image Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning March 9, 2014

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning March 9, 2014

From Sr. Pat Carter

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Turn to the Lord and his strength.” Psalm 104

March 9th is the 1st Sunday of Lent. “People who fast often say that, although they experience great difficulty in the beginning, they find within themselves an ability to see things more clearly, and a spiritual strength they never before realized. They discover a discerning spirit and greater awareness of others. The things they once desired no longer dominate their minds and hearts. So, too, it seems, with Jesus. Soon after being baptized by John and experiencing God’s affirmation of his love, Jesus is led out into the desert to be tested. After a 40-day fast, utterly starved, Jesus is tempted three times with offers of food, power and wealth. Despite each enticement, Jesus demonstrates fidelity to God and rejects all three. In his weakness, Jesus is filled with strength. In these early days of our Lenten journey, we are reminded that if we are to turn away from sin and be dependent upon God, we must be willing to give up something. We have to allow God to prune away those things that cloud our vision or overwhelm the sound of God’s voice in our daily lives. Perhaps that may be stepping away from our endless browsing of the Internet, or shutting off the TV for the season, or even eating less of those things we so desire. In making sacrifices, we allow more room for God and each other. God becomes our strength and our only desire.” Don Beyers, March Living with Christ, page 63. Holy Spirit of God, give us insight to know from what to fast in order that our lives become focused on God, our only true desire. Sundays are not considered days within Lent. Today fast from whatever complicates your life. Look at!

March 10th is the memorial of St. Dominic Savio. “Dominic Savio was born in northern Italy in 1842. One day when he was just four years old, he disappeared. When his mother went to look for him, she found Dominic kneeling in a quiet corner praying. At five, Dominic became an altar boy. When he was seven, he received his First Holy Communion. ON that day, Dominic chose a motto for himself. He promised Jesus in his heart, “I will die, but I won’t sin!” And he prayed every day to be true to his promise. When he was twelve, Dominic went to the school run by St. John Bosco in Turin, Italy. Dominic missed his family, but he was happy to be at Don Bosco’s school. Here he would learn everything that he would need to become a priest, which is what he wanted to do with all his heart. Dominic was a good student, but he was a lot of fun to be with, too. He was the kind of person Don Bosco and the students knew they could depend on. Once Dominic broke up a fight between two angry boys. He held up a crucifix and reminded the boys that they should forgive as Jesus did. Another time, Dominic noticed a group of bigger boys huddled in a circle. He worked his way through to see what was so interesting and found pornographic magazines. He grabbed them and ripped them up. The boys had never seen Dominic so angry. “Oh, what’s so wrong with looking at these pictures anyway?” one of the boys blurted. “If you don’t see anything wrong,” Dominic said sadly, “that’s even worse. It means you’re used to looking at impure things!” Sometime later, Dominic began to feel sick. He was sent home to his family to get better. But even in his hometown, his health did not improve. He grew worse instead and received the last sacraments. He began to realize that he would not be going back to Don Bosco’s school. His great hope of becoming a priest was not to be fulfilled. Just before he died, Dominic tried to sit up. He said to his father, “I am seeing wonderful things.” Then he rested his head on the pillow and closed his eyes. Dominic died in 1857 just a few weeks before his fifteenth birthday.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, vol.1, pages 123-124 St. Dominic, help us to look at the world as blessed and holy. Pray for all those who look at impure things.

Serving in the Love of Christ – a quote for the week
“I have chosen the way of faithfulness” Ps. 119:30

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education
On hold until next week

A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
No field of scientific medicine has exploded with such suddenness as that or reproductive technologies. On March 10th 1987 Rome let it be known that it wanted nothing of it, or at least very little, for that day it released its official doctrinal position on the subject, a forty-page document entitled, “Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation.” The document may have been awkwardly titled, but there was no mistaking where the Vatican stood on seemingly every conceivable detail of reproductive biomedicine. The Vatican was against surrogate motherhood and experimentations on human embryos. It was against virtually all forms of artificial insemination, approving only medical interference in human reproduction when it assisted married couples who have engaged in the “normal” sex act; this put Rome on record even against in vitro or test-tube fertilization, a procedure already incorporated into the medical practices of many Catholic hospitals around the world. The Vatican also took a position against genetic counseling, embryo and sperm banks, donor insemination – and, further, called on all governments to enact laws on the subject. That call extended Rome’s hand into the legal field in seeking limits on medical interference in human reproduction. The condemnation of reproductive technologies followed decades of rising concern, nowhere more so than at the Vatican, over the ethical implications of new medical/scientific technologies for assisting reproduction. There was some sharp dissent to Rome’s instruction, including among some Catholics, who would have preferred more flexibility in several areas, as in aiding couples who are infertile. On the other hand, the New York Times editorially welcomed the instruction, declaring that it offered a considered set of views warranting attention, as secular society argues out its position in biomedical ethics.” +John Deedy

Equity and Inclusive Education – Leadership for Equitable and Inclusive Schools
“Leadership for Equity at the School Level STRATEGIC OPERATIONS Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for our least experienced teachers to be assigned to schools where children live in poverty, or to schools with a large population of racialized groups (Barton, 2003). Superintendents and principals are wise to put their best people and resources into the schools and classes that need them the most. They need to work collaboratively with teacher unions to review and revise in-school assignments and transfer practices so that teachers can be where they are most needed.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All, page 153.

Twenty-first Century Education > Bring Jesus Christ to the young church through digital media. > Inspiring and soul-satisfying AMAZING videos about images of faith, love and hope > a unique Lenten calendar for Intermediate and Senior students…only revealed each day. > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade > a video to inservice teachers and others involved in education today. The video tells the stories of LGBTQ students and parents, teachers and others. It really gives you something to think about. Please do not show this video in your classroom. It is intended for use by teachers to hear the stories and to check our bias in relation to this group of students.

130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD! by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
“Small Bone, Long Bone, Funny Bone!
Now you know God put lots of bones in your body and they’re attached to muscles so they hold you together and help you walk and talk and make a fist and kick a football. But do you know what your smallest and your longest bones are? Well, the smallest bone is in your ear! It’s called a stapes and this tiny bone, along with two other bones always as small, helps you hear. The stapes is also called the stirrup because it is shaped like the stirrups you would put your feet into if you rode a horse. Going from your head to your leg, the longest and strongest bone is your thigh-bone, which connects your knee to your hips – and it is called the femur. None of your bones are really funny since they are very important to help you climb trees and do chores or run errands for your family. But there’s a spot on your arm near your elbow that people CALL your funny bone (although it isn’t a bone, it’s a nerve, and if you hit it, it really hurts). AND if you see something funny – like a dog chasing his tail or a friend making a silly face – and you laugh, then people say that what you saw “tickled your funny bone!” What kind of silly things tickle YOUR funny bone the most? Do you like to hear funny stories or jokes or riddles or play silly games? Could you tell a funny story or play a silly game today with a friend who’s sick or sad? Maybe you could cheer someone up by tickling someone’s funny bone!” page 69.

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?
CATHOLIC JEOPARDY : Do forget to give your answer in the form of a question.
The topic is SACRAMENT OF THE SICK created by Sister Pat Carter

1. The priest blesses the sick person with this substance.

2. The time when the sacrament of the sick is offered.

3. The number of people who can receive the sacrament of the sick at one time.

4. This is the offering of eucharist before one dies and is often confused with sacrament of sick.

5. The place where the sacrament of the sick is offered.

Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“The Phantom of the Opera is set in Paris.” Huh!

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