Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church!

* Since this is such a special feast, I thought I would re-post my planning post from the past two years, updating it with a couple more book and menu suggestions, as well as a few of our pictures from past years... Here is the updated version!

The feast of Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, ranks among the great feasts of Christianity. "It commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event: the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations."

Here is a list of ideas that could be done for this day!

(Disclaimer: We will not get to all of these (more like just a few!), but I thought I would share the ideas with you just the same!)

Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Ghost, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Ghost we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


  • You can find a list of ideas I posted last year over at Catholic Cuisine.
  • Since Pentecost is also known as "Whitsunday," and one tradition is to serve white foods.  Last year we had powdered sugar doughnuts and white hot chocolate with breakfast and an afternoon snack of milk and Macaroons.
  • Amy's family always enjoys Holy Ghost Sopas.
  • Set the table with a red tablecloth and white plates.
  • Another dinner suggestion is to serve Cornish Game Hens (representing the Dove), Pasta Alfredo (white), and Cauliflower (white).
  • Here is a link to all the posts at Catholic Cuisine labeled Pentecost.
  • You could also go with a "Red-Hot Theme" for dinner this year.  Examples would include: fiery hot food, food cooked over flames, and any other food that is red.   Perhaps even the Phoenix-Tailed Shrimp which happens to be one of the suggestions for the final Good Shepherd's Garden Party!
  • Make Holy Spirit Crackers, like the ones inspired by Alice from our Easter Tea.
  • For dessert, A Cake for Pentecost, complete with the mighty wind to blow out the candles. This is such a hit each year, and I plan on making it again!

Our cake is a white cake with white frosting since Pentecost is also known as Whitsunday. (Red Velvet would also work nicely, as Robina suggested at Catholic Cuisine last year.) The large candle in center represents Christ our Light, who promised to send the Holy Ghost, and the 12 smaller white candles represent the 12 Apostle and the tongues of fire. The 7 red hearts represent the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost, and the 12 strawberries, placed around the cake, represent the 12 fruits of the Holy Ghost. After we light the candles we sing Happy Birthday to the Church, and then the children blow out the candles with a "mighty wind!"

Our children LOVE this tradition! 


Copy work:

My Lord and My God!
--traditional Eucharistic exclamation.


Who Has The Fire?
Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.
Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.
Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”.

I hope you have a blessed Pentecost Sunday!

(Scroll through all past Pentecost posts here.) 

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