image Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 15, 2014


Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Glory and praise forever.” Daniel 3

June 15 is Trinity Sunday. “For Christians, The Trinity is the primary symbol of a community held together by containing diversity within itself. The language of Father and Son is relational, reminding us that relationship and community are primary. Our God models to us what dynamic Trinitarian life is all about – communication, relationship and affection. Our Christian life is based on imitation of the interior life of the Trinity. The Trinity is the model of every human community, from the most simple and elemental, which is the family, to the universal Church. It shows how love creates unity out of diversity: unity of intentions, of thought, of will; diversity of subjects, of characteristics and, in the human realm, of woman and man. Families can learn so much from the Trinitarian model. On Trinity Sunday, rather than try to solve the mystery, let us ask how open we are to it: the mystery of why God created us to begin with; the mystery of God loving us, desiring to be part of our lives, to live in our hearts; to be one with us; the mystery of God inviting us to share in the life of the Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit; the mystery of a God who cares for us like a loving parent, who lays down his life for us like a best friend, who fills our hearts like a lover who will not be refused.” Rev. Thomas Rosica, CSB, June Living with Christ, page 87 Trinity God, teach us and our families to live and love as you do. Count how many times The Trinity [Father, Son and Holy Spirit] are mentioned during mass today.

June 15th is also Father’s Day. Give your father a hug and tell him you love him.

June 19th is the memorial of St. Romuald. “Romuald, an Italian nobleman, was born around 951 in Ravenna, Italy. When he was twenty, he was shocked to see his father kill a man in a duel. Romuald went to a Benedictine monastery. He wanted to set his own life straight. He also wanted to do penance for his father’s drastic deed. The monastery surroundings and lifestyle were new to Romuald. He was used to luxury and an easy way of life without much work. The nobleman was impressed by the good example of many of the monks. He became a monk, remaining at the monastery for three years. After that, he decided to find a stricter way of life. He asked a good hermit named Marinus to be his spiritual guide. Both Marinus and Romuald tried to spend each day praising and loving God. Romuald’s own father Sergius came to observe his son’s new way of life. He was struck by its spirit of simplicity and self-sacrifice. Sergius realized that there had to be great happiness in this kind of life because his son had given up everything to live like this. That was all Sergius needed. He too gave up his wealth and spent the rest of his life as a monk. Eventually, Romuald began the Camaldolese Benedictine order. He traveled around Italy starting hermitages and monasteries. Wherever he went, he gave his monks a wonderful example of love and penance. He ate very simple meals consisting of food he grew himself. Through these sacrifices Romuald grew closer to God. Romuald died on June 19, 1027, at the monastery of Valdi-Castro. He was alone in his cell and passed away quietly, probably whispering his favourite prayer:

“Oh, my sweet Jesus! God of my heart! Delight of pure souls! The object of all my desires!”

Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, vol. 1 page 298-299. Try to live simply today…try to be satisfied with little or much. [It’s a valuable life lesson.]

June 21st is the memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. “Aloysius, the patron saint of young Catholics, was born on March 9, 1568 in Castiglione, Italy. Since he was so full of life, his father planned to make a great soldier out of him. When Aloysius was just five, his father took him to the army camp. There, little Aloysius marched in parade. He even managed to load and fire a gun one day while the army was resting. He learned rough language from the soldiers, too. But when he found out what the words meant, Aloysius felt very bad that he had used them. As he grew, Aloysius was sent to the court of the Duke of Mantua. Dishonesty, hatred, and impurity were common there. But the only effect it all had on Aloysius was to make him more careful to live as a good follower of Jesus. He became sick. That gave him an excuse to spend some time praying and reading good books. When Aloysius was sixteen, he decided to become a Jesuit priest. His father refused to allow it. However, after three years, he finally gave in. Once Aloysius had joined the order, he asked to do hard and humble tasks. He served in the kitchen and washed dishes. When a terrible sickness called the plague broke out in Rome, Aloysius asked to be allowed to care for the sick. The young man who had grown up with servants waiting on him now washed the sick and made their beds. He served them until he caught the sickness himself. Aloysius was only twenty-three years old when he died. It was the night of June 20, 1591. He said simply, “I am going to heaven.”

Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, vol. 1 page 301-303.

Loving God, help us to be peacemakers. Try to live humbly, when you are asked to do some task, do it willingly. [Another valuable life lesson]

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

“Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.” Kent Nerburn



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 Four BL 3.1 Using a selection of passages from the Christian Scriptures, identify signs of unity within the early Church and give examples of how these are present in different forms in the Church today. Paul sent a letter to the early Church in Ephesus to remind them: “Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together. There is one body and one Spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; there is one God and Father or all people, who is Lord of all, works through all, and is in all.” [Eph. 4:3] Peter also encourages ridiculed Christians in Asia Minor in his first letter, “You must all have the same attitude and the same feelings; love one another, and be kind and humble with one another. Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, pay back with a blessing…” [1 Peter 3:8-9a] Luke writes in the book of Acts: “The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had. …There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, and turn it over to the apostles, and the money was distributed according to the needs of the people.” Acts 4:32, 34-35. Paul wrote to the Colossians: “You are the people of God, he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else.” [Col 3: 12-13]

The Church today holds the truth of many of these signs of unity. We pray that our church communities are groups where peace binds us together and if it doesn’t, then we pray that forgiveness and humility are practiced so peace can be restored. Often the Bishop will promote a program like ARISE to remind the Diocesan church that we pray and worship one Lord, share one faith and one baptism. When a baptism is celebrate in the Church we can feel the unity of all the baptized. When children or adults receive Eucharist or Confirmation it is an opportunity for us to celebrate our unity in the sacraments. When we attend mass on Sunday, we feel the unity as we gather with the same people every Sunday to praise and worship God. We support one another and can feel united as Church. We are encouraged to support the poor in our midst, whether within our Church or through charities like St. Vincent de Paul and Development & Peace. So whether someone is in need close by or far away, we share our goods.

We have the blessing of Catholic Schools where we can learn about the virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Grade Five BL 3.2 Use examples to explain why “charity is the soul of holiness” within the Church and how the sacraments received through the Church promote God’s grace which helps to sanctify the Church (i.e. Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist allow her to strive for holiness). Charity is the soul of holiness to which all are called: it “governs, shapes, and perfects all the means of sanctification.” Lumen Gentium 42. Jesus called the Church his bride and offered his life for the sanctification of the Church. Mary and Joseph said yes to God’s request to be the parents of Jesus and provided a model of family for all of us to follow. The Saints who have been recognized through canonization show how it is possible for a human life to receive grace of God to become a holy witness of the faith. Every time there is a sacrament newly received in the Church all present are renewed in their commitment to live a life of grace. We can witness the joy of the sacraments reception but also feel a connection in holiness to the neophyte who is receiving for the first time. Grace is the presence of God among us. The sacraments are a sign of God’s presence and when God is present we are able to grow in holiness and goodness.

Grade Six BL 2.4 Explain the significance and meaning of the names – Jesus, Christ, Lord and the only Son of God – as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Mary and Joseph were given the name Jesus for the child that was to be born to them. The angel Gabriel told Mary at the Annunciation that the baby was to be called Jesus. The name Jesus means “Yahweh is salvation.” Modern Catholic Dictionary, page 293. Christ, “the Anointed One” is a Greek translation [Christos] of the Hebrew word Messiah. The Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah, one who would restore a time of righteousness and conquer sin and evil. Modern Catholic Dictionary, page 348. When we use the title Jesus we usually refer to the Jesus of history, the man who walked on earth; when we use the title of Christ we usually refer to the Christ of faith, the second person of the Trinity who has always existed. Lord, a title commonly used of God in the Jewish Scriptures, (Adonai), and commonly applied to Christ in the Christian Scriptures (Kyrios). Modern Catholic Dictionary, page 323. The only Son of God – second person of the Trinity, whose personage entitles us to be called sons and daughters of God too.


