image Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 1, 2014


Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Go make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19

June 1 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. “Matthew’s telling of the Ascension story is both ironic and comforting. The twelve apostles are sent out to inspire, to teach and to lead in the renewal of the twelve tribes of Israel. After the tragedy of Judas’ betrayal and suicide, there are only eleven of them. Now known as disciples (learners) rather than apostles (messengers), they continue to learn what discipleship means. Jesus does not call them to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the seat of Israel’s tradition and hope. Instead, he summons them to an anonymous mountain in Galilee. Seeing him, they worship, but doubt. Worship and doubt don’t logically go together, but even for us today they coexist as elements of a genuine personal faith. When Jesus approaches, he does not try to argue away their doubts. Instead, he offers a stirring invitation to include the whole world in their circle of worship and doubt, to make disciples of all nations. The eleven disciples’ struggles would become their greatest asset. Because they knew for themselves both worship and doubt, they, like so many after them, were credible witnesses to Jesus’ mysterious presence – even to the end of the age.” Rev.Corbin Eddy, June Living with Christ, page 33.

Dear Jesus, send us affirming witnesses when we are doubting so that we may worship you joyfully. After celebrating the Eucharist today, share what you learned during the homily with your parents.

June 1 is World Communications Day
. “Today Catholics are invited to reflect upon the media of social communication (films, radio, television, newspapers, audiovisuals) and how these influence our lives. The media can promote values that lead to a more fully human society. The Church’s ministry is twofold. The media can be used to help promote the Gospel. At the same time, as receivers of the materials presented by the media, the faithful have a duty to support and promote worthwhile presentations on media and reject those which promote values contrary to spiritual growth.”
Ordo p. 238

June 5th is the memorial of St. Boniface
. “This great apostle of Germany was born in Devonshire, England, around the year 680. When he was small, some missionaries stayed a while at his home. They told the boy all about their work. They were so happy and excited about bringing the Good News to people. Boniface decided in his heart that he would be just like the missionaries when he grew up. While still young, Boniface went to a monastery school to be educated. Some years later, he became a popular teacher. When he was ordained a priest, he was a powerful preacher because he was so full of enthusiasm. Boniface wanted everyone to have the opportunity to know about and love Jesus and his Church. He became a missionary to the western part of Germany. Pope St. Gregory II blessed him and sent him on this mission. Boniface preached with great success. He was gentle and kind. He was also a man of great courage. Once, to prove that the pagan gods were false, he did a bold thing. There was a certain huge oak tree called the “oak of Thor.” The pagans believed it was sacred to their gods. In front of a large crowd, Boniface cut down the tree with an axe. The big tree crashed. The pagans realized that their gods were false when nothing happened to Boniface. Everywhere he preached, new members were received into the Church. In his lifetime, Boniface converted great numbers of people. In place of the statues of the pagan gods, he built churches and monasteries. In 732, the new pope, St. Gregory III, made Boniface an archbishop and gave him another mission territory. It was Bavaria, which is part of Germany today. Boniface and some companions went there to teach the people about the Christian faith. Here, too, the holy bishop was very successful. Then, one day, Bishop Boniface was preparing to confirm some converts. A group of fierce warriors swooped down on the camp. Boniface would not let his companions defend him. “Our Lord tells us to repay evil with good,” he said. “The day has come for which I have waited so long. Trust in God and he will save us.” The Barbarians attacked, and Boniface was the first one killed.” Saints of Young People for Every Day. pages 272-274

Help us Jesus to have the same joyful spirit of the missionaries that stayed with Boniface. We do not have to leave home to be missionaries. Share with someone something for which you are very grateful. Then thank God!

