image Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 22, 2014


Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Praise the Lord forever.”

June 22 is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). “Christ’s body continues to be broken and his bloodshed today; we have yet to accept and cooperate with the presence and activity of Jesus in the world. In our Church, our world and our earth Christ is suffering; in broken relationships and exclusion; among people at war and cities destroyed; in our polluted waters and soil; in inequitable access to resources. A message of hope is needed, a new way of living in the face of overwhelming need. Christ gave us his body and blood, and continues to do so in every Eucharist, that we might be formed into his very self. He offers himself as food for our growth, food that prepares us for struggle and for loving, food that forms us as one body to live in solidarity, sharing so that each one has what is needed for life. Christ’s body is given and his blood outpoured when we give ourselves – in families, for a friend or neighbour, in communities and organizations, in the workplace. Wherever and whenever we offer a kind word or gesture; provide support for struggling people; give aid for the poor, hungry and homeless; whenever we advocate for justice: here, too, Christ is made present for others – healing, loving and sharing. To eat of his body is to give ourselves for others, and to live in Christ. In this we will have eternal life.” Sr. Carmen Diston, IBVM, June Living with Christ, page 111.

Let us pray that we become what we eat! Look for a way to be a healing presence to those around you today.

June 24th is the feast of St. Jean Baptiste (provincial holiday in Quebec) or the birthday of St. John the Baptist. “John’s parents were Zachary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was an elderly cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The archangel Gabriel appeared to Zachary and told him that Elizabeth would have a son, whom he should name John. Zachary doubted the angel, because he and his wife were too old to have children. To show God’s power, the angel told Zachary that he would not be able to speak until everything had happened as the Lord had promised. Later, Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she would become the mother of the Saviour. Gabriel also told Mary that Elizabeth was soon to be a mother. Mary went to visit and help her cousin. Then Elizabeth had her baby. Zachary named him John, as the angel had requested. At that moment, Zachary was able to speak again, and he began praising God. When the neighbours of Zachary and Elizabeth witnessed this, they began to ask each other, “What will this child become?” They knew that God was calling him to something great. John did have a special calling. He was going to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. As a young man, John went into the desert to prepare himself for his mission with silence, prayer and penance. Soon crowds started to come to him. They realized he was a holy man. John warned the people to be sorry for their sins. He told them to change their lives, and he gave them the baptism of repentance. That is why he is called John the Baptist. One day, Jesus himself came to John. He wanted to be baptized with John’s baptism to begin making up for our sins. On that day, John told the crowds that Jesus was the Messiah, the one they had been waiting for. He told them and everyone else to follow Jesus. John said, “Jesus must become more and more important and I must become less and less important.” He said that he was not even worthy to loosen the strap of Jesus’ sandal.” Saints for Young Readers for Every Day vol. 1 pages 309 – 310.

May we listen carefully to the nudges of the Holy Spirit to direct us on our path. Ponder what God is calling you to do with your life.

June 27th is the memorial of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “The heart of Jesus is adored as a symbol of his threefold love: human, spiritual and divine. In the [Jewish Scriptures], this love is described as a father’s love for his children or a husband’s for his wife. In the [Christian Scriptures], the promise of living water, the Holy Spirit, is fulfilled in the pierced heart of the Messiah. Our modern understanding of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been shaped by the visions experienced by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century. In modern times, the image of the Sacred Heart in the home has become a sign that the love of Jesus rules over the family. IN 1899, Pope Leo XIII consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” June Living with Christ, page174

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on me. As you say goodbye to your classmates today, image a string from your heart to theirs.

Serving in the Love of Christ – a quote for the week
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Blessed Mother Teresa

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 3.3 Identify the three ways in which the Church is Apostolic (i.e. founded on the apostles) and the one aspect which cannot be transmitted (i.e. chosen witnesses of the resurrection).
“The Church is Apostolic because she is founded on the apostles, in three ways:
+ she was and remains built on “the foundation of the Apostles,”[Eph 2:20; Rev. 21:14] the witnesses chosen and sent on the mission by Christ himself; [Mt. 28:16-20; Acts 1:8; 1Cor 9:1; 15:7-8; Gal 1:1]
+ with the help of the Spirit dwelling in her, the Church keeps and hands on the teaching,[Acts 2:42] the “good deposit,” the salutary words she has heard from the apostles; [2 Tim 1:13-14]
+ she continues to be taught, sanctified and guided by the apostles until Christ’s return, through their successors in pastoral office: the office of bishops, “assisted by priests, in union with the successor of Peter, the Church’s supreme pastor” [Ad Gentes 5]: You are the eternal Shepherd who never leaves his flock untended. Through the apostles you watch over us and protect us always. You made them shepherds of the flock to share in the work of your Son….” [Roman Missal, Preface of the Apostles I] [Whole quote is CCC 857]

In the office of the apostles there is one aspect that cannot be transmitted: to be the chosen witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection and so the foundation stones of the Church. But their office also has a permanent aspect. Christ promised to remain with them always. The divine mission entrusted by Jesus to them “will continue to the end of time, since the Gospel they handed on is the lasting source of all life for the Church. Therefore,….the apostles took care to appoint successors.” [CCC 860]
Grade Eight BL 3.2 Name the four marks of the Church and summarize what they express about the nature of the Church (e.g. One – one profession of faith, common celebrations of worship, apostolic succession through Holy Orders; Holy – Christ as its head, the communion of saints; Catholic – bears the full Truth of Christ, its mission is to the world; Apostolic – built on the foundations of the Apostles, hands on the teachings of the Apostles, guided by the successors of the Apostles, the bishops in union with the Pope). [CCC nos. 811-945] Every time we pray the Nicene Creed we pray in the last section, “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” Each one of those adjectives has a unique meaning. “These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.” [CCC 811] The Church is one in the profession of faith; we celebrate common forms of worship. We celebrate the same sacraments. We may attend Eucharist throughout the world and it is the same but maybe the language is different. The Church is holy because Christ is our head and we share in the Communion of Saints. We pray that we become what we eat during the Eucharist, the Body of Christ. “United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by him; through him and with him she becomes sanctifying.” [CCC 824] The Church is catholic which means it bears the full Truth of Christ, and its mission is to the whole world. The word catholic means universal – here comes everyone. The Church is apostolic. This means that the Church was built on the foundations of the Apostles and it hands on the teachings of the Apostles. The Church is also guided by the successors of the Apostles and the bishops are in union with the Pope, who is the successor of Peter. For more detail about the apostolic nature of the church look above to the Grade 7 expectation.

