Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning March 8th, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Oh, that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 19

March 8th, 2015 is the Third Sunday of Lent.

“Prepare for hearing the Word of God with these questions: In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus is the living water. How might Jesus be like water? Where in church do we see symbols of water?

Reflecting on God’s Word: How do you understand your baptismal call to share the Good News with others? How do you share your faith? Do you seek God to satisfy your deepest desires, or do you fulfill your needs and desires with things that do not really satisfy?

Act on the Word: This week, focus on satisfying your needs and desires with Jesus Christ, the living water, rather than with things of the moment that don’t really satisfy. For example, if you are feeling frustrated because you had an argument with your mom, instead of blowing off steam by listening to music or venting to a friend, maybe you can work through your frustration by praying or talking to a priest about the things you said or did that you regret by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Wrapping It Up: Which of Jesus’ laws are hardest for you to follow? Why? What are the differences between civil laws, like the ones made by our government, and God’s laws?” 2014-2015 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, page 151,154

March 8th is International Women’s Day. “All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Various organisations identify their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context and interests. Many charities, NGOs and Governments also adopt a relevant theme or campaign to mark the day. The UN has been declaring an annual equality theme for many years.”

Exploring Paths of Joy ~ a quote for the week

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” Ben Sweetland

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Living a Moral Life ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

By the end of grade 3, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

  • Desire to know what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus and a child of God;
  • Strive to live according to the moral examples of Jesus provided through his words and actions
  • Acknowledge sin, human weakness, conflict and forgiveness as part of life’s journey and seek forgiveness when they have offended another, both from the one they have offended and from God;
  • Appreciate God as one who forgives and heals those who sin and Christ’s death on the Cross as the source and sign of our redemption.

Grade One – ML 3.3: Describe ways in which children can be examples of holiness (by imitating Jesus Christ’s love for others, being faithful, charitable and obedient to God’s will). [CCC 2012-2016] I would ask your class for examples of holiness that they think they are capable. Holiness may have to be defined for them as gentleness toward others, goodness, kindness, self-control in the face of frustration and provocation, loving those who may be difficult to love, patience etc. You may want to read a story(s) from the Gospels where Jesus is acting as his holy self. Children may struggle to see themselves as holy but they definitely can be so.

Grade Two – ML 3.3: Describe ways in which children can grow through human assistance in their lives (e.g. try new things, overcome obstacles, etc.) and then relate this to the “free and undeserved help” that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God (i.e. grace). [CCC 1996-2005] Our parents, relatives, teachers, coaches and others help us to grow. They can help us try new things. They can teach us to overcome obstacles by showing us how to do so. They can teach us to be risk takers. Ask the students what other ways do people help them to grow. Just as people help us to grow, God gives us “free and undeserved help” all the time. Unpack what free and undeserved” means, especially undeserved. We cannot control God by doing things that please God. God is not manipulated. God offers us all we need because God wants to do so. Grace is God’s presence in our lives. God wants us to become children of God. “Grace is at work in us and spurs us on to an ever greater faith and an attitude of trustful poverty.” [CCC 2005]

Grade Three – ML 3.2: Define the difference between personal (a wrongful act committed by only one person who thus bears full responsibility for the consequences) and social sin (a wrongful act committed by others who share the responsibility for its consequences, e.g. group bullying, destruction of property) and explain why both weaken our relationship with God and others. [CCC 1846-1876] “Sin is an offense against reason, truth and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbour caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods.” [CCC 1849]  Personal sin is a wrongful act committed by one person who bears full responsibility for the consequences, the person knowingly makes the choice to do the wrong thing. This act weakens our relationship with God and others because the act may be perpetrated against someone or a group so our relationship with that person or others is broken. Anytime we do something to harm an other(s) we weaken our relationship with God as well. Matthew 25 reminds us, “whatever you did to the least of my brothers or sisters, you did to me.” Social sin is a wrongful act committed by more than one person knowingly. Examples are given above. Just as with personal sin we are weakening our relationship with God and others. As we participate in social interactions that are sinful our conscience is activated to tell us that what we are doing is wrong. Sometimes we are caught up in doing what everyone else is doing. We are as responsible for the wrong as any other person involved. It is for the same reasons that social sin disrupts our relationship with God and others as in personal sin. We may think that Grade three students will not be able to discern the difference between personal and social sin, but they are indeed able to understand these distinctions.

Twenty-first Century Education > The Key to Meekness > Comedy video – 2.12 min > Country Star Dierks Bentley Brings Daughter on Stage to Sing Heartfelt Song Together – 4.33 min > Maybe it’s time to try something different. Don’t just give something up for Lent. Do something. Sign up for the BEST LENT EVER email program with Matthew Kelly, America’s best-selling Catholic author. It’s simple and free. The only cost is your commitment to live better each day of Lent. Lenten resources for Religious Education > Great website resources to use if you have a student who has lost a loved one. > in the Religious Education curriculum document there are references to the CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is a link to that document. > a Canadian based website for Catholic teachers of Religious Education (my new fav) > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade


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

“Wake Up! Wake Up! Ring, ring…ding-a-ling. Sometimes bells can make beautiful music – like bicycle bells, church bells, or the bell on an ice-cream truck coming down the street to bring you a cool treat on a hot day. But an alarm clock bell might not sound so happy. It rings, rings to wake you up when you want to sleep, sleep. But wait! An alarm clock can be a happy sound too – when it wakes you up so you won’t oversleep and be too late to take a trip to the zoo or the biggest baseball game of the year or maybe someday, a trip to the moon. Isn’t it great that God gave people the kind of brains that could come up with ideas for an alarm clock or an ice-cream truck or a space shuttle? What are some of your favourite inventions? Use your brain today to think of what kind of things you would like to invent someday. Then ask God to help you be “inventive!”” page 121


Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?


What’s Your Catholic IQ? A Self-Assessment for Your Fun and Enlightenment by David O’Brien

  1. Lent begins with _______________________. A. Ash Wednesday
  1. The day that Jesus died is called _________________________. D. Good Friday
  1. Almsgiving invites Catholics to _____________________. B. give money to the poor
  1. After his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus spent ___________ days praying and fasting in the desert. B. 40
  2. Like holy water, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday are known as a ____________________. C. sacramental

What’s Your Catholic IQ? A Self-Assessment for Your Fun and Enlightenment by David O’Brien

  1. The three traditional practices during Lent are _____________________, fasting and almsgiving. A.Catechesis   B. patron saints                       C. rosaries                   D. prayer
  1. Holy Thursday’s liturgy commemorates the ____________________.    A. Last Supper                  B.resurrection                                    C. birth of Jesus          D. raising of Lazarus
  1. Only children give up something during Lent. True or False
  1. Catholics are encouraged to receive the sacrament of _____________________ during Lent to prepare spiritually

for Easter.    A. anointing of the sick      B. confession     C. holy orders     D. matrimony

  1. Lent ends with the beginning of ____________________.  A. the New Year          B. Ash Wednesday             C. Easter Sunday        D. the Easter Triduum

Movie Blog by Sister Pat

The Theory of Everything –This movie is available on PPV and probably at the video store. The actor won the Best Actor Oscar this year. The movie shows and tells the incredible life journey of Stephen Hawking from his university days to his established reputation as one of our finest intellects presently living. It is a journey of love and resiliency, of stamina and success. I give this movie a ten out of ten.

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

“The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.” Huh!

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