Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 8st, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul!” Psalm 146

November 8th is the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Prepare for the Word – What do you bring with you to Mass today? Prayers for yourself or someone else? Something for which to be thankful? Something for which you are sorry? During Mass today, listen carefully to the prayers that are prayed just after the gifts are brought to the altar. Be conscious to offer yourself with the gifts of bread, wine, and money.

Reflect on the Word –To whom do you relate more in today’s Gospel, the scribes who want the place of honour, or the widow who gives all she has? How are you a steward of time, talent, and treasure?

Act on the Word – This week, take stock of the ways in which you care for, nurture, develop, and give of yourself and your resources within your parish. In the Bible, people gave of their first fruits as a sign of offering the best portion of what they grew, raised, or earned to God out of gratitude. We carry that understanding into our practice today by giving to our parish. Giving to your parish is a way of expressing gratitude to God for all you have been given and is a way to contribute to the mission of your parish community. Look in the bulletin to see how parish funds are used.

2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 57

November 10th is the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. “As pope and Doctor of the Church, St. Leo the Great (+461) strongly supported the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon, especially on the humanity and divinity of Christ. He advocated papal authority by moving from the traditional approach that the pope is a successor to St. Peter’s heir. Under his leadership, uniformity of pastoral practice was encouraged, liturgical and clerical abuses were corrected, and priests were sent on a mission to extinguish Priscillianism, a heresy that claimed the human body was evil. St. Leo is recognized as a “protector of the people” because he persuaded Atilla the Hun to not invade the city of Rome and later prevented the Vandals (East German invaders) from torching the city of Rome and massacring its people.”

Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 1139-140

November 11th is the memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop. “St. Martin of Tours (c.316-397) was forced by his father, a pagan officer in the Roman army, to join the military. While serving in the military he encountered a beggar freezing in the cold. Martin cut his own cloak in half and share it with the beggar. Following this encounter he had a vision of Christ wrapped in the cloak. As a result of this experience, St. Martin chose to be baptized and declared himself a soldier of peace for Christ, refusing to participate in any act of violence. He took up the life of a hermit, thus beginning monasticism in Gaul. When he was elected bishop of Tours he continued living as a monk, but made numerous trips to visit his people and found new monasteries. The people of Gaul became Christian due to his example.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 140

November 11th is Remembrance Day. “In the early year of the twentieth century, a war called the Great War involved most of the countries of the earth. Millions died as a result of new and terrible weapons. Everyone hoped that it was the “war to end all wars.” A very special time was chosen as the hour when the guns would be stilled and peace declared: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. By this choice, the signers of the peace treaty suggested that humankind had waited until it was nearly too late. The war would come to be known as the First World War. The day chosen for the beginning of peace was special for another reason. It was the memorial of St. Martin of Tours. Martin had been a soldier in the army until he laid down his weapons. His feast day, Martinmas, was a celebration of peace. That day had also been a thanksgiving festival in Europe since the Middle Ages. Now there was even more reason to be thankful. In Canada, Armistice Day became known as Remembrance Day after the Second World War. It became a time to honour those who died in both conflicts.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and the Holidays of the Year, page 140

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

This year we will look at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. This truth has been long in seeing the light of day. We need to work to build reconciliation with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit people because of the wrong directed toward them. It will take a deliberate effort. We are all treaty people. Let us live up to our side of the agreements. Without some context, a context that many Canadians do not know or understand, the Calls to Action may not make sense. So the first excerpts will be taken from the introduction of the report.

“Despite the coercive measures that the government adopted, it failed to achieve its policy goals. Although Aboriginal peoples and cultures have been badly damaged, they continue to exist. Aboriginal people have refused to surrender their identity. It was the former students, the Survivors of Canada’s residential schools, who placed the residential school issue on the public agenda. Their efforts led to the negotiation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement that mandated the establishment of a residential school Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (trc).

The Survivors acted with courage and determination. We should do no less. It is time to commit to a process of reconciliation. By establishing a new and respectful relationship, we restore what must be restored, repair what must be repaired, and return what must be returned.

Reconciliation at the crossroads

To some people, reconciliation is the re-establishment of a conciliatory state. However, this is a state that many Aboriginal people assert never has existed between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. To others, reconciliation, in the context of Indian residential schools, is similar to dealing with a situation of family violence. It’s about coming to terms with events of the past in a manner that overcomes conflict and establishes a respectful and healthy relationship among people, going forward. It is in the latter context that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has approached the question of reconciliation.

Remember we are all treaty people!

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Living in Solidarity ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

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

  • Appreciate all of creation as gift and actively fulfill their responsibility to be stewards of God’s creation;
  • Acknowledge all life as sacred.

