When have you experienced the Spirits’ guidance and inspiration?
- The peace of Christ is in my heart. I can see it in ___________________________________.
- The peace of Christ is in my family. I can see it in ___________________________________.
- The peace of Christ is in my parish. I can see it in
- The peace of Christ is in my world. I can see it in ___________________________________.
Celebrating the SpiritThis is a day to celebrate and thank the Holy Spirit for all our unique and wonderful gifts.
Using any available materials, make large red or orange Pentecost symbols (paper tongues of fire, kites or windsocks, decorated balloons or pinwheels) to be displayed outdoors.
On each symbol write three gifts of the Spirit you have been given for the common good.
If possible, attach your symbols to dowels or streamers. Carry them in an outdoor procession, relay race, or circle dance.
Fruits of the SpiritOn the feast of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.
In the second reading, Saint Paul lists the fruits of the Spirit. Explain to the children that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will show these fruits in our lives. Saint Paul tells us that these fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Discuss with the children what each of these mean.
Gather nine pieces of construction paper. Write one fruit of the Spirit on each piece. Make a circle with nine chairs. On each chair place one piece of the construction paper. Select nine children. Have them walk around the chairs as music is playing. When the music stops, have them each sit in a chair and claim the fruit listed on the construction paper. Then go around the circle and encourage each child to say what he or she can do to show how to share this fruit of the Spirit. Continue this until all children have had a turn being in the circle.
Sharing the Fruits of the SpiritHave children illustrate the fruits of the Spirit. Give each child a piece of paper. Have the children choose one of the fruits of the Spirit. Encourage them to draw or write about how they can share this fruit of the Spirit.
On the prayer table, place a large bowl. Have the children place their drawings in the bowl. Encourage the children to give thanks for these fruits.