This week is all about Holidays and Holydays – and we’ll be thinking about two days that are coming up, Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday!
In our Music Resource we will think about the holiday we have during every week – the weekend!
Our Picture Resource will then help us to think about the holydays throughout the year as you have the chance to match the picture to the holyday.
Our Action and our Scripture Resource will help us to think about Pentecost Sunday and to think about the helper that Jesus sent us – the Holy Spirit – and how we can pass on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Our Video Resource will give you the opportunity to think about a holy day that will take place on 22nd May – the feast day of Saint Rita of Cascia. You will have the opportunity to get to know a bit more about her and her determination!
During the week think about how you spend your time – do you make days holy by making time for God? And when you have a holiday do you use your time wisely to share love and joy to those around you?
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
Every week we have a mini holiday from school – listen to the song below to know “what were talkin’ about”!
What days are in the weekend?
What do you do at the weekend?
When would you go to Mass at Church during the weekend?
Why do you think the weekend is at the start and the end of the week?
The week begins on a Sunday because it is God’s special day and it reminds us that everything that we have comes from God and is a gift.
This is why we have a special celebration of Mass on a Sunday (or on a Saturday night), to begin our week in a special way and to ask God to help us with the things that we need.
Please help us Lord to have happy and safe weekends where we make time to praise you and to thank you for all that you have given us.
Click here for the Picture Resource
Holydays are when we remember and celebrate something very important in our faith.
Below are some of the Holydays of Obligation in the Catholic Church in the UK – this means that we should go to Mass on these days.
Click through the pictures below and see if you can match the right holyday to the right image below!
The Birth of the Lord (25 December)
The Epiphany of the Lord (6 January)
The Ascension of the Lord (Sunday of the 7th Week of Easter)
The Body and Blood of Christ (Sunday 23rd June)
Mary, Mother of God (1 January)
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (8 December)
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven (15 August)
Joseph, Husband of the Virgin Mary (19 March)
Peter and Paul, apostles (29 June)
All Saints (1 November)
Please help us Lord to celebrate special holydays with respect.
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Pentecost is a holy day. It is the day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples.
Jesus gave this message to His disciples before He ascended into Heaven:
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
John 14: 26
We are all filled with the Holy Spirit which gives us the gifts of:
Awe and wonder
Talk in small groups and think about what all of these gifts are.
As we all have the Holy Spirit within us we should share it, just as we share God’s love for us.
Draw a picture of a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It could be a tongue of fire, it could be a gust of wind or it could be a dove.
Decide who you will share the Spirit with. You could do this with others in your Class or you could share it around the whole school or even your family and friends outside of school.
Once you have decided write some special words that you would like to share onto the symbol that you have drawn. You might like to say thank you or well done for something amazing that that person has done.
When you have finished pass your symbol of the Spirit on so that it is shared with others. Remember that all of your words and actions are an opportunity to share the Spirit with others.
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The special holyday for the feast of Saint Rita of Cascia is the 22nd May.
The video below tells you lots about her life and how she was a person who never gave up, even though things could be very difficult.
What did Rita want to be?
What sort of things did Rita do to be a better person?
What sort of example did Rita set with her actions?
Rita showed great determination and courage because even when things seemed very difficult and almost impossible she still had faith and trusted in God.
Please help us Lord to be determined like Saint Rita and to trust in you.
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Every Sunday is a holyday but in 3 weeks it will be a special solemnity – Pentecost!
Read the scripture below and then watch the video to find out what this is all about!
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!” Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”
Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
Acts 1: 1-12 , 43-47
How many days are there between the Last Supper/ the Passover celebrations and Pentecost?
How do you think the disciples were feeling after Jesus had ascended into heaven?
What did it look like when the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples?
What were the disciples able to do after the Holy Spirit came down upon them?
What did Peter say to the 3,000 people who were listening that made them want to become Christians?
Pentecost is a very important time in the Church’s year because we celebrate Jesus sending us a helper.
The Holy Spirit helps us everyday in everything that we do. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity which is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – 1 God in 3 persons.
Take some time to say a prayer to the Holy Spirit and to ask for help with the things that you find difficult from the helper that Jesus sent to us.