Grade Two LS 2.1: Retell scripture passages which show the poor, the outcasts and the marginalized discovering their dignity and being invited to share meals of friendship with Jesus. (e.g., Zacchaeus, the tax collector, etc.) and link them to the human need for acceptance, fellowship and love. [CCC nos. 356-384; 1928-1933; 1391-1401] This expectation has a foundation in humans being made in the image of God. “Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.” Often our culture and society do not value the human, but often shows people as objects of ridicule, sarcasm, and sexual appeal. It is imperative that we teach this fundamental value of humans as children of God and so ought to be treated with respect and care. If we did teach this more solidly I wonder if we could get rid of bullying and unkindness. Read over the stories of Zacchaeus, Lk. 19:1-10; Jesus Heals the Man With Dropsy Lk 14: 1-14; A Sinful Woman Forgiven 7:36-50; Feeding the Five Thousand Mt. 14:13-21. Pick a story and read it several times so you can retell the story. Ask your students to describe how the poor(large crowd with no food), or the outcasts (man with dropsy, sinful woman) or the marginalized (Zacchaeus) discover their dignity in the presence of Jesus. How are they invited to share a meal with Jesus? How do they experience acceptance, friendship and love from Jesus? Jesus loves everyone, especially the poor, outcast and marginalized. In the Jewish culture of the time, eating with someone who was poor, outcast or marginalized made everyone present “unclean” which was not a desired state. Jesus sees the poor, outcast and marginalized as loving human beings who need acceptance, friendship and love. He does not care if people think he is unclean by eating with these people.

Grade Three LS 2.1: Reflect on Genesis 1-3 in the Hebrew Scriptures and identify why the creation of human beings is unique (i.e. we are made in God’s image, we are created to be in relationship with God and others, when we commit sin it breaks these important relationships). [CCC nos. 356-384; 1928-1933; 1391-1401] Read over Chapter 1, 2 and 3 of Genesis, prepare them ahead of time so the reading is smooth. Read these chapters to your class in sections that seem reasonable for the age group. Ask them to identify why human beings are unique in all of creation. Guide your students to under the reasons given above. “Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.” Often our culture and society do not value the human, but often shows people as objects of ridicule, sarcasm, and sexual appeal. It is imperative that we teach this fundamental value of humans as children of God and so ought to be treated with respect and care.

Twenty-first Century Education > A Cyber Pilgrim blog > Get ideas about how to engage students in Religious Education with online tools and ideas > World Community for Christian Meditation > This is a site for Christian Meditation for teachers and students alike. > Jared Dees has put together a set of resources and training helps that are nothing short of awesome. He has a free eBook, lesson plans, strategies, activities, and many resources. > 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

115 Saintly FUN Facts ~ Smiles and Surprises for Kids of All Ages By Bernadette McCarver Snyder

“Anthony of Padua – …St. Anthony was known to have a marvelous memory! When he was very young, he began to study the Bible, and because of his retentive memory (which helped him retain or hang onto everything he learned), he gained a great knowledge of the Scriptures. Anthony wanted to be a missionary, so he left his home in Portugal to go to Morocco, but he got very sick and had to head back home. On the way home, his ship got blown off course, and Anthony ended up in Italy instead of Portugal!   One day while he was there, he went to a big gathering of Dominican and Franciscan priest. Someone was supposed to preach, but there had been a mixed-up and no one came PREPARED for the occasion. So Anthony was asked if he would just get up and say whatever the Holy Spirit put into his mind! Anthony did as he was asked and began very slowly, but once he got going, he gave such a wonderful talk that everyone knew he should become a preacher. And that’s what he did! His great memory helped him recall what he was supposed to say, and he had a rich, strong voice that could carry a long way – an important thing in those days when microphones had not yet been invented! Wherever Anthony spoke, crowds came to listen, and he convinced many people be become Christians. Because of his memory, his long hours of studying, and a ship blown off course, Anthony found his lifework preaching in Italy and spent his last years there in the town called Padua. Is it easy for you to remember what you have read, to memorize dates and facts, to hear a story and be able to tell someone else that same story exactly the way you heard it? Or is that hard for you? Some people just naturally remember things, and others have to work harder to memorize. Some people know exactly what they want to do as a career and DO IT, but others start out in one direction and then their ship gets blown in a NEW direction! One is not better than the other – just different. Be grateful for whatever YOUR special talents are and say a prayer today to ask God to blow you in whatever direction he wants you to travel!”p. 21-22

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun? What’s Your Catholic IQ? CATECHIST, November/December 2015, page 25

Show Mercy and Forgiveness by David O’Brien    

  1. The Lord is kind and _____. (Psalm 103:8) C. merciful
  1. The sacrament of ____ offers God’s forgiveness for sins. D. reconciliation
  1. Who is the patron saint of Divine Mercy? B. St. Faustina Kowalska
  1. Peter asked, “’Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said: ‘No, _____ times 7.’” (Matthew 18:21-22)   A. 70
  1. In the Old Testament, King _____ famously sinned but then repented and begged for God’s mercy. C. David

Show Mercy and Forgiveness by David O’Brien

  1. God won’t forgive you if you break the law even if you are sorry and go to confession. True or False
  1. In the early Church, public sinner performed public _____.     A. singing             B. dancing                   C. penance                  D. exercises
  1. In confession, it is Jesus, represented by the priest, who forgives our sins. True or False
  1. Which sacrament does not include the forgiveness of sins?   A. reconciliation        B. anointing of the sick     C. baptism         D.matrimony
  1. What did Jesus do that forgave all our sins?    A. walked on water        B. picked 12 disciples        C. died on the cross            D. healed a blind person

Taking Jesus to the Movies – a movie blog for believers by Pat Carter, csj

Pitch Perfect 2 – This weekend I watched Pitch Perfect 2 on Shaw pay per view. Again, once the characters and the story line is introduced, I find it a bigger challenge to match the level of enjoyment with a sequel. I love to sing as many of you know and singing without accompaniment is fun, especially if there is harmony. Also I enjoy a movie with an underdog. So this movie was a fine way to pass a Friday night. ♥♥♥/5

Trivia for Those Who Read to the end…Just like the credits at the movies.

“The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”

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