Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning May 31, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.
“Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”

May 31, 2015 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday

Prepare for Hearing the Gospel with these questions: How do you understand the Holy Trinity? When you make the Sign of the Cross at Mass this Sunday, do it with extra reverence, paying attention to what you are saying.

Reflecting on God’s Word: Do you ever doubt God’s presence in your life? If you do, do you bring your doubt to God in prayer? Is there someone in your life who doubts God’s presence? What might you say or do to help him or her believe?

Act on the Word: If you had to explain the Holy Trinity to a small child, what would you say? It would be difficult, wouldn’t it? Explaining the Holy Trinity is complicated. This week, talk to various people in your life about their understanding of the Trinity. Try to talk to at least one person who is very educated in our faith, such as your pastor or religion teacher, a trusted adult such as a parent, a friend who is the same age as you, and a young child. What different nuances do these conversations bring to your understanding of the Holy Trinity? 2014-2015 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, page 217.  

Prayer of the Faithful for Holy Trinity Sunday

That all who are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit live out our call to holiness, let us pray to the Lord:

That those trusted with governance do so with diligence, exercising decisions based on mutual respect and honour, let us pray to the Lord:

That those facing physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges be remembered and served as children of God, let us pray to the Lord:

That the Holy Spirit breathe freshness and renewal among all who are tired, discouraged, and down-hearted, we pray to the Lord:

That the members of this faith community be a reflection of the Most Holy Trinity’s life-giving vitality, 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 52

May 31th is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the angel brought Mary the amazing message that she would be the mother of God’s Son, he also brought her some family news: her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, was going to have a baby as well. Immediately, Mary set out to visit her cousin and help her at what must have been a challenging time. When Mary arrived, something amazing happened: the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped up in recognition, and Elizabeth, too, was filled with the Holy Spirit and realized that Mary was carrying God’s Son. Even before his birth, John the Baptist was pointing the way to Christ! We echo Elizabeth’s joyful exclamation every time we pray the Hail Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42). And we echo Mary’s response to her cousin, her Magnificat, in the Office of Evening Prayer.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 78 Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinner, now and at the hour of our death. Today there is a special celebration of First Nations’ culture within the Church at the Cathedral in the Sault beginning with a sunrise celebration. Make plans to attend some or all of this special day.

Month of June – the sixth month is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of hearth and home. Juno’s month was lucky for weddings. In years past, Christian weddings were rarely held during Easter Time. Only on Pentecost did the time of summer weddings begin. After Pentecost the time of summer weddings began. In the Northern Hemisphere, June is the month of the summer solstice.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 79

Month of the Sacred Heart – On the Friday following the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Because this solemnity usually falls in June, this month is also known as the “Month of the Sacred Heart.” Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is all about pondering Christ’s love and meditating on Christ’s suffering.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page79 Put your hand over your heart and try to feel the pulse of your body.

June 1st is the memorial of St. Justin, Martyr. “St. Justin, also called Justin Martyr (c. 100-165), was born in Judea and raised pagan by parents who were probably Greek or Roman. He studied philosophy, converted to Christianity, and spent his life teaching and writing. Justin is best known for his Apologies and for his Dialogue with Trypho. He fought against the heresy of Marcion, who rejected the Old Testament. Justin’s life ended in Rome, where he was martyred under Marcus Aurelius. He is one of the first Christian apologists, and he was one of the first to employ philosophy as a tool toward greater understanding of relevation.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 80 St. Justin, inspire us to defend our faith from people and ideas that cause conflict in our world. Ponder today this quote about philosophy from C.S. Lewis – “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy and like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

June 5th is World Environment Day. “The United Nations began this annual observance in 1972 to raise awareness of environmental issues and to encourage environmental action in communities across the planet. Hundreds of thousands of people have responded to the challenge, whether planting trees in Afghanistan or setting up new compost stations in Argentina. Such actions are key at a time when half the world’s wetlands and three-quarters of its fish stocks are depleted. Species extinction is occurring at 1000 times the natural rate. This day expresses hope that “every year, everywhere, everyone” can bring about the crucial change that’s needed. (Press Release, World Environment Day, 2011).” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 81

 St. Francis of Assisi, help us to care for the earth and the environment like we would a baby, with gentleness and care. Do some action for the environment today, do it without anyone’s attention.

Exploring Paths of Joy ~ a quote for the week

I have no ordinary bread at hand, only holy bread…” 1 Sam 21:4

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Celebrating ~ Hope Expectations for Intermediate Classes

By the end of grade 8, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

❖ Participate with joy and gratitude in the Sacramental life of the Church and celebrate the Eucharist as the central sacrament of the Catholic Church;

❖ Recognize the presence of Christ in the Liturgy of the Word, under the sign of the bread and wine of the Eucharist, in the celebrant priest, and in the assembled Body of Christ;

❖ Appreciate the importance of participating in the celebration of holy days, feast days and days dedicated to the saints;

❖ Continue to deepen their understanding of the multi-fold meaning of symbols, scripture narratives, ritual actions and practices associated with the liturgical celebration of the saints and the salvation stories of our faith, i.e. the Paschal Mystery.

Grade Seven CL1.2: Identify in the Rite of Marriage – requirements for reception (baptism, no prior bond or impediment, free consent), ministers of the sacrament in Roman Rite, the ritual words of consent, blessings, signs and ritual symbols, that signify and convey the grace and meaning of marriage for the couple (i.e. one man and one woman) and explain how this sacrament prepares and supports the couple for a life of service within the family and the world. [CCC 1621-1642] You may want to teach this chart. Ask your students if they know the meaning of the requirements before you share them. Some students may be aware of these requirements.

The Rite of Marriage – taken from CCC 1621-1642

Requirements for Reception

Baptism: Both man and woman are baptized

Mixed marriages (one partner is not baptized or one partner is from another Christian church) may occur but this requires particular attention on the part of the couples and their pastor.

No prior bond or impediment: A person who wants to be married cannot be married if s/he is already married to someone else who is still living. If a person was married and her/his partner has died, s/he is able to be married again. But if the person is divorced and the marriage is not annulled, then the person is not free to marry again until the previous marriage is annulled. This previous marriage is an impediment to being married in the Church.

Free consent: The man and the woman must express their consent freely. The priest or deacon at the marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church. If one of the partners is being forced to get married, the parents are forcing them, or a pregnancy is forcing them, this is not free consent. If one of the partners is chemically dependent, a case can be made that s/he is not able to give free consent. If consent is lacking or not freely given, there is no marriage.

Ministers of the sacrament in Roman Rite: A priest or deacon in the Church must minister the sacrament in a public liturgy of the Church. The presence of the Church’s minister (and also the witnesses) visibly expresses the fact that marriage is an ecclesial reality.

Ritual words of consent: “I do.” These are the ritual words of consent. The public character of the consent protects the “I do” once given and helps the spouses remain faithful to it.

Blessings: The priest (or deacon) who assists at the celebration of a marriage receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the blessing of the Church.

Signs and ritual symbols: A ring is a symbol of love that is exchanged between the two spouses. It is a symbol that love never ends.

Another symbol is the embrace of the couple – to be a loving support to one another. The rituals involved are the exchange of promises and the eventual sexual expression of their union. (marriages must be consummated.)

This sacrament prepares and supports the couple for a life of service within a family and the world. Ask your students to identify how their parents serve each other and how their parents serve them every day. The parents ought to serve their families first and then they move out of the family to serve others, often in the work that they do to be remunerated for their family’s need.

Grade Eight CL1.1: Connect the actions of the Holy Spirit revealed at Pentecost in the early Church with the effects of the sacrament of Confirmation (the perfection of baptismal grace, the help of the Holy Spirit’s gifts and fruits, indelible mark, call to spread and defend the faith, stewardship). [CCC 1285; 1295-1296; 1302-1305; 1315-1317]

Initially the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation were celebrated by adults at their initiation into the faith. The practice changed and babies were baptized. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to be with the disciples and the early Church, to empower them, to offer gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. “In the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly [connected] to the Church [a perfection of baptismal grace] and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” [CCC 1285] The candidates for Confirmation are anointed with the oil of Chrism, and by this mark, the candidate is sealed with the Holy Spirit. A seal is a symbol of a person, a sign of personal authority, the candidate belongs to God. [CCC 1295] “It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. “From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: – it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”; – it unites us more firmly to Christ; it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.” [CCC 1303] “Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an

Indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of the Spirit by clothing him/her with power from on high so that he/she may be his witness. This “character” perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and “the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially.”” [CCC 1304-1305] Read the passage that describes the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (don’t worry about the words of the place names). Acts 2:1-13 Ask your class: How did the people in the reading experience the coming of the Holy Spirit [they could understand the apostles words in their own language – like magic]. Ask your students (especially those who have been prepared for Confirmation) what the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit are: [Gifts – understanding, wisdom, courage, knowledge, right judgment, reverence, wonder and awe in God’s presence =these are presented well in the old Grade 8 We are Strong Together program – Stand By Me. Fruit of the Spirit – faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, self-control, kindness, peace, joy, love and patience] If someone has been confirmed we ought to be able to see the gifts of the spirit in action especially by seeing the fruit of the action. Ask the class – what does it mean to be sealed? We seal envelopes, glad bags, put a stamp on an envelope… Why are we sealed with the Holy Spirit? [So the Holy Spirit is kept safe within us.] The seal cannot be taken away – it is an indelible mark. As confirmed people we are given a mission to spread and defend the faith and to be good stewards of the faith and all that has been created by God. Ask your class, how they are spreading, defending and being good stewards.

Twenty-first Century Education

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0CE0F1NU&utm_source > Dance Battle between Good and Evil Will Leave Your Jaw on the Floor – Watch the first part of explanation about where the dance troop comes from and then watch the performance. 5 min.

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0CJCCMNU&utm_source > Refuge (video jam) – a reminder of God’s fidelity 3.19 min

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=WPZ6PLNX&utm_source > Only in You – Jeremy Camp – Music Video 3.47 min

http://grievingstudents.scholastic.com > Great website resources to use if you have a student who has lost a loved one.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM > in the Religious Education curriculum document there are references to the CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is a link to that document.

www.4catholiceducators.com > a Canadian based website for Catholic teachers of Religious Education (my new fav)

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

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

“A Singing Whale? Did you know that if you could go waaaay out into the ocean and drop a microphone deep down, you just might hear a strange “singing” sound – the song of a whale! These huge swimmers can’t make signs to one another because it’s too dark to see way down in the depths of the ocean so they use sounds to communicate and to tell one another where to find food. And guess what? Their songs sound a bit like today’s electronic music! Now isn’t that a whale of a story! Maybe some day you’ll see a TV show starring a singing whale – or maybe not. Would YOU like to be a star on TV? What would you do – sing a song, dance a dance, tell a funny story? When you grow up, who knows where God might like you do go. You could be on TV or sailing on the ocean looking for whales or maybe being a teacher, a doctor, a butcher, a baker, or a candlestick-maker. Which do you think it will be?” page 136

HOLY TRIVIA!​ Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?

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

1. Who was John the Baptist’s father? B. Zechariah​​​

2. Who was Mary’s, Jesus’ mother, father? A. Joachim​​​

3. Who was King David’s son who succeeded him on the throne?​C. Solomon​​

4. Who was Isaac’s father? A. Abraham​​​

5. Who was Joseph’s, Jesus’ foster father, father?​ D. Jacob

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

1. What are the theological virtues?

A. Justice, mercy, faith, hope​​​​

B. Justice, love, patience, compassion​​​

C. Faith, hope, love

D. respect, discipleship, solidarity

2. What are the cardinal virtues?

A. Justice, courage, wholeness, temperance

B. Justice, wisdom, courage, wholeness​​

​​C. faith, hope, love, mercy

D. kindness, discipleship, solidarity

3. Which of the following is a tenet of Catholic Social Teaching?

A. Solidarity ​​B. Sharing​​ ​C. Reverence ​​D. Spirituality

4. Which of the following is a gift of the Holy Spirit?

A. Peace​ ​B. Fear of the Lord​ ​C. Joy​​​ D. Success

5. This activity is directed to believers; it helps them to understand their faith and to articulate it; its context is the believing community as it celebrates the sacred mysteries throughout the liturgical year. This is the activity of

A. Catechist ​​B. Catechesis​​​ C. Catechism​​ D. Catechumen

Movie Blog by Sister Pat

Jupiter Ascending – This movie is sci-fi and the special effects are amazing, done by the same creator as the Matrix. It is a film about the destiny of a young woman who has a role in trying to save Earth from dark and evil forces. It invites us to think about the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, but only one planet that has inhabitants. There is some dark moments so I question the viewing of this movie by young children.

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