Happy Birthday to the Church!

On Sunday, May 19th — 50 days after Easter — the Church will celebrate Pentecost, the feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church and also one of the most important … because it marks the birth of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in the form of tongues of fire, giving them power and grace to spread the message of Christ to all the peoples of the world.

You can read about Pentecost in Acts, Chapter 2.

There are many ways to celebrate this awesome feast.

One way is by making a birthday cake and singing Happy Birthday to the Church!

Holy Spirit cupcakes for Pentecost

Holy Spirit cupcakes for Pentecost

Another fun and easy way to celebrate Pentecost with your family is to make cupcakes and decorate them with white frosting. Then cut strawberries lengthwise into slivers and place one sliver on top of the frosted cupcake (see photo). The piece of strawberry represents a tongue of fire (the Holy Spirit).

Next apply seven red hot cinnamon candies around the “tongue of fire”. These red hot candies represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

Discuss these with your children as you place the candies on the cupcakes (or as you are eating them! :-))

You can also read The Twelve Apostles by Marianna Mayer while enjoying your Holy Spirit cupcakes. The artwork in this book is absolutely gorgeous! This book can be found here:

The Twelve Apostles

For high schoolers and young adults, a good alternative would be chapter ten in Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ. Chapter ten is called the “Choosing of the Twelve” and is full of great information about the apostles! The book can be found here:

Life of Christ

If you just don’t have the time to make a cake or cupcakes then wear red on Pentecost Sunday, eat some red hot candies, and talk about how awesome the Holy Spirit is!

Discuss with your children how the Holy Spirit guides the Church and gives us strength to share the light of Christ. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can do the will of God and bring hope, love, and joy into the world.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.


  1. ooh! I love this one! I can surely at least find red hot candies! I bet my boys would LOVE that even more than cupcakes!

  2. Thanks Lori! My Patrick LOVES the red hot candies as well!!!

  3. Yum! I think those cupcakes sound just like the delicious ones my wife and daughter served me earlier today! Great ideas from a great lady!!

  4. Sounds fantastic! I have one more meeting for the year with my CYO group and I will be using these “growing saitns” ideas!! Love your stuff, Margaret! I only wish I had your library!

  5. Sue Lyons says:

    Thank you Margaret! Actually, my guys are all about the strawberries! The books sound good too – I’ll read Bishop Sheen’s, and maybe I’ll get the courage to start reading it again.
    Peace! Love Sue

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