Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena—Free Poster and Booklet

Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena - free downloads

During the Easter season, we look at the Gospel stories of Jesus Christ’s appearances after the Resurrection. At the end of 40 days, Jesus ascended into heaven, promising to send a helper to the disciples as they took on their mission of spreading the Good News. That helper—the Holy Spirit—came 10 days later on the day of Pentecost. Between the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles and Mary waited in prayer for nine days. These nine days, in essence, constituted the first novena.

Celebrate the final days of the Easter season with this month’s free download—a poster and booklet on Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena. We’re also providing a how-to sheet with tips on using these resources in your classroom.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

7 Comments on Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena—Free Poster and Booklet

  1. Thank you for these downloads! I have always regretted that this novena occurs at the time of the school year when the Rel.Ed. programs & RCIA are “closing down” for the summer months, and it gets lost in the shuffle. With these downloads ahead of time, it will be more possible to introduce students & families to the novena, and then post the poster as a reminder at Ascension time. Beautiful art work, too!

    • Thanks Sr. Lalemant. You’re so right that we often don’t get to celebrate these feasts and this novena with our children because of the academic calendar. I’m glad that this resource will help. I’ll pass along your compliments on the artwork to our design folks here at Loyola Press who do such wonderful work!

  2. I agree with Sister Lalemant. We are finishing Wednesday. I would love to have this to share with my class.

  3. I agree with it being too late for this year. I did give my class something to think about for Pentecost. I am a new catechist this year… This will give me something to think about for next year. This is my first year with six grade. I bought a couple of your books, the catechist toolbox, the Bible blueprint, Practice makes Catholic. Time for reading and reflecting. ? ? Thank you for everything.

  4. I do want the download of ASCENSION TO PENTECOST for RCIA session…this is only spot I see to ask for that….

    • Jan, you should have a brief form directly beneath the text, “Fill out the below form to receive the free PDFs: Ascension to Pentecost: The First Novena poster, booklet, and idea sheet.” Simply fill out that form with your e-mail address, and an e-mail will be sent to you with download links.

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