Sunday, June 12, 2011

Celebrating Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church!

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

~ White treats after Mass on "Whitsunday" ~

White Powdered Sugar Donuts

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, representing the Trinity

~ Pentecost Side Dishes ~

Twelve Fruit Salad in honor of the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit
This year our salad included:  Kiwi, Red Raspberries, Black Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Red Grapes, Green Grapes, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Peaches, Nectarines, and Apricots.

7 Layer Dip in honor of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Beans, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Cheese, Green Onions & Olives

These both were perfect for with our BBQ'd Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. 

~ Our Cake for Pentecost ~

Our annual Pentecost Cake is always topped with 13 candles, representing Christ our Light and the 12 Apostles and their tongues of fire, and Seven Red Hearts, representing the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit.   It is also surrounded by 12 strawberries, representing the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

After singing Happy Birthday to the Church, the kids blew out the candles with a "mighty wind."

Unlike last year, our little Rose was very interested in creating the mighty wind herself this year! 



  1. Your cake is awesome! I love the 7 Layer Dip and the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit Salad.

  2. Just year you'll have one more munchkin to help with that mighty wind!

    Everything looks lovely!

  3. Jessica, those photos of your children blowing out the candles are absolutely precious...Especially little Miss Rose with her mighty wind! I had forgotten how meaningful your cake is:) You have created some wonderful traditions!

  4. I loved all the food choices! I wanted to do a bbq today too, but we need a new outside grill.

    One of these years I'm going to make your birthday cake. It's not only beautiful, but so meaningful as well.

    What a blessed celebration!

  5. Wonderful pictures - I especially love the last one!

    Thanks for your Pentecost ideas. I ended up adapting your Pentecost windsock and it worked beautifully. Next year I think I'll do the seven layer dip and the fruit salad too - yum!

  6. What a perfect celebration!

    Little Rose is just precious like her big sisters and brothers :)

    I LOVE her little outfit (esp. that hat!!!) How Precious!

    Catholic Family Camp sounds fun too!

    Hope you are feeling well :)
    Love, Lori


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