Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning May 24, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Lord, send forth your spirit and renew the face of the earth.”

May 24, 2015 is the Solemnity of Pentecost.

“Prepare for hearing the Word of God with these questions: How do you understand the Holy Spirit? What do you think about when you think about the Holy Spirit? Today, on Pentecost Sunday, the liturgical colour is red. Look out for signs of red in your parish church. How does the colour red, after many weeks of white and gold, make you feel?

Reflecting on God’s Word: Why do you think Jesus gave his followers the Holy Spirit before he left them? What kind of action does the Holy Spirit call you to take?

Act on the Word: When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, the disciples accomplished extraordinary things in Jesus’ name: forgiving sins, bringing people back to life, and baptizing many. We can easily imagine the joy and festivity that accompanied their work. This week, plan a festive meal to celebrate Pentecost with your family and friends. Cook the meal over an open fire outdoors. Roast hot dogs, make s’mores, and grill fruit and vegetables. Fly kites to remind you of the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit. As part of your prayer, share the story of Pentecost from Acts of the Apostles. Just for fun, try speaking other languages during the meal. 2014-2015 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, page 213. Wear red to Church today to celebrate the Church’s birthday!

Icon-PentecostPrayer of the Faithful for Pentecost Sunday

That the Church be led to a new Pentecost and a new springtime of evangelization, let us pray to the Lord:

That leaders of nations work tirelessly to end war and establish lasting peace, let us pray to the Lord:

That believers everywhere make room in their hearts and lives for the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice, let us pray to the Lord:

That the new baptized and confirmed be a leaven of faith for this assembly of believers, let us pray to the Lord:

That all gathered here see the face of Christ in each other, let us pray to the Lord:

Prayer of the Faithful 2015, Resource for Sundays, Feasts, Holidays, Weekdays, and Church Events, Year B November 30, 2014-November 28, 2015, OCP page 50,51

May 2FNeri6th is the memorial of St. Philip Neri, priest. “St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) was an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory or Oratorians. Philip was known for his joyful spirit, believing that it is more Christian to be cheerful than melancholy. A well-known figure in the Eternal City, during his lifetime he was known as the “apostle of Rome.” Philip was ahead of his time in urging more frequent reception of Holy Communion, and he introduced the Forty Hours’ devotion with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He was apt to go into ecstasy when celebrating Eucharist, so he had to try to distract himself so he could finish the rites.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 78 St. Philip Neri inspire us to use our sense of humour everyday. Tell a joke today in honour of St. Philip.

May 27th is the feast of the  (Czech). “The Infant of Prague is a small statue of the Child of Jesus, made in Spain and brought to Bohemia by a young princess who had been given the image as a wedding gift. She presented the statue to the Carmelite fathers in Prague. One day, praying before the statue, one of the Fathers heard a voice say, “The more you honour me, the more I will bless you.” Since then, the statue has drawn millions of the faithful from around the world, and replicas of the image are venerated in countless churches. The well-loved image show Christ as a child, and yet a king; an infant, robed in majesty and crowned with authority. The image of the Infant of Prague reminds us that we have a Lord who rules with gentleness; we have nothing to fear.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 78 Infant of Prague, help us to show kindness to children we meet today. Look up the Infant of Prague statue in Google images.

Exploring Paths of Joy ~ a quote for the week

“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate our shared humanity.” Henri Nouwen

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Celebrating ~ Hope Expectations for Junior Classes

By the end of grade 6, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

  • Cherish and participate in the sacramental life of the Church as the gift of God’s presence in our lives to nourish, restore, guide and form us as children of God;
  • Honour and respect the sacred bread and wine of the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ;
  • Seek to understand the multi-fold meaning of the biblical narratives, symbols and ritual actions associated with the five seasons of the Liturgical year.

Grade Four CL1.1: Connect gospel narratives of forgiveness (Mk. 2:1-12; Luke 15:11-32) and the institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (John 20:22-23) to the role of the priest within the sacrament. Read the gospel of Mark reading and ask the students what they think about the story. Read the gospel of Luke reading and ask the students what they think about the story. Who is giving forgiveness in Mark’s story? Who is giving forgiveness in Luke’s story? That is just like in our lives, sometimes Jesus gives us forgiveness through the Sacrament and sometimes it is someone who we have sinned against that forgives us. Read the story from John’s gospel. This story tells us how Jesus asked the apostles to forgive sins. It is the beginning of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the apostles were taking the place of Jesus within the sacrament. If we can ask forgiveness from someone directly when we’ve done wrong, that is what we ought to do. Sometimes we need to ask Jesus for forgiveness so we need to go to the sacrament and the priest takes Jesus’ place and we can be forgiven that way.

