Pentecost is Coming: Celebration Ideas and Free Printables

by | May 12, 2015 | Blog, Liturgical Living, Pentecost | 15 comments

Before Pentecost can happen, of course, we have to have the Ascension. The kids and I will be observing Ascension Thursday by flying from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. to meet up with the husband who is there for business all this week. It seems somehow fitting to be traveling by air on the feast of the Ascension, but not as good as, say, going to Mass. Technically, we’re cool, since the observation of the Ascension is moved to Sunday in both the LA and the DC dioceses, so it isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation for us.

I really do prefer the historical accuracy of a Thursday Ascension, but this year, we’re going with it.

After the Ascension (be it Thursday or Sunday), comes Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the Apostles. If you are not in the habit of celebrating Pentecost, and for a very long time, *I* was not, you just might want to consider starting, because, as it turns out . . .

Pentecost is Bigger Than Christmas

Check out that post for all about how I learned that Pentecost is the second most important celebration of the liturgical year, my suggestions for some really complicated and fancy celebrations we might want to consider adopting, and the simple yet memorable way our family actually celebrates Pentecost. It totally involves fire. Kids love fire.
And I made you some new printables.

For LOTS MORE free printable prayers, check out my Pinterest board.

Come Holy Spirit, square, on white with dove:
Come Holy Spirit, 8×10, on white with dove:
Come Holy Spirit, 8×10, on red with fire:
Come Holy Spirit, 8×10, on white with globe:
And speaking of the Holy Spirit . . .  I’m also at Blessed in She today, waxing philosophical about the sheer muttonheadedness of the apostles of the gospels and the inspiring wisdom and courage of the apostles of the acts of the apostles.
What changed?
Pentecost changed everything. And THAT is worth celebrating.———

One more thing . . . for my fellow Catholic bloggers.

Inspired by some of the beautiful conversion stories we’ve heard at local Catholic blogging conferences, I’m excited to be a part of a new initiative among Catholic bloggers called The Credo Project. We’re going to add a button to our sidebars that will allow our readers to easily click through to Catholics Come Home: a beautiful, faithful Catholic website where they can learn more about the Catholic faith. I designed the image, and Molly from Molly Makes Do made it do stuff when you click it.

So, if you’ve got a blog, please feel free to grab the code and share the love.

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  1. annieduerlinger

    Yes, Kendra, Pentecost is very big here in Europe. The Children always have the Monday afterwards called Pentecost Monday off from school and go to Mass. Also Tuesday is off too! For me Pentecost is extra special because I (an American teaching English in Austria) met my husband at Mass at the Jesuit Church in Innsbruck on Pentecost in 2002! Here we are living in Salzburg the Parish rectory with our four children in 2015! Come Holy Spirit!

  2. Karen Perez

    Your Blessed Is She post today was fantastic. Thanks for reminding me that I can move past my muttonheadedness… if I just ask the Holy Spirit for help.

  3. Gina Fensterer

    Ooooooh!!! I am SO EXCITED that you ladies are doing the Credo Project and I can't wait to hear more about it. I'm going to add a button this morning.

    Also, thanks for being the amazing liturgical-celebrating Mom that you are, because I at one time aspired to be her, but just can't. So…I love that you share things in advance so I can glean ideas from you. 😉

  4. Brigid Hogan

    Grabbing the button now! Thank you for sharing. I am a bit miffed that I didn't realize Pentecost was Memorial Day weekend because I will be at the beach with some non-Catholic friends… but will be trucking to Mass on foot and enjoying the treat of visiting a new parish nonetheless.

    And welcome to DC — so many great places to go to Mass! Enjoy celebrating with us here in the archdiocese!

  5. Trista Roehl

    Welcome to DC!!!

    We will be celebrating Pentecost with a red strawberry cake, topped with sliced strawberries that kinda look like tongues of fire. And maybe we'll light up the fire pit too.

  6. Ashley Sue

    The Credo Project is exciting! I look forward to going through the site. I will be adding the button.

  7. Nanacamille

    I grew up going to Assention Thursday mass and loved it because it got us out of class….. Yea!
    We never had any extra days off for Pentecost though which is too bad. It's was a super big Sunday far us though.

  8. Patricia Guerrero

    You totally need to make the Credo button a printable. 🙂 I'd love to be able to hang that in my home.

    Safe travels!

    • Kendra

      I did! It will be on the blog (and Pinterest board) next week, as part of a series of PicMonkey tutorials I'm doing while we're on vacation.

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