Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 7, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Call on the name of the Lord.”

June 7, 2015 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

monstrancePrepare for Hearing the Gospel with these questions: What understanding do you have of the Body and Blood of Christ? At Mass during the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest says the words, “my sacrifice and yours.” We bring our own difficulties and questions to the altar at the Eucharist. What worries or questions are in your heart as you come to Eucharist this week?

Reflecting on God’s Word: How do you feel after receiving Christ’s presence in the Eucharist? At the end of Mass, we are told to go forth, glorifying the Lord with our lives. We share the presence of Christ, which we experience in the Mass and especially in the Eucharist, with others. How can you do that this week?

Act on the Word: This week, take some time to learn more about the people in your parish who bring communion to the homebound or sick. Perhaps you can accompany one of these people on one of their visits, or maybe they will tell you a little about their ministry and explain what they do. How do the homebound and people in nursing homes, hospital, or prisons feel about receiving communion? Often when we are in full health and have many options of what to do in our day, attending Sunday Mass can start to seem like an obligation rather than a privilege. The witness of those who are prevented by their health or circumstances from gathering with their community to celebrate can help to remind us how blessed we are to have the opportunity to gather at Mass each week.” 2014-2015 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, page 223.

Prayer of the Faithful for Corpus Christi Sunday

That the Church, the body of Christ in the world, draw all nations to God, let us pray to the Lord:

That the leaders of nations put aside their people’s differences and work together for peace, let us pray to the Lord:

That those who are healthy donate blood to save the lives of others, let us pray to the Lord:

That doctors, nurses, and all who care for the bodies of the sick remember their spiritual needs as well, let us pray to the Lord:

That we who partake of Christ’s body and blood bring the word and Communion we share to the sick and the homebound, 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 53

June 11th is the memorial of St. Barnabas, Apostle. “Even though St. Barnabas (first century) was not one of the original Twelve Apostles, he was given the title of “Apostle” by St. Luke and the early Church fathers, due to his apostolic endeavours on behalf of Christianity. His original name was Joseph, but the Apostles gave him the surname Barnabas, meaning “son of encouragement,” probably due to his friendly disposition. Together with St. Paul, he extended the missionary effort of the Church beyond Jerusalem to Antioch, and after much success moved on to other places throughout Asia Minor. After parting ways with St. Paul over issues regarding circumcision and the Mosaic law, St. Barnabas embarked on further missionary journeys with John Mark (see Acts of the Apostles 15:36-40). Tradition indicates that St. Barnabas was stoned to death, and his remains were taken to Constantinople where a church stands in his honour. Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 82 St. Barnabas, inspire us to be people of encouragement with our friends and family. Watch for opportunities to share encouragement with others today.

Francisco_de_Zurbarán_-_Sto_Antonio_de_PaduaJune 13th is the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. “St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), a member of a noble Portuguese family, joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine at a young age, but later joined the Franciscans to engage in missionary work. Although his missionary dreams were halted due to illness, he received public acclaim for his preaching style, which led to the conversion of many from heresy, earning him the title “the Hammer of the Heretics.” He had the privilege of meeting St. Francis of Assisi in person and was later elected provincial of Northern Italy. His writing is extensive, especially in the area of sermons; therefore, he was named a Doctor of the Church. People invoke his name when trying to find lost items. This comes from the story in the saint’s biography when a young novice took Anthony’s Psalter, but returned it in a hurry when the angry saint appeared to him in a vision! Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 82 Anthony, Anthony, come around, something’s lost that can’t be found. Use this prayer when you misplace or lose something.

Exploring Paths of Joy ~ Recognizing Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread ~ a quote for the week

“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”   Mt. 26:26

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Celebrating ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

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

  • Cherish 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;
  • Participate freely in the Sacrament of Eucharist as the central sacrament of the Catholic faith and the Sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen and renew their relationship with Jesus;
  • Find hope and faith in the story of salvation that unfolds through the celebration of the five seasons of the Church’s liturgical year.

Grade One CL2.1: Retell Gospel narratives that provide examples of Jesus inviting others to become part of a community and describe how they expressed their thanksgiving to God for the experience of His love (e.g. Luke 9:10-17; Matt. 9:9-13; Acts 2:1-21; John 4:1-15; Luke 5:27-32; Mt. 14: 13-21, 15:32-39; Jn. 2:1-11). [CCC 1334-1337]

Read each story from the scriptures and ask the students 1. How does Jesus invite the people in the story to become part of a community? 2. How do the people express their thanksgiving to God for His love?

Reading How Jesus invites others to become part of a community How the people express their thanks
Luke 9:10-17 Feeding of the Five Thousand Jesus welcomes the people

Jesus told them stories about God’s kingdom

Jesus healed the people who needed healing

Jesus helps form the crowd into smaller groups

Jesus feeds the people through a miracle

The people followed Jesus even before Jesus does anything for the people, they come to spend time with him because he is a good man.

The people only ate what they needed because there were twelve baskets left

Matt. 9:9-13   Call of the Matthew Jesus invites Matthew to follow him.

Jesus goes to Matthew’s home for a meal and eats with Matthew’s guests

Jesus is happy to eat with sinners and tax collectors

Matthew follows Jesus

Matthew invites Jesus and his disciples to meal with him

Acts 2:21 Coming of Holy Spirit Jesus send the Holy Spirit to the Apostles to help them in their mission of spreading the Gospel

Jesus’ Holy Spirit helps all the people to understand the message that the Apostles are giving that way the people can become followers if they want to.

Some of the people believed the message that the Apostles, especially Peter, gave them.

Some people were amazed and perplexed…maybe they were grateful later.

John 4:1-15 Samaritan Woman Jesus asks the woman for a drink Eventually the woman goes to tell the others in her village about Jesus and they believe because of what she says about Jesus.
Luke 5:27-32 – same story as Matthew 9:9-13 Matt. 14: 13-21 same story as Like 9:10-17 Matt. 15:32-39 Feeding the Four Thousand – similar story to the two stories above
John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana Jesus attends the wedding – so he accepts their invitation

Jesus provides wine when the wine for the wedding runs out

Jesus makes “great” wine

The chief steward acknowledges the goodness of the wine to the bridegroom in front of all the guests,

He is expressing gratefulness to the wrong person, but Jesus does not mind.

Jesus does this miracle and the disciples believe in him more deeply

Grade Two CL2.2: Identify the various ways we express our thanksgiving to God through our participation in the liturgy of the mass (i.e. symbols, songs, words, ritual actions). [CCC 1345-1355] During the Minds On portion of class – Ask your class what are the ways that we express our Thanksgiving to God by participating in the Mass. See what they come up with. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving in Greek. So everyone participating is expressing thanksgiving to God for all the blessings God offers us every day. Symbols: the group of believers present at Mass is a symbol of the Body of Christ, who gather to offer thanks to God; the colour of the liturgical season helps to remind us of which part of the season we are in, and focus our thanksgiving for the gifts of that season. Songs:   St Augustine said “one who sings prays twice.” So songs can express our gratitude to God. Many songs have a power to move our hearts and minds to God, a sign of the Holy Spirit at work in the Mass. Words: there are special words prayed and read throughout the whole of Mass. When we listen closely we can feel different emotions. These words can remind us to live with grateful hearts to God. Amen – means I believe. Ritual actions: We bow as we move into the pew to show our reverence (respect) that we are in God’s house. We kneel on the kneeler to express our desire to be humble. We move in procession to show that we are all part of God’s family trying to move together in the world. We bow before we receive the Eucharist to show our respect for Jesus. We use our hands to put the host into our mouth with the hope that this special food with feed our spiritual hungers and we will become more like Jesus. Students who attend Mass but have not made their First Communion yet know the anticipation of that day when they will be able to receive with the community and become more fully a member in the Body of Christ, the Church.

Grade Three CL 1.2: Through an examination of the actions, symbols, and prayers of the Seven Sacraments of the Church, identify and explain how the sacraments celebrate initiation and sickness and forgiveness of sin (Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick), renewal and conversion (Baptism, Reconciliation), service (Matrimony, Holy Orders) and how they are all linked to and expressed in the Eucharist. [CCC 1322-1344]

Sacraments – name of Rite Actions (Ritual) Symbols Prayers
Sacraments of Initiation





Signing with the cross

Saying the creed, immersion in water in the name of the Trinity

Anointing with Holy Spirit

Praising & thanking God

Receiving communion

Being made part of the Eucharistic community in a adult way

Sealed by the Holy Spirit




Bread & wine


Touch through the laying on of hands

Words of welcome and blessing


Sign of the Cross

Eucharistic prayer

The Body of Christ –Amen

Be sealed with the Holy Spirit

Sacraments of Healing


Anointing of the Sick

Proclamation of forgiveness

Anointing of the sick person



Laying on of hands (touch)

I forgive you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Prayers of blessing of the person

Sacraments of Service


Holy Orders

Exchange of marriage promises (contract signed)

Sexual expression

Calling on the Holy Spirit to give priestly office

Lying prostrate before the altar

Promise of obedience to bishop


Embrace (touch)

Oil of Chrism

Laying on of hands (touch)

“I do”

Words of blessing as a couple

Prayers of consecration

Sacraments of Renewal and Conversion


See above See above See above

Each of the seven sacraments are linked to the Eucharist because they assist the person to become more fully like Jesus who live, worked, healed and loved us to his death and resurrection. We are called to live, work, heal and love others and to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Eucharist feeds us in order that we are able to have the strength and courage to what needs to be done in Jesus’ name.

Twenty-first Century Education Stuttering Comedian WOWS this Crowd with this Hysterically Inspired Audition – Watch this video with your class to remind everyone of the importance of acceptance, especially the interview before the performance. This young man speaks the truth about himself in a way few people have the courage to do. A humbling video especially for Intermediate and Senior students. 8.48 min > Great Dane Saves his Human from Abusive Boyfriend — Inspirational Video – 4.40 min A very dark story of abuse – Rose Brooks, a safe place for people who survive domestic violence – not appropriate for elementary school > Way Beyond Me > TobyMac – Music Video 3.14 sec  Song reminds us that God is the only one who can support us completely through life. > 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

Last Name Game You’ve heard what some FIRST names mean, but what about some LAST names? Originally, most last names were actually the names of the kind of work the person did, like Mr. Farmer or Mr. Hunter or Mr. Baker or Mr. Cook. Mr. Schumacher was probably a shoemaker who made shoes for people and Mr. Smith was probably a blacksmith who made shoes for horses! Sometimes they were the names of the kind of place the person came from like Dr. Woods or Mr. Park. They may have come from a relationship like Mr. Stevenson who was Steven’s son or Dr. Johnson who was John’s son. Or they could have been a description like Mr. Young or Mr. Moody or Mr. Witt who told funny stories. Through the years, names got changed and spelled differently and today it’s hard to tell WHERE those names came from! Can you guess where YOUR name came from? Do you like your last name – or your first name or your nickname! If you don’t have a nickname, would you like to have one? You COULD make up one for yourself. But whether you use your last name, first name, or nickname, God will still know who you REALLY are – because he made you and he’s your best friend!” page 137

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun?


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

  1. What are the theological virtues?   C. faith, hope, love
  1. What are the cardinal virtues? B. Justice, wisdom, courage, wholeness
  1. Which of the following is a tenet of Catholic Social Teaching? A. Solidarity
  1. Which of the following is a gift of the Holy Spirit? B. Fear of the Lord
  1. 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  Catechesis

What’s Your Catholic Trivia Knowledge?

  1. This is a sacramental action: a) Making the Sign of the Cross   b) Bowing   c) Genuflecting    d) All of these
  1. This is a sacramental object: a) rosary   b) incense  c) candle d) all of these
  1. Catholics have a way of telling time differently than others by using: a) clocks b) agendas    c) schedules    d) liturgical calendars
  1. This prayer can be prayed at noon to recall the words the angel spoke to Mary at the Annunciation:  A.Hail Mary    B. Memorare     C. the Angelus    D. Magnificat
  1. Who said “those who sing pray twice”?
  2. A. St. Augustine        B. St. Francis              C. St. Cecilia              D. St Joan

Movie Blog by Sister Pat

The Gambler – This movie, available on PPV, shows the struggle with gambling addictions but it is layered with many of strong themes of dysfunction. There is much violence, bad language, nudity and questionable morals expressed. The movie is suspenseful and riveting however the ending leads to some unanswered questions. I would not recommend watching this movie with young children. I enjoyed the movie but it may not be for everyone.

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

“If you had enough water to fill one million goldfish bowls, you could fill an entire stadium. Huh!

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