Serving in the Love of Christ – a quote for the week​

“I don’t know Who — or what — put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone — or Something — and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.” Dag Hammarskjöld

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 Seven BL 3.2 Explain the role and responsibilities of the College of Bishops as the successors of the apostles and the role of the Pope as the successor of Peter. [CCC 857-896] In the early Church the apostles became the first bishops. In the book of Titus, Paul is appointing bishops and these are the characteristics he is looking for: “For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. He must have a firm grasp of the Word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it. [Titus 1:6-9] As the Church grew and expanded to different parts of the world, bishops became the key teachers in areas called dioceses. The diocese is named after the city in which the Bishop’s church or the cathedral is located. Most of our schools are in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. The Cathedral is located on Queen Street in SSM. The bishop of our Diocese is Bishop Jean Louis Plouffe. He is the main teacher about Church teachings in Sault Ste. Marie diocese. He also is the bishop that confirms young people in the diocese. The bishop of the diocese of Hearst is Vincent Cadieux [this is for Hornepayne and Chapleau schools]. Both Bishops Jean Louis and Vincent belong to the College of Bishops. There are many bishops in this group. The bishops come together for sessions called synods. Sometimes the synods are held in a provincial area, sometimes for a national area. There are synods also held in Rome where bishops come from different countries of the world. When bishops gather they speak to one another about matters of faith or morals. The bishops are preparing for a synod next year on the subject of the Family. The bishop of Rome is the Pope. The Pope is the successor of Peter. He is elected by the cardinals. The present pope is Pope Francis. He has been pope for one year. He has had a great influence in the world so far.
Grade Eight BL 3.1 Examine selected passages from the [Christian Scriptures] to identify and summarize God’s plan for the unity, the holiness, the universality/catholicity and apostolic mark of the Church [CCC 811-945] God’s plan for unity of the Church is based on the fact that everyone belongs to the body of Christ and the Spirit is in the body of Christ. We were called to one hope, one Lord, on faith, one baptism and one God and Father of all. [Eph. 4:4-5] We experience ourselves as one when we have communion with one another at Eucharist. [1 Cor.10:17] We are sheep of one fold of the one shepherd. [John 10:16] God’s plan for holiness of the Church is a call for all of us to love everyone like Christ loved everyone so much that he gave himself up for everyone. [Eph. 5:25-27] Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. We are called to live a life worthy of Christ. [1Tim 1:15] God’s plan for the universality/catholicity of the Church is based on the hope in the word of truth that comes to us through the gospel. This hope is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world due to the grace of God. [Col 1:5-6] God’s plan for the apostolic mark of the Church is illustrated in John’s gospel when Jesus says “Did I not choose you, the twelve?” Again this apostolic mark is demonstrated in Hebrews where is says “And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God.” [Heb. 5:4] The apostles became bishops and Paul tells Titus about the qualities that bishops should have: “He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able to both preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.” [Titus 1:9]

A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
[June 5th] proved fateful for church history for a period of almost seven decades. It was the day in 1305 that Clement V, a Frenchman, was elected pope – a fateful day, for four years later Clement moved the papal court from Rome to Avignon, on the Rhone in southeast France. So began the sixty-eight-year-period known as the Avignon Papacy or, more sinisterly, the Babylonian Captivity. Theoretically, Avignon was politically independent, but for all practical purposes, the region was squarely within French orbits of influence. Clement was but the first of seven successive French popes who would be virtually totally subservient to King Philip IV of France. Furthermore, banks and commercial houses moved to Avignon, and concomitantly the machinery of church government passed largely into French hands. Nothing illustrated more graphically the magnitude of the new French influence than the recomposition of the College of Cardinals. Of the 134 cardinals created between 1305 and 1377, 113 were French. For the church it was a dangerous interlude. The autonomy of the Papal States and the temporal authority of the pope in Italy began to meet challenges, and throughout the then known world people began to regard the church less as a universal institution than a national one. Conditions helped spawn election of an antipope, Nicholas V, in 1328, and that complicated matters further. Urban V, sixth in the line of French popes, began the movement to return the papacy to Rome, but it was his successor, Gregory XI, who got the job done. Two women were influential in the return to Rome – St. Catherine of Siena, who chastised Gregory for neglecting his duties as bishop of Rome; and St. Bridget of Sweden, whose ominous prophecies about Urban’s longevity sobered Gregory into hieing himself to Rome, lest he to die prematurely. The pope returned to Rome January 17, 1377, and they’ve been there since.”+John Deedy

