Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 24, 2013
from Sr. Pat Carter CSJ
Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Glory and praise forever!”
November 24th is the Feast of Christ the King. This is the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar. “The feast of Christ the King seems at times out of place in democratic societies. If a king is understood to be one who rules with absolute power, this image runs counter to what we consider the ideal government. The readings of this Sunday use the image of a king, but with a twist. The king as presented in both 2 Samuel and Luke is far from the despot who rules with absolute power. In 2 Samuel we see the elders anointing David as king over Israel. David was chosen to be a king who would act as shepherd of the people – to protect and care for the flock, assuring their life and safety. David’s kingship was not about personal power but about guaranteeing that the people of Israel would live and proclaim the power of God. The gospel scene that proclaims the kingship of Jesus is, surprisingly, the crucifixion. Only on the cross is Jesus proclaimed king. This is neither a scene of power for himself nor glory from a human perspective. It is in his utter helplessness that Jesus is recognized as king, and in this moment Jesus thinks not of himself but of another. This Sunday we celebrate a king whose life was centred on caring for others, offering life to others. In this, the image of Christ as King is one that every Christian is invited to imitate.” (Barbara Bozak, November Living with Christ, page 119.) Jesus, show us how to use our personal power to care for others and to protect the vulnerable. Do a good action to celebrate our King whose life was centred on caring for others!
November 30th is the memorial of St. Andrew. “Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. However, when John pointed to Jesus and said, “There is the Lamb of God,” Andrew left John at once to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him. Turning back, he asked, “What are you looking for?” Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus stayed. Our Lord replied, “Come and see.” Andrew had been with Jesus only a little while when he realized that this was truly the Messiah. From then on, he decided to follow Jesus. He became the first disciple of Christ. Next Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus. The Lord received him, too, as his disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs. Later, the Lord called them to leave their way of life behind and be his full-time followers. He promised to make them fishers of [people], and this time they left their nets for good. It is believed that after our Lord ascended into heaven, St. Andrew preached the Gospel in Greece. He is said to have been put to death on an X-shaped cross, to which he was tied not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering. Andrew still found enough strength to preach to the people who gathered around their beloved apostle. Two countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron – Russia and Scotland.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 2 pages 272-273. St. Andrew, inspire us to follow Jesus as you and your brother Peter did. Eat some goldfish crackers today in honour of the fisherman Andrew.
Serving in the Light of Christ – a quote for the week
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything.” Thomas Merton
New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education
Believing ~ Hope Expectations for Intermediate Classes
By the end of grade 8, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:
• Recognize in the saving story of the Christian faith God’s call to holiness;
• Appreciate the authority of the Magisterium in the interpretation of scripture and its message for contemporary Christian living;
• Actively reflect on Sacred Scripture as a means to grow in understanding and practice of the Catholic faith;
• Proclaim with confidence a belief in the mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Creed
Grade 7 – Demonstrate an understanding of Christ as the centre of Sacred Scripture (i.e. the Messiah who fulfills the covenantal promise of God’s Reign) By reading the prologue to John’s gospel we get an inkling of the presence of Christ – the Word from the very beginning of Creation. Jn.1:1-18 The Jewish people [still] hold a belief that the Messiah is one who will come to bring fulfillment to the covenantal promise of God’s reign. So as Judeo-Christians we understand that Jesus was the Messiah and that he did bring fulfillment to the covenantal promises of God’s kingdom. [CCC. 101-141; 422-682]
Grade 8 – Demonstrate an understanding of how the Church approaches the interpretation of scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Describe the “four senses of scripture” that assist the Church in understanding scripture (i.e. literal, spiritual, allegorical, moral and analogical) [CCC 115-119] and apply each to an examination of a selection of Scripture passages (e.g. Gen. 3 – the promise of redemption; Genesis 12:1-3 – Abraham; Exodus 11: 1-9; 12:21-27 – Moses; 2 Samuel 7:4-6, 18 – David; Isaiah 55:3, 10-11 – Prophets; Luke 1:26-38 – Annunciation and Incarnation, etc.) [CCC 51-141] God calls a people to be in covenant relationship with Him through Abraham, the people are taken into slavery by the Egyptians and through Moses God frees them, the people fall struggle as a nation and want a king like the other nations around them, so God appoints David to be their king. But the people struggle to be faithful (like we do) and God sends prophets (those who speak the truth of God to the people), eventually in the fullness of time God sends Jesus to show us how to live covenantal love.