A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days


The Lord’s Prayer, the “Our Father,” is the most universal of prayers. How many of them are there? One, you say. How about two? There’s one according to Luke (11:2-4), and another according to Matthew (6:9-13). First, Luke’s: “Father, may thy name be hallowed; may thy kingdom come; our bread for the morrow give us day by day; and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who are indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Now, Matthew’s: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us the wrong we have done, as we forgive those who have wronged us. Subject us not to trial, but deliver us from the evil one.” But, you say, this isn’t the Our Father we learned as tots: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Where does that Our Father come from? No, not the Douay or Rheims Bible. It comes from the version imposed on England during the reign of Henry VIII, when Henry was making his break with Rome and Anglicizing the liturgy. The prayer hitherto had always been said in Latin, even by the uneducated, and was known as the Pater Noster from its opening words. Anyway, with Henry VIII the Pater Noster became the Our Father, and went into the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 and 1552. The prayer passed into Roman Catholicism with only slight modifications, like “who art” for “which art” and “on earth” for “in earth.” Incidentally, the doxology, “For thine is the kingdom, power and glory, etc.,” came later to the Book of Common Prayer, then after Vatican II to Catholic liturgy, but separated, it will be noticed, by a short prayer from the Our Father itself.” +John Deedy


Equity and Inclusive Education – Leadership for Equitable and Inclusive Schools

Leadership for Equity at the School Level STUDENT LEADERSHIP Students can play a key role in establishing a school culture that is inclusive and supportive. Students are the key people in their own education. Their level of engagement and motivation is central to their achievement. Engaging student in the discussion of what schooling is for and how it should work is an effective spur to motivation. (Thiessen & Cook-Sather, 2007). Moreover, because teachers care about what students think, bringing students into the conversation on education quality and equity can engage staff more effectively as well. Students have ideas and opinions, and they want to be heard. This is especially the case in regard to equity, where students from a particular background may have different experiences from other students.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All, Avis Glaze, Ruth Mattingley, Ben Levin, page 170.

Twenty-first Century Education > She Ordered Breakfast, but what the Cashier Did Next Left her SPEECHLESS! – Inspirational Video – 3.21 min > Live and Love Simply – Inspirational Video – 2.29 min Preview before watching with your class. > useful tool to construct timelines for class or assignments > 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 > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade


130 Fun Facts from God’s Wonder-Filled WORLD! by Bernadette McCarver Snyder

“Having a Bad Hair Day?

Some hair is curly, some hair is straight, some hair sticks out all funny, and some hair looks great! BUT whether you’re having a bad-hair day or not, did you know your hair helps protect your head? And it helps to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. And then, going on down your face, you have those hairy eyebrows that help cut down the glare of the sun in your eyes and those eyelashes that are like little window screens so if dust or anything else is flying in the air, it won’t come flying into your eyes. So whether you wish your hair was curlier or straighter, whether you wish you had more of it or would like to shave your head, be glad that God put all those things on your head to protect you. And the next time you raise your eyebrows or flutter your eyelashes or comb your hair, say thanks.” page 87.


Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?



Read the following statements and indicate whether the statement is True or False in the Church’s teaching.

1. In the Song of Songs, the poems are long-songs meant to exalt conjugal love. True, read the book.

2. Eros, reduced to pure “sex”, has become a commodity, a mere “thing” to be bought and sold, or rather, the human becomes a commodity. True.

3. Love is “divine” because it comes from God and unites us to God. True, and that is why it is a theological virtue.

4. Abortion is permitted in the case of rape or incest. False, the intention killing of any zygote, embryo, fetus, baby is not permitted.

5. Conjugal love has two purposes: union of husband and wife, and procreation. True.


The Topic is the same, the questions a bit more challenging.

1.   Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to others.

2. Sexual pleasure is morally ordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes.

3. People should cultivate chastity in the way that is suited to their state of life.

4. Those who are engaged to marry are called to live chastity in continence.

5. The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies do not choose their homosexual condition.


Movie Blog by Sister Pat

I have been reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela entitled A Long Walk Home. As I was waiting for a recital to begin last Saturday night, a friend reminded me of the movie “Invictus.” It was released in 2009 and directed by Clint Eastwood. I am sure it is available on Netflix or at Family Video. It tells the story of how Nelson Mandela used sport to unite South Africa as apartheid was being dismantled. Mandela was a wise man who knew the power of sport to bring people together. It is a movie that the whole family can watch and be inspired by.


Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?

“The eye is the second most complicated organ after the brain.” Huh!

I visited the eye doctor this week and watched the infomercial on the TV screens there.

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