Month of Mary, so here are some fun activities to honor our Blessed Mother.

Mary Garden Cutout
Pray the Rosary Worksheet

BE A PART OF FAITH@HOME!

We would LOVE to see pictures of your domestic church in action! Email us pictures of your family, projects and artwork you’ve completed, prayer requests, etc. and we will post some on this webpage and the St. Patrick Church of Merna Facebook page!

If you don’t want your submissions posted, that’s okay too! Just be sure to let us know.

Send all submissions (or feel free to just say hi!) to Jenny Cook at jenny@stpatrickmerna.org

We miss you so much, and can’t wait to see everyone back at church soon!