God sent his son Jesus to save us.
Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God will have eternal life.
God is one being, but three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Three Candles
- Table covering
Create a special table or sacred space in your home you can where you focus during prayer and your in-home Sunday celebration. Here is a video on how to do so: https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2020/04/pop-up-catechesis-creating-a-prayer-space-in-your-home/
Watch this video ahead of time to prepare for the opening activity to help explain Trinity:
Light one candle. Call your family to prayer.
Use the candle activity from the above YouTube video. Help your children understand that God is three distinct persons but one being. God the Father is the creator, God the Son (Jesus) is the redeemer (which we will hear about in the Gospel today), and God the Holy Spirit is the sanctifier who is our helper.
Questions for an opening discussion:
When people love each other, how do they treat each other?
The Trinity is celebrated today. How would you describe your relationship with God the Father? With Jesus? With the Spirit?
In the Gospel we will hear that God loves us so much, he gives us his only Son. That is quite a sacrifice.
Choose one of the music suggestions below. Sing together as a family.
Make the Sign of the Cross. (When you do this today, slow down and really highlight how this is an important prayer and that we remind ourselves of the Holy Trinity each time we sign ourselves.)
Sunday Gospel: John 3:16-18
Together read the Sunday Gospel. http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060720.cfm
Feel free to use your family bible or children’s bible. Be creative. Read it in parts. Act out the story.
- Who is this verse about? – God
- What does God do? – loves
- Who does God love? – the world (that includes you and me)
- What did God do to show his love? – gave his one and only Son
- What must we do in return? – believe that Jesus is the Son of God
- What is our reward? – eternal life
- How do we show our world that we believe in the Holy Trinity -God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in God the Father almighty Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Choose another song to sing together.
As a family, offer prayers for our Church, our world, your local communities, and your families.
The Lord’s Prayer
Together pray the words that our Savior gave us:
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Glory Be to the Father (Doxology)
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Conclude with the Sign of the Cross. (Again be mindful of the Trinity as you pray this prayer)
Choose another song to sing together.
Family Activity Suggestions:
- Cook together: Make a snack, dish, or dessert that contains only three ingredients. Or make a Tres Leches (3 Milks) Cake. https://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2012/05/tres-leche-cake-for-trinity-sunday.html
- Take some time to learn about St. Patrick, who taught about the Trinity using a shamrock which was native to Ireland. What do you have near you that could help to teach others about the Trinity?
- Often at sporting events, you would see people in the stands with signs saying John 3:16. Create a sign for your window or yard to remind people that God loves them so much he sacrificed his Son for us.
Gathering: Holy, Holy, Holy Cry
Psalm Response: Daniel 3: Glory and Praise For Ever
Presentation of the Gifts: On This Day, The First of Days
Communion: Love One Another
Hymn of Praise: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Other Web Resources:
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) (official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International):
Strong Catholic Faith: