Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning October 6th, 2013
Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Let us bow down and worship.” Psalm 95
October 5th is World Teacher Day. Let us celebrate our vocation as teachers!
October 6th is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Jesus often uses dramatic language to make a point, as he does today: “We are worthless slaves…” Slaves! But we are God’s children! Yes, blessed and gifted – and also given responsibilities and held accountable. We must use well the gifts we have received. The Lord will want to know what we have done to build up God’s kingdom. We do what we have to do: follow our Master. We use our gifts as they should be used – for our Master’s business. Think about the image in the first reading. In a time of violence and injustice, Habukkuk is told to make a sign that can be seen by a runner passing by. No doubt many runners pass by our churches. Are we a sign to them? What about those who take time from the busy running of their lives to come inside? What signs do we present to one another? Do we show forth God’s kingdom in our midst? We are gifted with so much from God – all so that we can build up the kingdom. We are called to feed the hungry, respond to those in need, take a stand against injustice. Are the signs visible that we are doing these things? Let us notice and give thanks for the signs of the kingdom in our midst. And let us nurture them.” Dinah Simmons, Living with Christ, October 2013, page 47 Loving God, help us to be signs to those around us, signs of your great love and compassion. This is Life Chain Sunday. Consider holding a real sign to show that you value life from womb to tomb. It is a silent witness, only holding a sign to say that you value LIFE!
October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. “It was St. Dominic who, in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, encouraged everyone to say the Rosary. St. Dominic was greatly saddened by the spread of a terrible heresy called Albigensianism. With the members of his new Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, he was trying his best to spread the truth and put an end to this dangerous heresy. He begged the Blessed Virgin for help, and it is said that she told him to preach devotion to the Holy Rosary. St. Dominic obeyed and he was very successful in stopping the heresy. The Holy Rosary is a simple devotion, which can be practiced by all people – old and young, learned and unlearned. It can be said anywhere, at any time. While we repeat the Our Father, ten Hail Marys and Glory Be, we think about great moments in the lives of Jesus and Mary. In this way, we grow closer and closer to Jesus and his Blessed Mother. We learn to imitate their holy lives.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol.2 page 176. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinner, now and at the hour of our death. Carry around a rosary in your pocket during October so if you have a few minutes to spare, you can say a decade or two of the rosary during your busy day.
October 8th is the memorial of St. Simeon. “Holy Simeon lived in the first century. In Luke’s Gospel, chapter 2, we read about when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. That is where they met Simeon. God had promised this holy man that, before he died, he would see the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. But Simeon did not know when this would happen. Led by the Holy Spirit, Simeon came to the Temple at the same time the young couple from Nazareth arrived with their baby. He looked into the eyes of the Child and felt a burst of joy in his heart. His eyes glowed. He lifted Jesus into his arms, then held him u p and prayed: “Now, my God, I can die in peace. I have seen with my own eyes the world’s salvation. You have prepared this for all your people.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol.2 page 177. St. Simeon, teach us to trust God as much as you did. Ask God’s Holy Spirit to nudge you when you see the presence of God in the world around you.
October 9th is the memorial of St. John Leonardi.” Born around 1540, John became a pharmacist in Lucca, Italy. When he was twenty-five, John felt the call to become a priest. He began his studies and was ordained in 1572. He spent his time teaching children the faith and training catechists. His active ministry also took him to hospitals and prisons. Several young men in Lucca joined Father John and helped him with his wonderful works. Eventually, this group was to become a new religious congregation of priests. They were called the Clerks of the Mother of God. …Father Leonardi was given a church as his headquarters in Lucca. His followers took care of the spiritual needs of the people of their new parish. Father Leonardi moved to Rome where his good friend St. Philip Neri lived. St. Philip was his spiritual director. Father Leonardi’s work was hard at times because of all the political and spiritual turmoil in Europe. But St. Philip believed in Father Leonardi and in the good his congregation of priests was doing.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol.2 page 178-179. After St. John’s example let us take care of our spiritual needs as well as our bodies. Do something to feed your soul.
