Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning November 22nd, 2015

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Mark 11:10

November 22nd is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Prepare for the Word – As you prepare for Mass this Sunday, think about the week that has passed. What situations illustrate the importance of Christ in your life? Think about Jesus’s life, ministry, Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Which part of Jesus’ life speaks to you on your journey with Christ at this time?

Reflect on the Word – How is Christ’s Kingdom different from the nations or kingdoms of this world? To what truth does Christ testify?

Act on the Word – Christ’s kingship is vastly different from the rulers of our day. His truth is ultimate and is love. He reigns through total self-giving and service. How do you embody this way of being in your life? As we conclude this liturgical year, take stock of your life, your decisions and choices, attitudes and behaviours. What one thing can you do this week that will contribute to the Kingdom of God on earth, now? Make a commitment to do this, and carry it out. Invite family members or friends to share in this commitment with you. You will have an impact on them, and all of the people who are touched by your actions this week.

Wrapping it Up – In what ways have you embraced Christ’s servant kingship, in which you have given of yourself willingly and selflessly? What challenge do you face in which you need to ask Christ to reign in your heart or life?” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 65,67

November 22nd is the memorial of St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. ”According to legend, St. Cecilia (c. third century) was beheaded because she would not forsake her vow of virginity and would not make sacrifices to gods. She is the patron of musicians, singers and poets. Her association with music is most likely related to a line from her passio (an account of her holy “passion,” her martyrdom), where she is said to have sung “in her heart to Christ” as the musicians played at her wedding. Upon its foundation in 1584, the Academy of Music in Rome declared her the patron saint of musicians. St. Cecilia’s popularity grew so much that several hymns were written in her honour, and her life is referenced in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.” Companion to the Calendar: A guide to the saints, seasons, and holidays of the year, page 144 St. Cecilia, help me to sing God’s praises every day. Everyone sing O Canada today in honour of St. Cecilia.

Opening Doors of Mercy ~ Mercy that rejoices- a quote for the week

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth

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.


“At the TRC Traditional Knowledge Keepers Forum in June 2014, TRC Survivor Committee member and Elder Barney Williams told us that from sea to sea, we hear words that allude to … what is reconciliation? What does healing or forgiveness mean? And how there’s parallels to all those words that the Creator gave to all the nations.… When I listen and reflect on the voices of the ancestors, your ancestors, I hear my ancestor alluding to the same thing with a different dialect.… My understanding [of reconciliation] comes from a place and time when there was no English spoken … from my grandmother who was born in the 1800s.… I really feel privileged to have been chosen by my grandmother to be the keeper of our knowledge.… What do we need to do? … We need to go back to ceremony and embrace ceremony as part of moving forward. We need to understand the laws of our people.45

At the same Forum, Elder Stephen Augustine explained the roles of silence and negotiation in Mi’kmaq law. He said silence is a concept, and can be used as a consequence for a wrong action or to teach a lesson. Silence is employed according to proper procedures, and ends at a particular time too. Elder Augustine suggested that there is both a place for talking about reconciliation and a need for quiet reflection. Reconciliation cannot occur without listening, contemplation, meditation, and deeper internal deliberation. Silence in the face of residential school harms is an appropriate response for many Indigenous peoples. We must enlarge the space for respectful silence in journeying towards reconciliation, particularly for Survivors who regard this as key to healing. There is a place for discussion and negotiation for those who want to move beyond silence. Dialogue and mutual adjustment are significant components of Mi’kmaq law. Elder Augustine suggested that other dimensions of human experience—our relationships with the earth and all living beings—are also relevant in working towards reconciliation. This profound insight is an Indigenous law, which could be applied more generally.

Remember we are all treaty people!

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Living in Solidarity ~ Hope Expectations for Intermediate Classes

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

  • Understand that one’s purpose or call in life comes from God and strive to discern and prepare to live out this call throughout life’s journey; (CGE: 1g)
  • Develop attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and act to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good;
  • Respect the faith traditions, world religions and the life journeys of all people of good will.