A Teaching from the Catholic Book of Days
Before Johann Gutenberg and his printing press, bookmaking in the Christian era was for the most part the work of monks, certainly in the West. Monasteries maintained scriptoriums, and there monks sat writing their tracts, usually devotional, or copying the manuscripts of others. They worked in an old tradition, actually. The Dead Sea Scrolls and papyrus rolls of ancient Egypt demonstrate that the instinct to record and pass on history and knowledge belonged to the civilizing process itself – and of course those Hebrew and Egyptian scrolls are but part of the heritage of the word immortalized. A related specialty that the monks brought to a high art was that of illumination; that is, the embellishment of text with colourful designs and rich, elaborate touches of gold and silver. Astonishingly beautiful documents emanated from monastic scriptoriums, which today are counted as treasures of civilization itself – examples such as the ninth-century Rushworth Gospels at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and gospel manuscripts of the Abbot Uigbald, who presided at Lindisfarne in the late eighth, early ninth centuries, now found in the collections of the Vatican and the State Public Library in Leningrad. But the prize of all may be the seventh-century Book of Kells, centerpiece of the “Long Room” of the library of Trinity College, Dublin. The decorations of this illuminated gospel are so intricate that one page’s work reportedly demanded a lifetime’s work from the illustrator. The claim is probably exaggerated, but certainly the Book of Kells is a most splendid example of Western illuminated manuscripts. Page after page is a fantasy of coloured arabesque – animated initials, robed monks, elongated animals…. fish, dogs, birds, even snakes, though there weren’t supposed to be any in Ireland. The book came out of the monastery at Kells in County Meath, and is one of Ireland’s proudest boasts. One page is turned a day for viewing by visitors.”+John Deedy

Equity and Inclusive Education – Advocacy for Equity – The Time is Now
“The most powerful and sustainable change happens from within an organization, not when it is imposed from outside. When educators see the need for change and direct their energies to make change happen, everyone benefits, staff and students alike. If we are convinced that the status quo is unacceptable in terms of the achievement of many children – those who live in poverty, immigrants, or boys, to name a few – then we must use our energy and resources to influence decision making to improve their life chances. 1. Advocates take on issues that may be unpopular. It takes courage and a strong conviction to take on equity issues in homogeneous and heterogeneous communities alike. It can be difficult to find common ground on issues. Educators who believe in equity have no choice but to address the issues head-on.” Breaking Barriers: Excellence and Equity for All, Avis Glaze, Ruth Mattingley, Ben Levin, page 172, 178.

Twenty-first Century Education > This Kitty Might Be the Best Babysitter Ever > Cute Video – 1.40 min > A Tribute to all You Daaaads! – Cute video! – 2.03
min > Very cute Father’s Day tribute – .39 sec > 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
“Time for a Change
Did you ever watch a frog jumping around your yard or on the edge of a lake? Did you know that frog began as a tiny little tadpole that lived in the water and had gills so it could breathe in water like other fish do? Then the tadpole grew some back legs and then some front legs and then its tail dropped off and its gills changed into air-breathing lungs and out of the water, hopped Mr. Puddlejumper Frog. There are a lot of different kinds of frogs – like bull frogs, leopard frogs, and the red-eyed tree frog. Although most frogs live in or near water, some live in tropical forests or even deserts. The frog changed from a wiggly little tadpole in the water to a champion hopper, leaper, and jumper who could even live in a tree! So did you ever think about how YOU changed too? You began like as a tiny baby who couldn’t walk or talk or ride a bicycle or eat a hamburger. And then you grew and changed! Now you have teeth so you can chomp on a pizza and you have learned to talk and sing and read books and play games and your legs have grown so you can hop and leap and jump even higher than the frog! And God made you so that you’ll KEEP changing and growing and learning so you can do even more things! Whee!” page 88.

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

2. Sexual pleasure is morally ordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes. False.
Sexual pleasure is morally disordered 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. True, we are called to live chastely.

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

5. The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies do not choose their homosexual condition. True. It is how God made them.

Same Topic! Some format!
1. Sexuality concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others.

2. “In creating men ‘male and female,’ God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity.”

3. For just reasons, spouses may wish to space the births of their children.

4. Rape is always an intrinsically evil act.

5. Fecundity is a gift, an end of marriage, for conjugal love naturally tends to be fruitful.

Movie Blog by Sister Pat
I have been reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela entitled A Long Walk Home. I watched the movie this weekend past. It was not as good a movie as some of the movies I have watched based on this time of history in South Africa. The book was very detailed (600 + pages) and so I understood the context of the movie. It is not a movie I would invite children to watch. It might be boring for them. There is a lot of time (27 years) spend in prison cells.

Weird Facts – how many people will read this far down the email…? Are you one who will?
“The 18-carat gold is three quarters pure.” Huh!

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