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Catholic Culture Update from Sr. Pat Carter, CSJ

Catholic Culture Update is a weekly newsletter that Sr. Pat distributes from her home base in Sault Ste. Marie.

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning September 22nd, 2013

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Praise the Lord who lifts up the needy.” Psalm 113

September 22nd is the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. “I have neighbours, who came to Canada five years ago from a repressive dictatorship. They have overcome many hurdles – learning English, finding their way in Canadian society, and finding work. After they became citizens, they were eager to vote. They are politically involved, attending meetings to learn the positions of the parties and urging fair treatment for the disadvantaged. My neighbours put many of us to shame. Today, we hear the prophet Amos preaching against the unjust treatment of the poor and needy. There’s a tendency to think we can be good Christians without being politically involved, but both the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures are full of political commentary and exhortation. These texts are the basis of Catholic Social Teaching. This teaching is meant to be well integrated into our lives, so that social justice issues guide our daily choices, including our politics. In his letter to Timothy, Paul calls on the early Christians to pray for kings and all in high places. Today, many people have no choice as to who holds authority over them. We in democratic countries have the responsibility of helping guide policies of political parties and governments toward justice through our political involvement. Let us embrace and rejoice in this sacred privilege and call.” Beth Porter, Living with Christ, September 2013 page 113 Guide us Jesus to take our social/political responsibilities seriously and not take things for granted. Read a political article in the newspaper.

September 23rd is the memorial of St. Padre Pio. “Francisco Forgione was born on May 25, 1887 near Naples, Italy. His parents were poor and hardworking. From childhood, Francisco had a deep love for prayer and a strong desire to be holy. When Francisco was ten years old, a Capuchin Franciscan friar came to Pietrelcina. Francisco was impressed by his simplicity and humility. …On January 6, 1903 Francisco entered the Capuchin community in Morcone. He was given the name Brother Pio…Padre Pio spent most of his priesthood hearing confessions and giving hope and encouragement to countless people from all around the world. He did this right up to his death on September 21st, 1968. St. Pio enlighten us so we can see the things in our life that keep us from following Jesus more closely.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day v.2 page 150-152. Consider receiving the sacrament of forgiveness and mercy.

September 26th is the memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian. “These two martyrs were twin brothers from Syria who died at the beginning of the fourth century. They were very famous students of science and both became excellent doctors. Cosmas and Damian saw in every patient a brother or sister in Christ. For this reason, they showed great charity to all and treated their patients to the best of their ability. Yet, no matter how much care a patient required, neither Cosmas nor Damian ever accepted any money for their services. For this reason, they were called by a name in Greek, which means “the penniless ones.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day v.2 page 155-156 St. Cosmas and St. Damian inspire in us the same serving spirit you lived by. Pray for the Syrian people that they will be served by those they meet during these days of conflict.

September 27th is the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. “Vincent, the son of poor French peasants, was born in 1581. When he grew up and became famous, he loved to tell people how he had taken care of his father’s pigs. Because he was intelligent, his father sent him to school; and after finishing his studies, Vincent became a priest. At first, he was given an important position as the teacher of rich children, and he lived rather comfortably. Then one day, he was called to the side of a dying peasant. In front of many people, this man declared that all his past confessions had been bad ones. Suddenly Father Vincent realized how badly the poor people of France needed spiritual help. When he began to preach to them, crowds went to confession. He finally decided to start a congregation of priests to work especially among the poor.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day v.2 page 157 Help us St. Vincent to be mindful of using well the resources we have and to share with those who are less fortunate than we are. Consider participating in the Big Blue Box Food Collection by putting out food tomorrow morning by 10:00 am so the hungry will be able to eat this winter.

Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week
“whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 4:11b

Catholic Graduate Expectations – A Responsible Citizen who…
promotes the sacredness of life. The social teaching of Cardinal Bernardin, “the seamless garment” helps us to understand that all life from womb to tomb is sacred. So all of the issues dealing with life are really one issue because of the sacredness of life. If we are Pro-life, then we are against death penalty. If we are Pro-life, then we are against euthanasia. If we are Pro-life, then we are against abortion. If we are Pro-life, then we work toward good care for those who are most vulnerable.

Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
“Students with Disabilities
Here are more strategies for supporting students with disabilities:
• Provide cumulative review on a regular basis, using varied activities to improve retention of concepts.
• Break down instructions into small logical steps. Doing so helps students to work through a process without becoming overwhelmed or lost.
• Provide both written and verbal instructions. Taping instructions so that students can replay them has also proven to be an effective practice.
• Before listening activities, highlight key points and new vocabulary.
• Help students make links between prior knowledge and new information.
• Provide visual models for students to help guide their thinking. Provide concrete representations of key steps and concepts.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 126-127 [to be continued]

A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
So what vegetables and fruits were biblical folks harvesting around this time? Well, cucumbers, leeks, onions and garlic, among other items. …the Israelites developed a taste for these vegetables during their time in Egypt (Numbers 11:5). Those vegetables were probably tastier and more abundant in Egypt than similar products grown in Palestine, for the climate and the soil of Egypt had distinct advantages then over the other areas of the Middle East, particularly an unirrigated Palestine. Also, they would be storing up a wide variety of greens and herbs, as known from Genesis 9:3, along with beans and lentils. In fact, beans and lentils were staples. They could be eaten raw, boiled into a pottage or very thick soup, or mixed with flour to increase the flavor and the texture of bread. Millet, a cereal grass, and spelt, a kind of wheat giving a very fine flour, were being harvested, as were barley and emmer, the latter a primitive form of wheat. Fruits?” Melons, to be sure. Olives and grapes, most assuredly – not so much to be eaten as to be made into oils and wines. Apples, of course. A couple of towns and a person in the [Hebrew Scriptures] bear the Hebrew name for apple, tappuah, and doesn’t the loved one in the Song of Solomon (2:5) ask to be plied with apples? …The pome
granate fruit was obviously common, being mentioned several times. The date is not mentioned, but there must have been dates, as there are mentions of the palm. Quinces and citrons were being picked. Finally, there was that special delicacy, the fig – which was eaten ripe, dried individually or molded into cakes as food for long journeys. Interestingly enough, the fig was also used medicinally, as in 2 Kings 20:7, where it is recorded as being applied successfully to a boil.” John Deedy

28 Different Ways to Pray
“As Jesus taught us by His word and example, daily prayer is essential for all Christians. Our individual prayer life follows the rhythm of our daily life. To return next week.

Twenty-first Century Education > Church Invite: Children Teach Us a Sweet Lesson> Inspirational Video – 2.17 min. This is a sweet video, insight offered from a child’s perspective. > In Between > Today’s Christian Video > 2.11 min. What comes between you and your God? This powerful video shows some of the things that distract us from God. 10 Tech Terms Everyone Needs to Know for 2014 > Every generation, renaissance and revolution that we have experienced throughout history has always come with its own distinctive glossary of terms. As the digital age heads into 2014 what terms will we need to know. Five Sites Busy Educators Need to Know About > > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade

130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
“In the Blink of an Eye
Can you guess how many times you will blink your eyes in your lifetime? No one even thinks about blinking an eye but most people blink their eyes regularly – probably once every two to ten seconds. Some blink faster than others, but just suppose you blink your eyes every five seconds. That would add up to 12 blinks a minute, 720 blinks an hour, and 11,520 blinks a day if you stayed awake 16 hours and slept 8 hours. That’s just in ONE day and there are 365 days in a year. So if you live to be 100 years old, you will have blinked your eyes 420 million times! That’s a LOT of blinks. You know God put tears in your eyes and gave you eyelids that can blink so, without even thinking, all day you wash your eyeballs so they won’t get dusty. Isn’t it great that God gave you built-in eyeball washers – just like your car has windshield washers! When your car’s windshield gets dirty, you have to TURN ON the windshield washers, but God’s eyeball washers are automatic!” page 44

CATHOLIC JEOPARDY – Who says teaching religion can’t be fun? RTJ’s Creative Catechist > September 2013
Catholic “I” Words is the category

For 200 points – The dogma that teaches Mary was conceived without original sin –
What is the Immaculate Conception?
For 400 points – Partial or total remissions of punishments due for sins that already have been forgiven
What is an Indulgence?
For 600 points – Protection by the Holy Spirit from great error on matters of faith
What is Infallibility?
For 800 points – Founder of the Jesuits
Who is St. Ignatius of Loyola
For 1000 points – A Greek monogram for Jesus Christ
What is IHS?

Pope Francis is the category
For 200 points – Area of study before he became a priest
For 400 points – Religious order he belongs to
For 600 points – The pope that named Bergoglio a cardinal
For 800 points – The first pope to wash the feet of these
For 1000 points – The American cardinal named to his advisory board

Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“Did you know that Canada is the garter snake capital of the world? Huh! LOL Reader’s

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