Catholic Faith Education Newsletter

June 1, 2004





Holy Spirit

bullet 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.

bullet Links to images of Pentecost - An extensive listing of links to works of great painters on the Holy Spirit and Pentecost.

bullet Prayers for Pentecost - liturgical and personal prayers, litanies, novenas to the Holy Spirit.

bullet 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"..."

bullet 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. "

bullet From Spirit to Holy Spirit in the Old Testament - by Leonard Doohan - Scripture from Scratch© 1999.

bullet 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. "

bullet How the Spirit Guides the Church: Two Views in Matthew and John - by William H. Shannon - Catholic Update ©2001

bullet Holy Ghost - Article in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

bullet 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? "


bullet 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."

bullet 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."



Music in Review

Glass Harp - This page provides Mp3 samples from Glass Harp's Hourglass CD . Below are the first few verses from one of the songs on this album:

" Standing small to the paintings of Your face
Feeling loved in the presence of Your grace
Knowing You are here with me
Overwhelms my mind

I want to fly higher than high
Just like a spire, to touch the sky

I feel Your love in this place
Feel the warmth of Your embrace
As the sun shines through
The colors flood the room"


A Bit of Humor

A Sunday School teacher asked her students to draw
a picture of their favorite Old Testament story,
and as she moved around the class, she saw there
were many wonderful drawings being done. Then she
came across Johnny who had drawn an old man driving
what looked like a station wagon. In the back seat
were two passengers, both apparently naked.

"It's a lovely picture," said the teacher, "but
which story does it tell?"

Johnny seemed surprised at the question. "Doesn't
it say in the Bible that God drove Adam and Eve out
of the Garden of Eden?"


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:
Police officer: "Why were you driving so slowly?" 
Nun driver: "I kept seeing all these signs with the number 20 on them and figured that was the speed limit." 
Police officer: "No, Sister, that is the highway number." 
Nun: "Oh, I'm so sorry, Officer, I didn't know that." 
Then the police officer looks into the back seat and sees that the nuns there have panic-stricken faces and white knuckles from holding on to each other too tightly. 
Police officer: "What's wrong with the nuns in the back seat?"
Nun: "Oh, we just got off Highway 101 a few miles ago."


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
rooms for me, my brother and my sister. But poor Mom still has to room with Dad!"



All of the text jokes above were originally on the 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.
"Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?"
"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom, Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day."

Cartoon - Today I learned that Moses partied on the Red Sea.

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