Appearance to the Disciples

May 23, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

ACTS 2:1-11 PS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 1 COR 12:3B-7, 12-13 or GAL 5:16-25

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JN 20:19-23 or JN 15:26-27; 16:12-15

On the evening of that first day of the week,

when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,

for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood in their midst

and said to them, "Peace be with you."

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you."

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

"Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,

and whose sins you retain are retained."


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St. Joan of Arc (Feast Day May 30)

January 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431

Joan was born to pious parents of the French peasant class near the province of Lorraine. When Joan was only twelve years old, the great miracle of her life unfolded. One summer day, she heard a mysterious voice, which was accompanied by a bright light. She identified the speaker as Michael the Archangel. He spoke to her many times, gradually revealing a mission. “You have been chosen to restore the kingdom of France,” said the voice, “and to protect King Charles.” She was to accomplish these things as the head of the army! In obedience, Joan offered her services to the commander of the royal forces. After telling the commander a fact that could have only been known by revelation, he was persuaded to take her seriously and outfitted her with white armor adorned with the names of Jesus and Mary.

During the Hundred Years War, Joan led French troops against the English and recaptured the cities of Orléans and Troyes. This enabled Charles VII to be crowned as king in Reims in 1429. Captured near Compiegne the following year, Joan was sold to the English and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. The English resented France’s military success–to which Joan contributed.

Although Joan is most remembered for her military exploits, she had a great love for the sacraments, which strengthened her compassion toward the poor. Popular devotion to her increased greatly in 19th-century France and later among French soldiers during World War I.

Joan was burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically motivated trial. A second Church trial 25 years later nullified the earlier verdict. Joan was a martyr, but not in the technical sense. She was killed for her politics, not for her faith. She died because she did what she thought God wanted her to do. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.


Take time to chat

·       What’s the difference between the peace that Jesus gives and the peace the world gives?

·       Who is the Holy Spirit?

·       What is different about someone who allows the Holy Spirit to work in their life?

·       How was the Holy Spirit at work in the life of St. Joan or Arc?


Recipe of the week

Rosemary’s Chocolate Cake

Make this cake to celebrate the birthday of the Church this Pentecost! Light some birthday candles to remind you of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in tongues of fire. Sing “Happy Birthday” together!

2 cups sifted flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

2 cups sugar

½ tsp. salt

4 rounded Tbsp. cocoa powder

2 cups hot water

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour, baking powder, soda, sugar salt and cocoa together. Add hot water, oil, eggs and vanilla and beat until all incorporated (batter will be very runny). Bake in heavy 9x13 pan (stoneware is best) at 350 F for 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.                                                                                                  


Family Fun

Fruit of the Spirit

The Bible says, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). Write down each of these "fruits" on different slips of paper. Gather different kinds of fruit, at least as many as the members of your family. Flip over the paper slips and mix them around. Pair an actual fruit with each fruit of the Spirit and have each family member choose one. Eat the real fruit, and whichever fruit of the Spirit you've chosen can be taped to your bedroom door. In the year ahead, ask the Holy Spirit to help cultivate that fruit in your heart!

Submitted by the Spizarny Family from the National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine and Prayer for a New Pentecost

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in your life personally with the prayer from St. Augustine. Then, pray for our Archdiocese with the Prayer for a New Pentecost

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

Prayer for a New Pentecost

Father in heaven, renew your wonders in our time, as though by a new Pentecost and grant that your holy Church in Detroit, praying perseveringly and insistently with one mind, together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and guided by Sts. Joseph and Anne, may increase the reign of the Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The priests says, “The Lord be with you!” What do we say in response?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Red is the liturgical color for Pentecost. Invite each family member to wear red to Mass today.

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Fun Facts!

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The Monday after Pentecost is the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, which Pope Francis declared in 2018. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!