Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
June 1, 2004
Catechism of the Catholic Church - I believe in the Holy Spirit - Click on the article numbers to get a listing of passages related to each article. On the U.S. Catholic Bishops web site.
Links to images of Pentecost - An extensive listing of links to works of great painters on the Holy Spirit and Pentecost.
Prayers for Pentecost - liturgical and personal prayers, litanies, novenas to the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit And Mary - Article by Dwight P. Campbell - "An explanation of St. Maximillian Kolbe's Marian theology which reveals "the hidden relationship between the Spirit of God and the Virgin of Nazareth"..."
The Holy Spirit in the Sacraments - by Very Rev. Peter Stravinskas - "Let's look at how the Holy Spirit acts in each of the sacraments. "
From Spirit to Holy Spirit in the Old Testament - by Leonard Doohan - Scripture from Scratch© 1999.
The Holy Spirit as Paraclete - Scripture From Scratch ©1998 - by Raymond E. Brown, S.S. - "When Christians think of the Holy Spirit, echoes of catechism answers often come to mind: the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, one in divine substance with the Father and Son. But that Trinitarian doctrine was not defined until the fourth century, and in the first days of Christianity the picture was far less precise, especially in regard to the personhood of the Spirit. "
How the Spirit Guides the Church: Two Views in Matthew and John - by William H. Shannon - Catholic Update ©2001
Holy Ghost - Article in the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit - by Fr. William Saunders - Fr. Saunders answer to the following question: "I recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult. Although I know that I received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and know their names, I do not really know what they are. Could you please explain them in one of your columns? "
The Evangelizing Power of the Holy Spirit - December 1998 Issue of St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online -Ways the Spirit Empowers Us & Strengthening Our Faith Through Evangelization.
Confirmation - 7 Symbols in 1 Sacrament - by Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., Th.D. - "Words may be able to explain what happens at Confirmation and what it means to be confirmed. But we really don’t know what Confirmation is until we experience the ritual symbols of the sacrament. In this Youth Update we will examine the principal symbols of the Sacrament of Confirmation."
Receive the Holy Spirit by Sara Kirtlink - Youth Update -"The Holy Spirit is more than a fleeting feeling or a seasonal celebration. Catholics preparing for Confirmation hope to receive the gifts and fruits of this Holy Spirit. This Youth Update intends to increase your awareness of that Holy Spirit, your appreciation of the Spirit's gifts."
The Holy Spirit in the Church - Scripture From ScratchMay©2004 - "The Holy Spirit is active at Pentecost and in the sacrament of Confirmation. The New Testament portrays the Spirit as an advocate or paraclete while the Church sees the Spirit as its "Living Memory" to keep alive the gospel of Jesus."
The Holy Spirit: Life-Giver - by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M.
Friar Jack's Catechism Quiz:
A Sunday School teacher asked her students to draw
"It's a lovely picture," said the teacher, "but
Johnny seemed surprised at the question. "Doesn't
A police officer had just pulled over a car full of nuns for going too slow on a major highway. The conversation went like this:
A priest was preaching on the evils of alcoholism. He ended by saying, "It is my fervent prayer that someday soon all alcohol in this city will be poured into the nearest river!"
The lector then announced, "The Offertory hymn will be number 312: 'Shall We Gather At The River.'"
Little Johnny was happy when his family moved into a bigger house. "Now there are separate
All of the text jokes above were originally on the Catholic1.com website.
A young couple invited their pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the priest asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy replied.
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