October 10th is United Way Day. Dress in Red and White and support the causes/agencies of the United Way. The United Way flag will be raised at City Hall and Mayor Debbie Amaroso will declare October 10th United Way Day. This is being orchestrated to garner more awareness of the agencies that the United Way support throughout the year. For a small donation, dress in red and white and join in the fun! Those in the district can give their money to their local United Way office.
Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week
“as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 14:15b
Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
Not so long ago, most gender differences in school outcomes favoured boys. The situation, however, has changed dramatically in the last few decades. Now, across the world, girls are outperforming boys in literacy achievement both in elementary schools and in secondary schools. “Girls have been shown to have a significant and consistent advantage from an early age over boys, and this advantage is found not only in North America and English-speaking countries, but internationally across cultures and languages” (Klinger, Shulha, & Wade-Woolley, 2009). Girls also have higher rates of high-school graduation and higher rates of postsecondary participation in most countries. While females students may have higher participation rates in postsecondary education, they are not well-represented in all program areas. “On average in OECD countries, more than 70% of the tertiary graduates in the humanities, arts, education, and health and welfare are females, whereas only around 25% of those graduating from mathematics and computer science or engineering are female (OECD,2009, p.13).” This may be a result of stereotypes still held regarding expected career choices for female students; lack of encouragement from guidance counselors, teachers, and parents for female students to enter science, mathematics, and technology programs; or lack of female role models in non-traditional professions.”
Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 128
A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
“THE DISCOVERER OF THE DISCOVERED
The word discoverer is applied these days with cautious qualifiers to those who opened the New World, beginning with Christopher Columbus. On this day [October 12] in 1492 Columbus “discovered” the Americas, but of course the literal “discoverers” were those who evolved in the Americas or, as is more likely, who crossed to it from Asia via the Bering Strait in prehistoric times. But give Columbus credit. He demonstrated that the world wasn’t flat, and he proved to skeptics that there was a world out there beyond Europe and Africa. To be sure, when he touched shore at Watling’s Island in the Bahamas group of the West Indies, he thought he was at the approaches to India and China – more likely India, which is why he called the natives Indians, a misnomer that became permanent. But reaching the Americas was accomplishment enough. Columbus, a native Italian sailing under the colours of Spain, was a bona fide hero of the times. He returned to Spain with a number of prizes, including several natives, samples of exotically different fruits and vegetables, gold and other precious metals. The gold especially boggled eyes. Spain was poor, having been stripped of its precious metals centuries before by the Romans. Some new source was needed. Columbus, in pious naivete, thought gold from the New World might be used to fund a crusade to “free” Jerusalem from so-called infidels. Spain’s Queen Isabella, Columbus’ patroness, thought it a good idea too. The idea, however, was never implemented. Spain had more immediate problems. Besides, the lodes were never so rich nor real as imagined. Yet the possibility they might be launched waves of immigration from old Hispania to new Hispania. The New World thus came first under Spanish influence. But it could have been otherwise. Portugal, France and England said no, before Isabella persuaded her husband, King Ferdinand, to gamble on the man from Genoa.” +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. ……Way #24 Pilgrimage as Prayer
From earliest times, the Church has considered pilgrimage to be of great importance. Of course, the Jews of Jesus’ day conducted frequent pilgrimages, as witnessed by His own life: When He was a boy, His parents found Him in the Temple after they had “lost him” during their journey to Jerusalem for a religious festival. And the week of Jesus’ Passion and death was framed by the pilgrimage of thousands to Jerusalem for the Passover. And so it continued in the Church. Christians came to believe that their souls would benefit from visiting the tombs or other shrines of the martyrs. As early as the fourth century, men and women from across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and even Ethiopia flocked to Jerusalem and other sites in the Holy Land. In the subsequent centuries, the faithful undertook pilgrimages to Rome, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and later, Canterbury (hence, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales). Shrines to Our Lady sprang up at such places as Fatima, Loreto, and Lourdes, and the pilgrims came by the hundreds of thousands, and then the millions.” Paulist Press page 126.