Equity and Inclusive Education – The Power of Targeted Interventions
“Gender Most students, especially boys, enjoy using technology. Making technology an integral part of the classroom experience will help engage boys in reading and writing. The Internet and other multimedia resources can be an effective catalyst for students to think, analyze, and discuss. Technology can expand students’ learning beyond the classroom walls. It provides real-world issues and relevant topics. When boys engage in literacy for authentic reasons and can through inquiry investigate, analyze, problem-solve, and formulate opinions, they gain a deeper appreciation for teaching and writing as practical and necessary life skills. Boys take more ownership and feel more independent when they have choice in their assignments. …When students are given choice, teachers can address their different learning styles more effectively. …Many boys respond best when work is assigned in small, manageable chucks and is time limited. They appreciate lessons that are broken into a variety of activities, including more “active” learning opportunities such as drama, investigation, research, or use of information technology. Some boys do not have the patience for lengthy, time-consuming assignments.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All page 133-134
A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
“THE CANONICAL HOURS
Among the Jewish customs perpetuated by the Fathers of the early church was that of praying at given hours of the day. The Jews prayed three times a day (at the third, sixth and ninth hours), but the practice was expanded in the Christian tradition. Thus early on, the Jewish hours of prayer were added midnight (commemorating when Paul and Silas sang in prison), dawn and evening, bringing the number of prayer hours to six. In the sixth century, Benedict, the patriarch of Western monasticism, added a seventh to commend the example of the psalmist who exclaimed, “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments” (Psalm 119:164). Before all was finished, the day was divided into eight parts, each with its prescribed prayers. In monasteries, in canonical life and among the devout, these became known as the canonical hours. When observed, the canonical hours are: Matins, theoretically the canonical hour for midnight, but in time usually observed before dawn or, as in France, on the preceding evening in accordance with the old proposition that “evening and morning were the one day.” Lauds, proper to sunrise, but mostly grouped with Matins as morning prayer. Prime (first hour, 6 a.m.), Terce (third hour, 9:00 a.m.), Sext (sixth hour, noon) and None (ninth hour, 3 p.m.). Prime, Terce and Sext are the so-called “little day hours” and eventually came to be combined into the one observance.
Vespers, also known as Evensong, and commonly marked at sunset. Compline, meaning “completion,” the end of the day, bedtime. Technically the hour of observance was 9 p.m., and was intended as a time of prayer for protection during the darkness. Compline came to be combined with Vespers. Prayers for the canonical hours (the Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, etc.) were collected into books, often handsomely illuminated and gorgeously bound. These were known, naturally, as Books of Hours.” +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
A decision to fast does not have to pertain to giving up food or drink. We can choose to deny ourselves other enjoyments or addictions that we have, or to deprive ourselves of an hour of sleep; for example, to pray or to do some work of justice or charity. If it does involve food, however, it does not have to be a total fast. Giving up one meal a day, having a simpler meal for dinner, allowing liquids but not solid foods during the day, or not eating during the day until after sunset (as the Muslims and Jews do), are all traditional possibilities. In general, however, it would be most meaningful for most people to try to observe some sort of fasting or abstinence on Fridays, as the Church encourages each of us to commit ourselves to join in prayer and witness with the universal community of God’s people. Such a day of fasting, whether strict or only partial, should also include a special resolution to pray with a twofold purpose: to praise God for his goodness and acknowledge our dependence on Him and to seek forgiveness for our faults in a true spirit of penance.” Paulist Press page 133.
Twenty-first Century Education
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=J2EJFMNU&utm_source> Skit Guys – What Keeps You From Following God?
