Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 112/5.14.23

Happy Mother's Day!

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ask for a blessing upon all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and those who care for children with a mother's love.

A REMINDER: Thursday, May 18 is a Holy Day of Obligation. It is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord which happens 40 days after Easter Sunday. Check with your parish for the Holy Day schedule!


All are invited to the NYS Eucharistic Congress, October 20-22, in Auriesville, NY. Families may register individually to attend this special event, or contact your parish to see about plans! Follow the website below to keep abreast of all details surrounding this exciting opportunity!



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:

Family Dinner Discussions about the Sunday Scriptures:

On Pentecost Weekend, 5/28, the readings 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? If you could speak any language what would it be?


After the Ascension of Jesus, Mary and the disciples waited and prayed for the Holy Spirit, in the Upper Room for nine days! Our prayer style, the Novena, is derived from this moment in the history of our faith. Novenas help us to persevere in prayer. As a family, write nine things you fervently pray for this year. Keep that prayer list as part of your family prayer until Ascension returns in 2024.

Try this Holy Spirit Cryptogram from


Ascension Thursday


Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with this delicious dessert recipe: Heavenly Delight!

This is a great recipe for cooking in the kitchen together as a family!

Make Mom a Beautiful Flowering Tree!

Try this easy "quilling" craft from Projects with Kids!


Pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit from the day after Ascension Thursday to Pentecost and imagine yourself in the Upper Room with the disciples!


Experiment with WIND in honor of the Holy Spirit!


We all know that May is a month devoted to Mary, it is also the month in which St. Rita, a patron saint of parenthood, difficult marriages and impossible cases is honored. St. Rita's feast day is May 22.

Rita led a difficult life embroiled in a violent rivalry between two families in her village, but she is remembered as a healer, reconciler, and peacemaker. St. Rita taught those around her that peace in the world begins with the message of forgiveness and reconciliation we learn from the life of Jesus. Peace in our world begins with each one of us. May St. Rita inspire us to be healers and peacemakers; St. Rita, pray for us!

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As we approach Pentecost, our thoughts turn to the Holy Spirit. The Book of Galatians tells us: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

– Galatians 5:22-23

When we let God's grace enter our lives through the Holy Spirit, great attributes come to life in our personalities. Patience is often one of the most difficult character traits for we humans to perfect. In Remy the Rhino Learns Patience by Andy McGuire, we learn about a rhino who is constantly letting his anger and frustration get the best of him. When an unfortunate event happens, Remy is forced to accept the help of others and learn patience in finding a solution to the problem! This is a great book to connect to the Fruits of the Spirit and to talk about our behaviors that might be impatient. It's a perfect jumping off point to chat about strategies for staying calm, redirecting our bad behaviors and inviting the Holy Spirit into our moments of frustration!


Jesus promised the Holy Spirit's presence as a guide, comforter and teacher. When we accept this amazing gift of God's love, we grow in holiness.

  • When did I feel God's love this week?
  • When did I share God's love with others?
  • Where did I see you being kind this week? Humble? Modest? Peaceful? Chat about how you saw the Fruits of the Spirit in one another!
  • What fruits do I hope to nurture in my life?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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