Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 17, 2013

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From Sr. Pat Carter csj

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“To be near God is my happiness.” Psalm 72:28

November 17th is the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. “The true intent of this Sunday’s scripture texts is encouragement for the faithful who worship God and try to live justly and righteously. Because it is not always easy to follow the Gospel, such good news is timely. The community Malachi addresses found it difficult to distinguish right from wrong anymore, since the faithless seemed to trump the faithful every time. It had become paramount for Malachi to insist that clear lines would eventually be drawn between evil and good, evildoers and the righteous. The righteous could look forward to vindication, healing and the warmth of God’s faithful love toward them. A different kind of encouragement is afforded to the Christian community at Thessalonika. Long-suffering in their care of members perfectly capable of looking after themselves but too busy prying into others’ affairs to work, these faithful Christians are released from supporting those who gave the community a bad name by their behavior. Finally, as we wait for the Lord’s return in glory, we can depend on the presence of God’s Holy Spirit for assistance. With this assurance, we need not be concerned about exact dates and times, but only with fidelity and constancy in our discipleship.”Christine Mader, November Living with Christ, page 91. Loving God, help us to be faithful in large and small ways.

November 21st is the memorial of the Presentation of Mary. “The Bible does not tell us anything about the childhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But tradition tells us that she was the daughter of St. Joachim and St. Anne. While still a young child, her parents brought Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem and presented her to the Lord. Mary’s whole life was to belong to God. He had chosen her to be the Mother of his Son, Jesus. The Blessed Virgin was happy to begin serving God in the Temple. And St. Joachim and St. Anne were pleased to offer their saintly little girl to God. They knew that God has sent her to them. In the Temple, the high priest received the child Mary. She was placed among the girls who were dedicated to prayer and Temple service. While Mary received an education at the Temple, she also must have been a wonderful example to her companions of goodness and joy. St. Joachim and St. Anne went back home. They praised and thanked God for their blessed daughter. And Mary remained in the Temple, where she grew in holiness. She spent her days reading the [Torah], praying, and serving the Temple priests. She made beautiful linens and splendid vestments. Mary tried to do each of her duties well to please God. She grew in grace and gave great glory to the Lord.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 255-256. Mary teach us to be full of grace. Do one thing today for the greater glory of God.

November 22nd is the memorial of St. Cecilia. “This patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century. Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who had given her heart to Christ. She wanted to be his bride, but Cecilia’s father gave her in marriage to a young pagan nobleman. It is said that during the wedding celebration, the lovely bride sat apart. She was singing to God in her heart and praying for his help. When she and Valerian, her husband, were alone, she gathered up her courage and said to him: “I have a secret to tell you. You must know that I have an angel of God watching over me. If you let me keep my promise to be Christ’s bride only, my angel will love you as he loves me.” Valerian was convinced by Cecilia to honour her vow of virginity and to become a Christian. His brother, Tiburtius, also learned of the Christian faith from Cecilia. She spoke so beautifully of Jesus that before long he, too, was baptized. Together the two brothers performed many works of charity. When they were arrested for being Christians, they went bravely to death rather than give up their new faith in Jesus. St. Cecilia lovingly buried their bodies before she, too, was arrested. She converted the very officers who tried to make her sacrifice to false gods. When she was put into a fire, it did not harm her. At last, a man was sent to behead her. He struck her neck three times, but Cecilia did not die right away. She lay on the floor of her own home unable to move. Yet, by holding out three fingers of one hand and one of the other, she still professed her belief in the Blessed Trinity: that there is one God in three divine Persons.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 256-257. O God, may we witness to our faith in such a way that others come to believe in Jesus too. Sing the song Be God’s in St. Cecilia’s honour today.

Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week​
“they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to put yourselves at the service of such people”
1 Cor 16:15

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education
Believing ~ Hope Expectations for Junior Classes
By the end of grade 6, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:
 Reflect on the saving story of our Christian faith and how we are to respond to God’s gift of salvation;
 Cherish the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as an encounter with God, and Christ Jesus as the living Word of God at the heart of the gospels;
 Actively seek to find the face of God in Scripture, in God’s creation, particularly in the face of the other;
 Proclaim with confidence a belief in the mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Creed.

