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  Echoing the Word 23-04-2014  
  Vol. 13 No. 2, 2014 Pentecost: Celebrating the Holy Spirit    
God the Holy Spirit
In this feature article Phillip Gleeson, Salesian and lecturer at the Catholic Theological College, Melbourne, explores God the Holy Spirit in Scripture and Church theology. As the creative breath of God, the Holy Spirit breathes life into creation and plays a central role in revealing the face of God and animating the Christian community.
 Editorial
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Editorial
The Holy Spirit reveals God to us and gives us the grace to be disciples. Our exciting challenge is to remain open to the workings of the Holy Spirit in us, in the people around us and in the whole of creation.
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 Scripture
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God's Holy Breath:
The Spirit Beyond Doves and Flames
Stuart Moran explores the Hebrew word ruach (breath) and its connection to the Holy Spirit. God’s breath gives life. He then explains the New Testament symbols of dove and fire as symbols of the Holy Spirit, linked to the Old Testament.
 
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 Theology
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Noticing the Holy Spirit
Where is the Spirit active in our world? Tony Densley reflects on what the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes) says to us about the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is active in all people of good will.
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 Liturgies & Activities
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A Ritual of Anointing:
Celebrating the Gift of God's Holy Spirit
Jennifer Callanan gives a brief overview of the scriptural references to anointing. Students are encouraged to reflect on anointing in Scripture and in real life experiences before participating in a prayer service celebrating the Holy Spirit and using the ritual of anointing with oil.
 
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Filled with the Holy Spirit
In these teaching ideas, Anne Victor focuses on the experience of the disciples in the Pentecost event. What might it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
 
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Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Anne Victor offers teaching ideas to explore the fruits of the Holy Spirit with young children. Just as fruit helps us grow healthy, the fruits of the Spirit help us grow “to be the best people we can be.”
 
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Test Your Knowledge of the Story of Pentecost!
Beth Nolen has created a contract style series of activities for students to study the Pentecost account in the Acts of the Apostles. She aims to give students a deeper understanding of the Pentecost event and its relevance for Christians today.
 
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Why do we Need the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Beth Nolen suggests a bookmark to help students remember the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. She suggests exploring people in our world who show us the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
 
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 Religious Literacy
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Inspired
Paige Bullen offers a reflection for adults on the Holy Spirit as breath, (ruach). The Holy Spirit gives us breath and therefore life; connecting us with God and people past and present.
 
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Pentecost in the Early Years Classroom
Jan Grajczonek offers an approach for teaching about the Holy Spirit to young children. She begins with the creation stories of Genesis and moves on to Pentecost.
 
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  Featured Articles
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Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter:
48th World Communication Day Message
Each year the Pope writes a message concerning issues of communication for World Communication Day. This year Pope Francis focuses on the use of communication technologies to foster real encounters between individuals and groups.
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  Reviews & Resources
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Children's Literature
Jan Grajczonek reviews The Red Wheelbarrow by Briony Stewart, The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco, and Maia and What Matters by Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire.
 
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Resources for Religious Education
Sharon Freeman reviews Mark, Reading the First Gospel: Resources for the Religion Classroom by Maurice Ryan, A Friendly Guide to Paul by Christopher Monaghan and The Bible: God’s Great Book of Books by Kathryn Robinson.
 
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  Social Justice
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A Civilisation of Love and Peace
Peter Arndt explores the important values of fraternity and unity in building a “civilisation of love and peace”. He then suggests investigating inter-religious dialogue as a means to peace. There are many initiatives where people of different religions work together to build fraternity and peace globally, nationally and locally.
 
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  For the Catechist
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Catechists: Called to be Paracletes in the World Today
Michele Purcell, reminds us that the Holy Spirit enables us in our work as catechists, teachers and evangelisers. She explores the notion of Paraclete or Advocate in John’s Gospel. We are called to be Paracletes in the world today.
 
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Teaching Tips:
Using Videos and DVDs in the Catechist Lesson
Multimedia tools such as video clips and DVDs are important tools in catechesis. Michele Purcell, looks at reasons catechists might use DVDs and considerations for their use. She also recommends some audio-visual resources for teaching about the Holy Spirit.
 
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  Music
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Ten Tips when Selecting Music for Liturgy and Religious Education
PART 1
In this first of two articles, Peter Olley explores criteria and issues in selecting music for liturgy and the religious education classroom. This article looks at the first of the ten tips Peter offers: liturgical, pastoral textual/theological and musical judgements in evaluating music.
 
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  Movies
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The Hunger Games
Jan Epstein reviews the movie The Hunger Games. The movie is set in a cruel and bleak world of the future and explores themes such as hope, compassion and justice.
 
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  Student Voices
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Maximillian Kolbe: Example of Compassion
Patrick, in Year 5, presents his posters showing Maximillian Kolbe as an example of compassion.
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