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BCRE Young Disciples: Holy Spirit Lesson At Home

Greetings Young Disciples Families!  

Blessed Easter Season!

The disciples, and all of us, are called to spread the Good News of Christ to all we meet. In this week’s lessons we learn about a way that we are strengthened in our faith to follow Jesus and to tell others about the Good News of Christ. Jesus is with us through the Holy Spirit and the Spirit will help us to show love and know what to say. Spreading the Good News is as much about how we act and interact with others as what we say. Every part of our life should spread the Good News of Christ.

When you are overwhelmed or lack courage to do what is needed, recall the early disciples and know that same Spirit is with you. When you are doing a good thing, the Holy Spirit will lead you and give you what you need to rise to the occasion. Just pray.

During this overwhelming and challenging time, please know that I continue to hold you and your family up in prayer. Please let me know if I can help with anything, in anyway, at anytime. You can email me with questions and concerns at

Health and strength for all,

Melissa Gozzo
Billerica Catholic Religious Education (BCRE)
Young Disciples Coordinator (Gr. K – 1)
Seekers Coordinator (Grade 2)
First Reconciliation and Eucharist Coordinator (Grades 2-5)

Resources For At Home Use

I invite you to explore this week’s Class #15 topics at home:

  • Chapter 21: Jesus Sends Us the Spirit
  • Chapter 22: Jesus Is with Us in His Church
  • Special Season 7: Pentecost

I have included some resources below for you and your child to engage in together at home.

YouTube Video Clips related this week’s lessons

Chapter 21: Jesus Sends Us the Spirit
Student Book: Pages 187 – 194

Faith Focus: The Holy Spirit came to the Church on Pentecost to guide and strengthen us.

We Remember:

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
    • The Holy Spirit is God. He was sent by Jesus and the Father.
Words to Know:
  • Holy Spirit
    • The third Person of the Trinity, who comes to us in Baptism and fills us with God’s life.
Building Family Faith
  • God is present in our lives and in our world through the Holy Spirit. After he went to be with the Father, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his apostles. The Holy Spirit has been with us ever since. We receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism. Through the Spirit we know the Father and the Son. The Spirit is present in our family, our parish, and our Church.
  • Discuss as a family:
    • We cannot see the Holy Spirit. Talk about other important things that are real, but that we cannot see.
    • Discuss times we thought God was giving us special help to deal with difficult situations.
  • Do as a family:
    • At bedtime, make the Sign of the Cross with your child. Mention that we have learned that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Chapter 22: Jesus Is with Us
Student Book: Pages 195 – 202

Faith Focus: The Holy Spirit guides and cares for the Church through its leaders.

We Remember:

  • To what Church do you belong?
    • I belong to the Catholic Church. I am a Catholic.
Words to Know:
  • Catholic
    • A word that means “all over the world.” The Church is catholic because Jesus gave the Church to the whole world.
  • Pope
    • The bishop of Rome, successor of Saint Peter, and leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Building Family Faith
  • Your child is learning about the Church – the family and faith that carries the Good News of Jesus to the world. Your child is part of this worldwide body. People of all races, cultures, and languages belong to the Church. We are all one body, united by our love for Christ and our desire to do his work. The visible sign of our unity is the pope, the head of the Church.
  • Discuss as a family:
    • Talk about your experiences of the larger Church; images and articles about the pope, other Church leaders, and Christians in other countries,
  • Do as a family:
    • Do a family project on the pope. Find pictures of him. Find out what he said at recent celebrations and discuss his words.

Special Seasons 7: Pentecost (Back of the Book)
Student Book: Pages 245 – 246

Faith Focus: At Pentecost, the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the Church was born.

We Remember:

  • What do we call the day when the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples?
    • Pentecost.


  • What did the Holy Spirit help the disciples to do?
    • Become God’s family, the Church.
Words to Know:
  • Church
    • God’s family, the people of God throughout the world.
  • Holy Spirit
    • The third Person of the Trinity, who comes to us in Baptism and fills us with God’s life.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe Pentecost as our celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church
  • Explain that the Holy Spirit helps the Church to share God’s love
  • Identify themselves as members of the Church

Additional Activities

Mark a family calendar with the date of Pentecost this year:
Sunday, May 31st, 2020!

Plan a small birthday party for the Church! 

  • Pentecost is called “the birthday of the Church.” This is because when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, they were given the courage to begin to teach many other people about the Good News of Jesus. The Holy Spirit helped the disciples spread the Good News and the Church began to grow from that moment on.
  • Include the color red as part of the decorations, attire, or supplies (paper plates, cups, balloon, icing or sprinkles for cake/cupcakes). Explain that you used red for the birthday party because red is the color used to mark Pentecost Sunday. In the church we use red (the color of fire) on the feast of Pentecost to symbolize the power and love of the Holy Spirit. The priest wears red vestments at Mass on Pentecost. 

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

  • We cannot see the Holy Spirit, but we can see the effects of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The effects of the Holy Spirit working in our lives are called the
    fruits of the Holy Spirit.
  • The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  • Watch the following underlined link:  Love | The Fruit of The Spirit for Kids with your family. In this Youtube Video Playlist, Douglas Talks starts a new series of videos all about the different Fruit of the Spirit, beginning with love!