The Family Zone

The Feast of Pentecost/Issue 9/May 31, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE CHURCH!

Veni, Sancte Spiritus...Come Holy Spirit!

At Mass this weekend, you may have noticed something different between the Second Reading and the Gospel. At the Mass on Pentecost, we include the Golden Sequence, a sacred Latin hymn and beautiful prayer of praise to the Holy Spirit. Learn more about the Holy Spirit in this week's issue of The Family Zone!

Thank you for sharing faith with your family and building your domestic church.



NOTE TO PARENTS: Stay with us through the summer months as we shift to Summer with the Saints, fun family challenges, at home VBS ideas and more!! The Family Zone Summer Edition begins June 14!

Pentecost in 2 Minutes

MAKING GOSPEL CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR FAMILY on the FEAST OF PENTECOST

Peace be with you!

This Sunday's gospel can be found at: http://cms.usccb.org/bible/readings/053120-day.cfm


Discuss the following with your family:


1. The readings this weekend talk about people being able to speak in many languages but also understanding one another. How does this reading help us to think about the many differences in humanity and the beauty of what we share in common as well as what is different about each one of us? How can we learn to understand one another better?

2. If you could speak any language what would it be? Maybe you would like to learn a little of a foreign language you've never tried this summer; there are free apps to help your process!

3. There are seven gifts connected to the Holy Spirit. What are your gifts?

4. In today's Gospel Jesus says "Peace be with you!" How can you be more peaceful and peace-filled with your family, friends and neighbors?

LET'S PRAY

There are few prayers directed toward the Holy Spirit in our traditional prayer. This one, is connected to the Pentecost Mass. It can be a beautiful way to invite the Holy Spirit into your life. Follow the link to learn the prayer and read more about the Holy Spirit:

https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers/prayers-every-catholic-should-know/prayer-to-the-holy-spirit/

SACRAMENTAL LIVING

Confirmation is the completion of our initiation into the Church. Initiation began at Baptism, but it is sealed and finalized with Confirmation. Through laying on of hands and anointing with the Sacred Chrism, a bishop is able to seal a person’s baptism in the Holy Spirit – the same Holy Spirit that came upon the Apostles at Pentecost. To read more about the Sacrament of Confirmation, click on the pdf below!

CATECHESIS CONNECTION

The early church needed a guide. Jesus had promised a new advocate - the Holy Spirit. We are told in the Acts of the Apostles that the disciples are empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Church formed officially when the Holy Spirit inspired them to preach to anyone who would listen and grew the Church by thousands.

READ MORE ABOUT PENTECOST IN THIS WEEK'S CATECHESIS CONNECTION PDF

SUPPORTING THE FOUNDATION

Do you need help, assisting your child in processing his or her feelings over the pandemic?

Please watch the video as introduction to the PDF document that will help you to have those difficult conversations with your child, whatever their age. The first speaker, Roy Petitfils, is our guest presenter for the upcoming webinar advertised below! The second speaker, Mary Beth Eberhard, brings into the conversaiton a wonderful idea: Who are the people that you think might be feeling the most lost right now? Hear about her family's approach to facing their own sadness by acts of love for their loneliest classmates and neighbors.

Let's talk...Processing Feelings

Coronavirus Anxiety and Our Young People: How to Help Them Cope

Wednesday, June 3rd, 5-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Join us for an exclusive presentation for parents and ministry professionals, sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, with national author, speaker and counselor Roy Petitfils.

Roy has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as a minister, teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He has authored several books including: Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders and is a TEDx talks speaker as well as presenter of workshops on teens around the country.

CLICK ON REGISTER HERE BUTTON BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

WHO WANTS ICE CREAM? This warmer weather has us thinking summer treats! Why not make some to celebrate the birthday of the church? You could even create a "make your own sundae bar" complete with some cinnamon candies to include a little Pentecost spice!


GET MOVING!

Around this time each year, some schools have field days! This week, create your own field day at home! Challenge some neighbors or some friends or family from a far! Here are some ideas for competition:

  • Water balloon toss
  • Balancing act (lay down and have a family member put a half-full cup of water on your forehead. Try to sit up without spilling or using your hands!)
  • Hula Hoop Marathon (who can last the longest?!)
  • Freeze Dance competition (when the music stops, FREEZE! The first person to move is out!)

Create!

On a nice day this week, get outside to do a craft! See some fun suggestions below!:

LINKS FOR FURTHER LEARNING, FAITH AND FUN

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Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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