Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 113/5.28.23

Blessings on the Feast of Pentecost!

Today is the day we mark the appearance of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, and the beginning of the Church! Happy Birthday!

Observe the day by enjoying cupcakes together or prepare an international meal to represent the many cultural groups that were gathered together in the first reading you will hear at Mass this weekend.

The Gospel for Pentecost ends with a focus on forgiveness, so in this edition, we talk about forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


"Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed." Great healing comes through the Eucharist, when we receive the Body of Christ. This is why we recite these important words from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 8:5-13. The words we say prior to going forward for communion are from the words of the centurion in this passage. The centurion asks Jesus to cure his serving boy who is sick at home. Jesus is ready to go to the centurion's home upon hearing his request, but the centurion refuses Jesus' offer. “”Sir,” the centurion said in reply, “I am not worthy to have you under my roof." As we say these words, we ask for forgiveness for the ways in which we have sinned and drawn ourselves away from God. God is always waiting for us to return, just like the Prodigal Son!



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the blue button below.

Sunday Readings:

Dinner Conversation from the Sunday Scriptures:

Within the second reading on Trinity Sunday (6/4) , we will hear the words: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." Where have we heard that phrase before? What do we say in return when we hear that phrase? See if you kids can recognize that phrase and then share what it means. If we have the grace of Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us, what does that look like in our lives? Have you seen God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, at work in your lives this week? What is the image of the Trinity you imagine when you are praying?


Use your Bible (you can find one online if you don't have a hard copy) to find out who needed forgiveness or gave forgiveness in these passages:


I ate among the pigs because I was desperate for food after going out on my own and squandering my money (Luke 15): _____________________________________

My father gave me a beautiful coat and my brothers were jealous. They sold me to slave traders! After many years, they came to my new home and I forgave them! (Genesis 45)


I denied my friend Jesus three times the night he was tried and crucified. Jesus forgave me. (Luke 22)



The Sacrament of Confession helps us to let go of the weight of sin!
The Sacrament of Confession - Brother Francis 04 clip


Talk about the power of forgiveness and letting go of bitterness with this object lesson from


The Examen is a prayer introduced by St. Ignatius hundreds of years ago. Through the Examen, you see God's presence at work in your day, consider your own failings and become witnesses to the way God expresses love to you and your family through those you encounter. Spend some time with this prayer for children and teens from the Diocese of San Jose!


Honor Memorial Day by helping today's veterans. Organizations like Honor Flight have many opportunities to get involved. Consider connecting with them or another local veteran's organization to make a difference in the lives of those who have served. It is a great witness to your kids to serve others as a family!


St. Maria Goretti was a poor Italian girl who was the victim of a horrible crime at age 11. Before she passed away, she expressed forgiveness to her attacker. Her attacker went to prison, and while he was there, he experienced a deep conversion. He sought forgiveness from Maria's mother and he was actually present at the canonization of St. Maria Goretti. While this is such a disturbing and extreme case, it is certainly a reminder to us that forgiveness is possible in even the darkest of circumstances. True beauty can come from our ability to forgive. St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

Giuseppe Brovelli-Soffredini, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


Jesus in Space: A True Story That's out of This World by Cecilia Cicone is a new release by Pauline Kids. This story is about astronaut Tom Jones and his experience on the space shuttle Endeavor. As we learn about Tom's adventure in preparing to go to space, we also hear about his reliance on his faith, his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and even enjoy a personal note from Tom about staying close to God as you follow your dreams. This is a great story for kids who love all things space and it helps to bridge the gap for those who don't believe science and faith can coexist!

Things to talk about: Tom was nervous about his very important job. He invited God into his experience through prayer. When can you invite God into the events of your life? As a family, can we spend more time in prayer as we make big decisions or undergo transitions?

What dreams do you have? Do you ever pray to God about your dreams?


We know that God is a merciful and loving God.

  • Does God always know when I do something wrong?
  • How come human beings make mistakes so easily?
  • What mistakes do I keep making over and over? How can I stop that?
  • When I make mistakes and say sorry, do I feel sorry? What does it feel like to be sorry for something?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

Missed the previous editions of our newsletter?

answers to the WRITE section:

1. The Prodigal Son

2. Joseph

3. Peter