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May 17, 2020

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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

JN 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him."


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St. Vincent Pallotti (Feast Day January 22)


St Vincent Pallotti was born in 1795 in Rome. It is said that he was struggling with his studies, so his mother told him to ask the Holy Spirit for help. After he prayed a novena to the Holy Spirit, he became a great student! St. Vincent Pallotti became a priest who cared for souls and devoted himself completely to God. He was even known to bi-locate to be able to serve more people at one time.


Take time to chat

• What is it like to be loved by God?

• Which of the 10 commandments is most challenging to you?

• In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come, but that the world doesn’t know him yet and can’t see him. Is that still the case today? Why or why not?


Recipe of the week


One image of the Holy Spirit is fire, so why not make a sweet dessert over flame?

Put a large marshmallow on a metal skewer and then hold over a heated flame. You can use a fire pit, a grill, or even a gas burner on your stove. Parents may need to do this step! Be sure to follow fire-safety precautions with the flame. Once the marshmallow is cooked enough for your liking, put it between two graham crackers to make a sandwich. You can add a piece of chocolate, a peanut-butter and chocolate candy, or a mint chocolate candy on the sandwich as well! Get as creative as you want!


Family Fun

Family Movie Night

Pick a movie that the whole family will enjoy, and have
a family movie night. It could be a favorite movie from childhood or something brand new that no one has ever seen. Get some pillows, blankets, snacks, and enjoy!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Creator Spirit, Come and bless us with your heavenly grace.

You are called by the names of Paraclete, Gift of God Most High, Spring of Life, Fire, Love, and the Soul’s Anointing. You are the finger of the Father’s right hand. You are the clear promise of the Father. Give our human tongues the grace of inspired speech. Kindle your Light in our minds, pour Your Love into our hearts, and uphold with Your Unfailing Strength the frailty of our human nature. Drive our enemy far from us and give us your gift of peace. Ever guiding us, may we be always the stewards of Your Love.

Grant that through You, Most Holy Spirit, we may know the Father and the Son, and our faith professing, God Three in One. Holy Spirit of Love, teach us that stewardship is the disciple’s response. Amen.

Adapted from the International Catholic Stewardship Council 2006 Conference Prayer

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