Equity and Inclusive Education – Leadership for Equitable and Inclusive Schools
“Leadership for Equity at the School Level DEVELOPING SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE SCHOOL CULTURES A school’s culture has an immense impact on student success and the quality of instruction within a school. Therefore, it is a key responsibility of the principal to work with school staff to develop a supportive and inclusive school culture. A school’s culture determines how people treat one another. Shaping a school’s culture cannot be done by the principal alone. Only through sharing and distributing leadership will staff come to feel that they have a responsibility for developing a positive school culture. Both staff and students thrive when a school culture is built on trust and fosters excellence, encourages risk taking, builds respect, and values diversity.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All, Avis Glaze, Ruth Mattingley, Ben Levin, page 166.

Twenty-first Century Education > The Skit Guys > The Skinny of Identity – Comedy Videos 5.51 min Who are you? When you strip away the titles that describe you…Son, Daughter, Father, Mother, Student, Teenager, Adult…when all those titles fall who are you? Watch as a few characters struggle to define themselves.
A great video for intermediate and senior students, adults too. > The Ascension 3.55 min
The ascension is perhaps Jesus Christ’s most puzzling act on earth. Why does it matter and what does it really mean for us? Everyone ought to see this explanation. > a Canadian based website for Catholic teachers of Religious Education (my new fav) > Inspiring and soul-satisfying AMAZING videos about images of faith, love and hope

www.carfleoorg > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade

130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD! by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
“What’s in a Name?
Some animals and plants and bugs have names that really fit them – but others don’t. A grasshopper is a bug that hops across the grass and a housefly is a pest that flies around your house – so those names fit. But a dragonfly sounds like a huge fire-breathing creature that can fly – and you know it’s really a small brightly coloured insect with wings that look lacy and fragile. And a peacock sounds like a rooster covered with the kind of green peas you eat for dinner! So the dragonfly and peacock don’t exactly have names that fit. Did you ever know someone who had a name that just didn’t fit? Maybe a big tall strong football player that everybody called Junior? Or maybe a delicate little lady that was name Murgatroid? Who do you know with a name that fits just right? Actually, it doesn’t matter what your legal name is. When someone acts good and honourable, people say they “have made a good name for themselves” – and that’s what counts.” page 85

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?
The Topic is GOSPELS by pcartercsj
1. Which gospel was composed first? Mark’s gospel

2. Where did Matthew and Luke get their common stories? From a source referred to by the name “Q”

3. Which gospel was composed last? John’s gospel

4. Which gospel writer composed the Acts of the Apostles? Luke composed both his gospel and Acts

5. What was the intended audience for Mark’s gospel? Mark was writing for Jews in Rome during the persecution.

BONUS question – What is your favourite gospel account? Your answer is the right answer.

Read the following statements and indicate whether the statement is True or False in the Church’s teaching.
1. It is only in the marital relationship that the use of the sexual faculty can be morally good.

2. It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action.

3. All Christians are called to live a chaste life.

4. The various techniques of artificial reproduction, which would seem to be at the service of life and which are frequently used with this intention, actually open the door to new threats against life.

5. There is no justification for the deliberate killing of an innocent human life.

Movie Blog by Sister Pat
In March I watched a movie/documentary called Crash Reel. It was available on Shaw PPV. It is the story of a young man who is a rising star in the sport of Snowboarding. The story shows how the sport grows more and more dangerous. The story also cautions athletes about taking risks with their heads. It would be a great show to share with young teens who think of themselves as invulnerable. The star of the movie is the intellectually challenged brother to the snowboarding star.

Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“The Epee is the heaviest of the three swords used in Olympic fencing.” Huh!


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