Pentecost is the celebration of the birthday of the Catholic Church. To mark this special day on the Church calendar, there will be a Mass held at Aquinas College. All our community and whanau are welcome to attend at 10.15am on Thursday 1st June in the Aquinas Action Centre.
The feast of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter to mark the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. This was the start of their ministry to go forth and make disciples of all nations.
At Pentecost, the Apostles and their followers were gathered in a room. A great wind blew and a flame appeared like a tongue of fire upon the heads of those present. The people began to speak the word of God in many languages and everyone was able to understand each other.
Peter then called all those present to be baptized and about three thousand people were baptized that day. These people were among the first Catholics, and Peter is the first pope of the Catholic Church.
The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind and the dove (which represents the Holy Spirit). The colour of Pentecost is red and the priest wears red vestments on this day.
(Exerts taken from www.catholic.org/lent/pentecost.php)