Our May focus is on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
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This month our focus is on the great feast of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Thy Kingdom Come
Join this global prayer movement from 13-23 May as we invite Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. Check out www.thykingdomcome.global for plenty of ideas, a special Novena and new Cheeky Pandas resources for young adults.
‘Holy Spirit Lord of Love’: Music & lyrics by Alex Heath
You can listen to Alex Heath’s latest song on YouTube.
You can also check out our previous Ascension to Pentecost resources on our website here.
Dr Maria Heath of Northampton Diocese challenges us to respond to God’s calling this Pentecost through exploring three Biblical words: WAIT, GO and COME. She helps us to see how our gifts and openness to the Spirit can lead to dynamic discipleship in our church and mission today.
Canon Chris Thomas looks at how the Spirit was always part of Jesus’ life, and after the Ascension and Pentecost, how the Spirit became the animator of the early Church. This rich article offers us much to pray and reflect with as well as an invitation to mission as we continue to navigate this pandemic.
Rosie MacIntyre from Portsmouth Diocese offers us a unique perspective on Pentecost. She shows us how the Holy Spirit breaks down the barriers to communication among children and adults who use non-verbal language to share and engage with the Catholic faith.
To celebrate Pentecost this year, Fleur Dorrell looks at where and why the dove features in the Bible and other sources. What is it about this particular bird that has inspired such rich Christian imagery and theology?