Twenty-first Century Education
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=67PKPNNX&utm_source > Redemption – Today’s Christian Videos – 5.20 min
The true story of one man’s journey from Satanism to Christianity. Appropriate for Intermediate/Senior/Adult groups.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FE1MNNNU&utm_source > The Great Commission – Today’s Christian Videos – 3.16 min A retelling of the Good Samaritan parable in our times. Appropriate for Junior/Intermediate/Senior/ Adult.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=09191FNU&utm_source > Big Brother Dog Teaches Puppy to Go Downstairs > Cute Videos – 1.43 min. Leave it to dogs to give us another sweet reminder that we should treat others with love, kindness and patience. A puppy gets a helping hand from his older brother when he couldn’t quite figure out how to take the stairs. This is so cute! Good for all, good for the heart!
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/09/24/a-detailed-visual-guide-to-distributed-project-based-learning/ > “If you want to know more about the power of project-based learning, check out the following article by Jeff Dunn of Edudemic, featuring a downloadable infographic produced by Visual.ly. ”
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/09/23/the-best-11-device-is-a-good-teacher/ > Our greatest piece of classroom technology is, and always will be, a passionate teacher. Andrew Marcinek echoes these sentiments in the following article he wrote for Edutopia.”
http://www.carfleo.org > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade
130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
“Who Was Massasoit?
Massasoit was the name of a Native American leader who brought 90 of his men to join the Pilgrims for the first Thanksgiving celebration. The English had decided to have a “harvest feast” to give thanks for all the food they had been able to grow that summer – and were probably surprised when so many Indians showed up to join them. But they were very glad for the opportunity to make friends with the native people – which was not easy since they didn’t speak the same language. This first “Thanksgiving” was not just one dinner on one day in [October] like Canadians have now. Massasoit sent out his men and they brought back five deer and the English had the food they had grown – maybe pumpkins and corn and cranberries – and maybe some wild turkeys. It took awhile to cook all this food so the “feast” lasted at least three days. No one is sure about all the details since there are not a lot of records of those days. The Pilgrims may have invited the Native Americans or Massasoit may have just come over to find out what kind of party his neighbours were having. Either way, it was a very important “happening” since it was a time for making friends and giving thanks – just like Thanksgiving is today. Would you have liked to be there at that first feast? Do you think they said a “blessing” or some kind of prayer to thank God for the good harvest before they ate? If you had been there, what kind of blessing would YOU have said?” page 48
WHAT’S YOUR CATHOLIC IQ?
CATHOLIC JEOPARDY – Who says teaching religion can’t be fun? RTJ’s Creative Catechist > September 2013
Women Saints – Double Jeopardy
For 400 points – Mary appeared to this famous visionary when she was only 14
Who is St.Bernadette?
For 800 points – After she was partially paralyzed, she taught catechism from her bed
Who is St. Julie Billiart?
For 1200 points – Born in Canada Pope John XIII called her “the Mother of Universal Charity”
Who is St. Margaret d’Youville?
For 1600 points – Although a queen, she helped the poor and is the patron of Scotland
Who is St. Margaret of Scotland?
For 2000 points – Founded the first free school for girls West of the Mississippi
Who is St. Rose Philippine Duchesne?
This was a difficult double jeopardy!!! If you got two/five you did very well.
BONUS JEOPARDY – This Catholic explorer hoped to bring the gospel to the New World. Christopher Columbus.
Book of Exodus
For 200 points – The meaning of “Exodus”
For 400 points – The mountain of God where an angel appeared to Moses
For 600 points – Moses’ brother who assisted him in the journey
For 800 points – The Jewish festival that thanks God for the produce of the land
For 1000 points – The portable box that housed the tablets of the Law
Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.” Huh! 35 Weird Facts You Never Heard Of