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Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Solemnity of Pentecost

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the Catholic Faith and live the Catholic Faith as a family.

June 8th, 2019: The Solemnity of Pentecost: Acts 2:1-11, Psalm 104, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20:19-23 (Other readings may be an option in your region)


The first reading is the account of Pentecost from the Acts of the Apostles. The Holy Spirit descends upon the Church in a dramatic fashion: as a strong wind, as tongues of fire over each person, through the power to speak other languages to proclaim the Gospel, and giving the Church the courage to go out and spread the faith. The Psalm is a cry for the Spirit to descend today and renew the world. The second reading speaks of the Holy Spirit through Baptism giving us the ability for us to believe in Jesus and to use our gifts from God. The Gospel recounts not the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost but the first giving of the Holy Spirit at Easter, when Jesus gave the Spirit for the forgiveness of sins in Confession.


These readings provide an opportunity for exploring the Holy Spirit, and the Sacrament of Confirmation. “CCC” refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:


Parents or godparents can also put the catechetical content into action through various activities. Here are just a few examples:

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