Grade 4 – Demonstrate an understanding of the Transmission of Divine Revelation in history (i.e. Sacred Scripture and Tradition) and why the Gospels hold a special place in the Church. God inspired humans to write Sacred Scripture so we would have a written tradition of Divine Revelation; for Transmission of Divine Revelation in history go to Catechism of the Catholic Church #109-114. There is also a brief note on the Gospels and the place these works hold in the Church found at CCC #124-127.

Grade 5 – Demonstrate an understanding of the important role of the Church in handing on Divine Revelation. Jesus lived and walked and taught the truth of God. The Apostles continued his teaching orally until some of them began to die at which time a written tradition was inspired. [CCC nos. 74-100] Bishops succeeded the apostles who continued the teaching ministry in the Church. Over time Scriptures and Tradition were seen as two essential sources of Divine Revelation, equally important for us to know the whole truth of God. We experience Christ Jesus in the living Word of God, in the sacramental life of the Church and in the people of God. Prayer is the way we form our personal relationship with Jesus.

Grade 6 – Demonstrate an understanding of the Church’s teaching on how the human person comes to know and believe in God (from the created world through the natural light of reason, through God’s self-revelation in Sacred Scripture and through the handing-on of the faith by the Church.) The human person was created by God for a relationship with God and God never ceases to draw us to himself.[CCC. 27] So God reveals Godself to us through many ways. The quest for a power greater than ourselves has always drawn us to search for God. [CCC nos. 27-49] However, this search for God is an act of faith – our free response to the initiative of God who reveals himself. [CCC 166-184] Creation holds us in awe and draws us to the Creator in thanksgiving and praise. [CCC 279-324]

Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
“Gender At times, our lesson plans and the way we respond to students have more to do with our own interests and experiences than those of our students. Our personal likes and dislikes can affect how we plan the learning environment for our students. Without realizing it, we may have organized instruction that misses the mark when it comes to engaging our students. …In engaged and responsive learning environments, teachers acknowledge the value of the wide range of writing that students do in their daily lives and provide classroom opportunities for such writing. Boys are more engaged when the work seems relevant to them, when it has a purpose they can understand. Many boys who do not like to read and write at school are choosing to sit at a computer and read and write for hours when at home – they text their friends and blog about their strategies when gaming. Their writing has become a social activity facilitated by web-based and mobile technologies.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 132-133

A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
“FREDERIC OZANAM, MR.VINCENT de PAUL
Frederic Ozanam was only twenty when, with seven colleagues, he founded the Vincent de Paul Society, in his words, to “insure my faith by works of charity.” The society was named after the much admired seventeenth-century French saint, who was himself known for an all-embracing charity. Frederic Ozanam lived only to age forty – he died of consumption [Tuberculosis] – but to the end he was an active member and zealous propagator of the society, traveling extensively in its behalf. By his death, the society was widely celebrated, numbered upwards of two thousand members, and had already crossed the ocean to the United States. Interesting enough, in his lifetime Frederic Ozanam was known more as a Catholic intellectual than a Catholic organizer. He gained attention at eighteen for a pamphlet against Saint-Simonianism, the vaguely socialist doctrine that would put the direction of the modern industrialist state in the hands of scientists and strip religion of dogmas into what would be called a New Christianity. Numerous other important writings and contributions of an intellectual sort would be credited to Ozanam – so many, indeed, that one scholar wrote the Ozanam had “no doubt administered a healthful antidote to the prevalent notion, particularly among English-speaking peoples, that the Catholic Church had done far more to enslave than to elevate the human mind.” He was trained in law, but his knowledge of Dante and medieval literature generally made him a man of broad cultural grasp. He was one of the most esteemed scholars of his day. Frederic Ozanam moved in imposing circles. He associated with the Ampere family, including Andre Marie Ampere, the scientist who gave his name to the unit of electrical current we know as the ampere. Ozanam chummed too with luminaries of the neo-Catholic movement, among them Chateaubriand, Lacordaire, Montalembert and Ballanche. But perhaps closest to his heart were his colleagues in charity, the anonymous associates of his Vincent de Paul Society.” +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 #25 Fasting as Prayer
The values of fasting are thus many. All Catholics should find ways to incorporate fasting into their prayer life. It allows us to combine our prayer of obedience to God with our confession of sinfulness, and it reminds us at the same time that what we have in abundance must be shared with those who have less. All days of fasting should be carried out in a quiet and unassuming way, recalling Jesus’ own command to us: “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites who neglect their appearance so that they may appear to others as fasting…but when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden” (Matt 6:16-18). Jesus also suggested that we fast as a sign of our awareness that we will await his Second Coming. He tells the Pharisees and scribes who complain that his disciples do not fast, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? …But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast” (Mark 2:19-20).” Paulist Press page 131-132.