11.48 min In several funny scenes the Guys show many reasons people don’t follow God completely. Sometimes it’s excuses, sometimes it’s procrastination, and sometimes it may be you. Intermediate/Senior/Adult
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=DPZWGPNX&utm_source> Regrets > 2.42 min We often mark our pasts by the regrets we have. Whether its trials we encounter, the disappointments we endure, or the unhealthy habits we foster, we each have lingering regrets in our lives. We allow ourselves to be burdened by our pain, scars and shame forgetting that Christ came to set us free.
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WDZDD7NX&utm_source > The Kindness Effect: It’s Contagious > 5.44 min
At the heart of every act of kindness is God. God is love. Show someone love today to show them the love of our Savior.
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/11/11/six-new-changes-in-childrens-media-habits/ Six New Changes in Children’s Media Habits…shocking new stats on young children’s use of technology.
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/10/28/why-music-the-many-benefits-of-musical-education/ Why Music? The Many Benefits of Musical Education by Ross Crocket “What can music do for the brain? Studies have shown that learning to play a musical instrument improves hand-eye coordination, develops heightened cognitive abilities (like memory and analytical skills), and balances both hemispheres of the brain. Also, it’s just fun! This infographic from the folks at the University of Florida was recently featured on Visual.ly. Some of the wealth of information you will see here comes from UF’s popular online Master of Music in Music Education course. This infographic presents a whole buffet of benefits that we derive as learners when we get into our music.”
http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/ search How to Lead Small Group Prayer – a skill that can help in the classroom
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 Turned Off the Light?
Sometimes when there’s a stormy night, the electricity suddenly goes off – and what do you do then? If you’re eating dinner, you can’t see where the food is on your plate. If you’re reading a bedtime story, you can’t see the book! You need light! Soon the electricity company fixes the problem and the light bulbs go on again. But how do they do that? Well, inside the glass light bulb, there’s a glass tube, a glass rod, some straight wires, and a little coil of wire called a filament. When you turn on a lamp that is plugged into an electric outlet, electricity comes into the bottom of the bulb and travels to the filament. The filament gets so hot, it glows – and gives off a light bright enough for you to see everything in the room! A lot of people worked to invent electricity but a man named Thomas Edison made the first practical light bulb and later developed the first central electric-light power plant. Aren’t you glad God made Mr. Edison so talented and so inventive? But did you know God gave each person a special “talent”? Some people can sing or play music or paint pictures or write books or play ball or be kind to others or be a good housecleaner or automobile mechanic or truck driver or smile and tell funny stories and make other people happy. There are so many “talents,” you couldn’t even list them all. Which talent do you think God gave you? Ask God to help you find out which is your special talent – and teach you how to use it.” Page 57
WHAT’S YOUR CATHOLIC IQ? by Page McKean Zyromski
CATHOLIC Who Wants to be A Millionaire? – Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?
1. A martyr is a person who A. dies for the faith
2. The word used by the Church to mean God’s call to the priesthood or religious life is B. vocation
3. The person who leads parishioners in song at Mass is called a A. cantor
4. In Holy Communion, Jesus is really and truly present C. in both species, the bread and the wine
5. The year that the Mass began to be said in English in this country was C. 1964
1. When Jesus was twelve years old
A. he got separated from his parents in Jerusalem
B. Mary and Joseph had to search anxiously for him for three days
C. he sat among the rabbis in the Temple
D. all of these
E. none of these
2. A Gentile is
A. anyone who is not a Jew C. one of the twelve tribes of Israel
B. anyone who is an orthodox Jew D. a Jewish high priest
3. In the Book of Exodus we learn that the ark of the covenant
A. was a portable golden box carried on poles
B. contained the tablets of the law, the rod of Aaron, and a sample of manna
C. was honoured as a symbol of God’s presence
D. all of these
E. none of these
4. The religious order that preserved the Bible during the Dark Ages by writing out copies by hand is
A. the Benedictines B. the Franciscans C. the Dominicans D. the Jesuits
5. The prophet Elijah
A. challenged the wicked Queen Jezebel
B. challenged the 400 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel
C. ascended into heaven in a fiery chariot
D. all of these
E. none of these
The one Gospel that is very different from the other three is the Gospel of
A. Peter B. John C. Thomas D. Matthew
Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“Drivers kill more deer than hunters.” Huh!