Saturday, May 14, 2016

Celebrate the Holy Spirit!

Pentecost is the Birthday of the Church! How grateful we are to God for sending us the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, to be with us always!

Celebrate the Holy Spirit! Here are a few suggestions:

Have a Birthday Party for the Birthday of the Church, complete with cake and ice cream! Use Scriptural napkins:

Buy Beautiful Scripture Napkins with Bible Verses. Pink, Yellow, Lavender, Aqua, White. 1.95
Verses read:
Whether You Eat or Drink, Whatever You Do, Do All to the Glory of God (white)
I Can Do All Things IN Christ Who Strengthens Me (lavender)
This the Day the Lord Has Made, Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It (aqua)
As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord (yellow)
Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name, There Am I in the Midst (pink)
Buy 2 or more and get a bulk discount.
Buy Napkins on this link.

Learn more about the action of the Holy Spirit.  Read No Spirit, No Church!, an intriguing account of how the Holy Spirit brings about renewal in individuals and parishes.

By Father John Randall, STD (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Koinonia Enterprises, 2009). 9.95
Father John Randall has been involved in the Charismatic Renewal since its beginning. He has had many experiences regarding the Holy Spirit's role in the Church as well as first hand experience on what happens when the Spirit is excluded from religious formation. All too often Catholics can think that they are doing the work of the Holy Spirit when they are really doing their own work. What is not of the Spirit is doomed to failure; what is of the Spirit cannot be suppressed.
No Spirit, No Church is Father Randall's personal journey as a Roman Catholic priest. The book is filled with stories of conversion, including Father Randall's, and of anecdotes that show how the Holy Spirit is moving in the Church and how He wants to move.
Father Randall drives home the point that the Holy Spirit's role is to glorify Jesus. Jesus is Lord! That truth must be recognized and taught if the Church is to grow. Being relevant to the world all too often means conforming to the world. It means, as Father Randall points out, that the Church is not so much in the world as that the world is in the Church. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit brings hope. Even as God purifies the Church until the true followers and believers remain, those embracing the truths of the faith will grow stronger through adversity. Father Randall sees our age as similar to the one in which St. Francis of Assisi lived, and he sees God calling us in the same way that He called St. Francis. "Go and rebuild My Church which, as you can see, is falling into ruin."
Father Randall does not sugarcoat what is happening in the Church today, nor does he fall into despair or discouragement. The Holy Spirit is still in charge. This book will give the reader hope that God is moving in a world that largely ignores Him. We have to put our finger to the wind, as Father Randall says, and see where He is active. He may be closer than we suspect.
No Spirit, No Church is Father Randall's personal journey as a Roman Catholic priest. The book is filled with stories of conversion, including Father Randall's, and of anecdotes that show how the Holy Spirit is moving in the Church.

Pray a Novena to the Holy Spirit.

Novena to the Holy Spirit Prayer Booklet (1.85)
Contains a Nine Day Novena to the Holy Spirit with each day devoted to praying for one of the Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fear, Piety, and Fortitude perfect the Will and Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, and Knowledge perfect the intellect. The short catechism on the Holy Spirit explains the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments especially connected with reception of the Holy Spirit.
Novena to the Holy Spirit prayer booklet. With a short catechism on the Holy Spirit. By Divine Word Missionary Rev. Lawrence Lovasik, SVD. Illustrated.

Teach Children about the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Children's Picture Book. 1.50.
The Holy Spirit in the life of Christ and the early Church. How the Holy Spirit comes to us in the Sacrament. The effects of the Holy Spirit in giving us grace. Prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirt and Consecration to the Holy Spirit. Buy any 4 books in any combination of titles in the Children's Books--St. Joseph Edition category (SKU begins with SJ) and get a fifth book of your choice free. Unlimited use.
Display a Cross about the Holy Spirit
Ceramic look and feel. Has a whole in the back of cross for hanging purposes. Approximately 8" tall by 5" wide. FREE SHIPPING. 12.95 Limited quantity.
Wear a medal of the Holy Spirit
Circular Holy Spirit Medal--oxidized silver. Bulk prices available. 75c

Distribute Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Prayer to the Holy Spirit, Laminated prayer card. 1.00
Buy laminated prayer cards (SKU contains letters RR) in any quantity and any combination, and every fifth card is free of charge.

Holy Spirit Prayer Card on this link.

Happy Pentecost!

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