Sunday, July 9, 2017

A "Birthday" Cake for Pentecost Sunday

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The Catholic Church celebrates Pentecost 50 days after Easter, so Pentecost is the official ending of the Easter season in the Church calendar.  So NOW you can finally put away those Easter decorations!?! 😉  Pentecost for this year was celebrated on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

What is Pentecost?  You can read Everything You Need to Know About Pentecost and/or read this meme that has a good summary:

There are many meaningful and fun ways to celebrate the birthday of the Church!  Some celebrate with a family bonfire like Kendra at Catholic All Year because Pentecost is Bigger than Christmas. (Maybe I can squeeze in a bonfire with my own family)

Our family celebrated with a “birthday cake”.

The cake was made using the recipe from the Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa can (it’s the BEST chocolate cake recipe that I use for chocolate cupcakes too!) and then I made homemade cream cheese icing.

The red flames are (mostly) red, yellow, and orange hard candies crushed up and then melted in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. I put the crushed candies on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with a non-stick spray before melting them. ( I used LifeSavers this year, but for last year’s cupcakes I used butterscotch candies)

The 12 white candles represent when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, but I should have included one more candle since our Blessed Mother was also present.

I found images on Google to copy and print to put on the cake too.

Here are some photos I put on my blog’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter.

 The book that we read from at the “party” that is displayed is Mary: The Mother of Jesus.

Did you know this about the Old Testament connection to Pentecost?

Be sure to visit Easy Pentecost Activities & Explanations for Catholic Kids at Catholic Mommy Blogs.  Great list of fun ideas!

Peanut Butter & Grace has 9 Things To Do with Your Kids on Pentecost.  There was some new ideas I’ve never heard of like using 13 candles instead of 12 as I mentioned earlier.

Another easy way to celebrate Pentecost is to meditate on and be inspired by beautiful Pentecost art that Melanie has linked to at Association of Catholic Women Bloggers.

Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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