Grade Five CL1.1: Identify and explain the significance of the Last Sacrament (i.e. Penance, Anointing of the Sick and Eucharist) in the Christian life (conveying God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit, it brings spiritual and physical strength during an illness, especially at the time of death). [CCC 1524-1532] “Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian – In addition to the Anointing of the Sick, the Church offers those who are about to leave this life the Eucharist as viaticum. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received at this moment of “passing over” to the Father, has a particular significance and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person up at the last day.” The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father.” [CCC 1524] So explain to your class that as a person prepares to die, their family/friends can call a priest to be with the person. The priest will hear the person’s last confession, anoint the person with the oil of the sick and give the person Eucharist. If a person has received Eucharist and the other sacraments as he/she lived, this will give the person comfort to receive it as he/she dies. We believe when we die we are going to be with God. What better way than to receive communion as our last meal before we make our way to God. These prayers and food give the person spiritual strength he/she needs to pass from this life to eternal life. If the person does not die but recovers, then he/she will have spiritual and physical strength for the next part of his/her life.

Living a Moral Life ~ Hope Expectations for Junior Classes

By the end of grade 6, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

  • Seek to grow in their understanding of the depth and breadth of the Decalogue and the moral teachings of Jesus;
  • Apply Catholic moral teaching to moral decisions they face in their own lives;
  • Acknowledge their own human weakness and reflect on their sins as the first step in seeking forgiveness and God’s grace for their ongoing conversion;
  • Appreciate Catholic moral teaching as a valid, authoritative interpretation of scripture that addresses contemporary moral issues to guide moral decision-making.

Grade Six ML 3.4: Examine the lives of the saints and provide examples of how their lives modeled for us what it means to live a moral and holy life (e.g. St. Brother Andre, Bl. Oscar Romero, Dorothy Day, St. Padre Pio, Blessed Mother Teresa). [CCC 1783-1785] Have your students research these famous Catholic people and have them explain how these people lived a good and holy life. Ask them to find one thing that these holy people did that the students themselves can do to model their lives on these saints. I.e. St. Brother Andre was a porter, and when he opened the door he greeted the person on the outside of the door as though he/she were Jesus. We can all open doors with the same intention.

Twenty-first Century Education > Watch how this 102 year old blows out her candles on her birthday cake…FUNNY! > 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

“Did You Ever See a Moonbow? You may have seen a rainbow – that beautiful colourful arch that sometimes appears in the sky after a rainstorm – but did you know there is also something called a moonbow? You have to be at a special place at a special time to see this very special sight. You could go to Victoria Falls in Africa OR you could go to Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. Not too many people have seen moonbows because they only appear a few times a year – always by a huge waterfall on a clear evening with a full moon. Most moonbows are white but when there’s a lot of water coming over the waterfall and the moon is very bright, moonbows can have brilliant red and violet colours. Would you like to see a moonbow some time? Do you like to watch for a rainbow after the rain? Isn’t it fun that God put so many surprises for us on the land, in the sea, and even in the sky?” page 134

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 – CATECHIST April/May 2015

  1. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles as tongues of ____________________. B. fire
  2. When Catholics receive the sacrament of _____________________, they are born again in Christ. D. baptism
  1. Even though Christ rose from the dead – body and soul – on Easter, Catholics believe that when they die, that is the end of their bodies. True or False – “By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with our soul. Just as Christ is risen and lives for ever, so all of us will rise at the last day.” [CCC, 1016]
  1. The first person to encounter Jesus after he rose from the dead was ______________________.                         C. Mary Magdalene
  1. When the risen Christ appeared to the disciples in the upper room, they were ______________________.         B. hiding

What’s Your Catholic Trivia Knowledge? Trivia questions by Sister Pat Carter csj

  1. Who was John the Baptist’s father?       A. Zacchaeus        B.Zechariah                           C. Samuel                  D. Joseph
  1. Who was Mary’s, Jesus’ mother, father?       A. Joachim       B. Bartimaeus        C. John   D. Francis
  1. Who was King David’s son who succeeded him on the throne?    A. Saul       B. David Jr.      C. Solomon   D. Samuel
  1. Who was Isaac’s father?   A. Abraham      B. Josephus       C. George     D. Bartimaeus
  1. Who was Joseph’s, Jesus’ foster father, father?   A. Jeremiah      B. Eleazar     C. Uzziah    D. Jacob

Movie Blog by Sister Pat

Black or White – This movie is available on Shaw PPV. It is the story of a little black girl who is being raised by her white grandfather (Kevin Costner.) Her black grandmother (Octavia Spencer) believes it is in her granddaughter’s (cute as a button – Jullian Estell) best interest to be raised by her black family. Keep the Kleenex close. Suitable for children to watch with their parents.

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

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian..” Huh!

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