Twenty-first Century Education
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=7PKK7PNX&utm_source > Josh Wilson >I Refuse – Music Video – 3.39 min
I don’t want to live like I don’t care. I don’t want to say another empty prayer. I refuse! A great song.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=01900CNU&utm_source > Where Do You Share Your Faith? > Ministry Video –
59 sec. There are places and times that are great for presenting who God is. Sometimes though, we need to hold back. Check out this video illustration on some ways that maybe aren’t the best for sharing your faith. Humorous video! It is laugh out loud funny.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=09CJEFNU&utm_source > Go from “Me” to “We” in your Marriage > Inspirational Video – 2.55 min ~ A really great video about growing in your marriage.
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/10/26/teach-digital-citizenship-with-minecraft/?utm_source > How to Teach Digital Citizenship with Minecraft > Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you want. But more importantly, it holds the potential to help teach global digital citizenship. The nature of the game promotes creativity, resource management, and cooperation. These elements help to make Minecraft a wonderful, gameful way to cooperate with others to obtain a shared goal—exactly what is expected of them in the workforce of today and tomorrow. Written by Josh Ward, and hosted at Ask a Tech Teacher, this article describes some interesting ways to incorporate the game into instruction.”

http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/ Joe Paprocki is a seasoned catechist and his website offers many simple and very helpful tips for the Catechist’s journey. Sign up to receive his blog posts.

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
“Insect Architects
An architect is someone who designs and/or builds buildings – like schools, churches, grocery stores, and tree houses. So how could an insect be an architect? Well, God made them so they just naturally know how to weave, shape, sculpt, and build! Spiders design and weave very fancy spiderwebs that sometimes look like lace. Wasps make papery nests that have many layers. Termites build houses that are sometimes five feet tall (as tall as some grade 6 students!) and are designed so they have something similar to air conditioning! And bees make wonderful honeycombs full of little round holes they fill with honey. Those are some of the insect architects! God made other builders too – beavers that build dams, birds that make all kinds of nests and people who build skyscrapers. Would you like to be an architect some day? What would you build? A hospital, an office building, a tree house, a doghouse, a people house? How about a castle or a cathedral?” Page 56

WHAT’S YOUR CATHOLIC IQ? by Page McKean Zyromski

CATHOLIC Who Wants to be A Millionaire? – Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?

Catholic Identity
1. The sign that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the tabernacle in church is A. a burning sanctuary lamp – usually red.
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2. A person who genuflects C. bends the right knee to the floor and rises again

3. The teaching that there are three persons in one God is called D. the Trinity

4. The ending of the Mass prayer, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
C. but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

5. Before the Second Vatican Council, Mass all around the world was celebrated in C. Latin​​​

Continuing with the category of Catholic Identity
1. A martyr is a person who
A. dies for the faith ​​​​​
B. teaches the faith​​​​​
C. goes out into the desert to live a solitary life
D. lives in a monastery

2. The word used by the Church to mean God’s call to the priesthood or religious life is
A. concelebration​​ B. vocation​​ C. invocation​​​ D. community

3. The person who leads parishioners in song at Mass is called a
A. cantor​​​ B. altar server​​ C. bishop​​​ D. soloist

4. In Holy Communion, Jesus is really and truly present
A. only in the consecrated hosts​​​
B. only in the consecrated wine
C. in both species, the bread and the wine
​​​​D. only as a symbol

5. The year that the Mass began to be said in English in this country was
A. 1492. ​​​B. 1776. ​​C. 1964​​​ D. 2003

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Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“Red cars are prohibited in Shanghai, China.”

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