Grade Seven LS 2.1: Link the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes to how we are called to “friendship” or “social charity” with people of a different nationality, race, ethnicity, economic status or ideologies/faith and explain why this involves individual and communal conversion (i.e. grace/Holy Spirit). [CCC nos. 356-384; 1928-1933; 1391-1401] It is important to remember that “being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.” [CCC 357] This is the foundation for “social charity.” The Catholic Social Teaching “principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of “friendship” or “social charity,” is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood.” [CCC 1939] We are called by Jesus to live in solidarity with all people. Have the Ten Commandments (Deut. 5:6-21 especially 5:12b – 21) and the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12) available to the class. Ask the class how we are called to friendship with people using these two lists of guidelines. Once the class has identified that for example: the fifth commandment says “You shall not murder.” We are called to not murder anyone, related to us or a stranger. The first Beatitude says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” So the beatitude tells us that those who are poor in spirit – those who are humble and sensitive, …God will want them in heaven. So we ought to practice being humble and sensitive with others. Ask your class if we are called by God to be in solidarity with people who are different nationalities, races, ethnicities, economic statuses, faiths…Of course, the answer is YES. But sometimes we struggle with people of a particular nationality, race, ethnicity, etc. It involves individual and communal conversion. When we don’t act with social charity toward others who are different than ourselves, we need to seek forgiveness. We need to ask the Holy Spirit for help, for grace, to be able to grow in acceptance of everyone.

Grade Eight LS 1.4: Articulate the three essential elements of the Common Good (i.e. respect for the fundamental rights of the person; peace and security of societies and nations) and link them to ecological justice and the universal common good of protecting the earth’s resources for future generations. [CCC nos. 356-384; 1928-1933; 1391-1401] The three essential elements of the Common Good are: 1. respect for the person (the fundamental and inalienable rights of the human person); 2. social well-being and the development of the group itself and 3. peace (stability and security of a just order). Each human community possesses a common good which permits it to be recognized as such. Anyone in the office of authority ought to seek the common good of those in his/her care. To teach this lesson, I would use articles from a newspaper or a video clip about the situation in Syria. The president of Syria is bombing his own people. People are feeling very unsafe and they are leaving the country in droves. Ask your students if they think that President Bashar al-Assad is concerned about the Common Good of the people of Syria. Invite your students to read sections of this recent encyclical by Pope Francis. He is calling all of us to be responsible for how we live on the earth. He is calling us to ecological justice and to protect the earth’s resources for future generations. Ask your students, “What has ecological justice have to do with the Common Good?”

Twenty-first Century Education > This video will melt your heart. A father tries to explain to his young son that they do not need to be afraid after the Paris attack. 2.20 min > A Teen Orders 100 Burgers at McDonalds and Then Does This. Inspirational video 3.16 min > This German Shepherd and His Tiny Human Do Bedtime Together. Cute video 35 secs. You got to see this dog in action. > Modern Marriage Moments – Shopping for Home Improvement > 1.30 min A cute video about shopping for Home Improvements. > 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

“Athanasius  This saint began his clerical life as a SECRETARY – the secretary to the Bishop of Alexandria. Later, Athanasius became a bishop himself, but a great heresy called Arianism began to spread in the Mediterranean world, and Athanasius spent many difficult years struggling to defend the basic teachings of the Church. His enemies tried to get rid of him by accusing him falsely of various crimes, but he was found innocent. They even tried to accuse him of murdering a man everyone knew was ALIVE and in hiding! Athanasius was always being banished or attacked or having to flee the city. He spent SEVENTEEN years in-and-out of exile! But Athanasius never gave up, and he never gave IN to those who attacked the Church. The old proverb “Athanasius Against the World” arose because he became known as a man who was not afraid to face a whole world of enemies, defending what he KNEW was right! Do you ever feel that YOU are alone against the world? You never have to feel you are ALONE if you are working for what is right – because then God is with you. If you ever have to fight long and hard against something you KNOW is wrong, remember Athanasius – who never gave up and never gave in!” p. 23-24


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. “Hail Holy Queen, _____ of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry… D. Mother
  1. Only Christians can be forgiven of their sins. True or False
  1. The Pharisees criticized Jesus because he was friends with _____. C. sinners
  1. Before receiving communion, Catholics who commit serious sins should go to _____. A. confession
  1. In the early church, sins were forgiven only once through Baptism. True or False

Show Mercy and Forgiveness by David O’Brien

  1. The Act of _____ is a prayer that Catholics say after confession.      A. “My Bad”           B.Sinners                   C. Sorrow                    D. Contrition
  1. The _____ Son is a parable Jesus told about a son who received unconditional forgiveness from his father.       A. Disobedient B. Prodigal                 C. Good Samaritan     D. Ten Commandments
  1. Then Jesus said to the woman caught sinning, “’Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not _____ any more’” (Jn. 8:10-11)        A. sin           B. eat snacks               C. cry                          D. run
  1. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who _____ against us.”     A. trespass           B. forgive                    C. text                         D. compete
  1. A dying person who is too sick to go to confession will have his/her sins forgiven through the anointing of the sick. True or False


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

Burnt > This movie is at the Galaxy Cinema in the Sault right now. This movie is Julie, Julia meets One Hundred Foot Journey. It stars Bradley Cooper as a two Michelin star chef in search of his third. It is full of energy and action. It is hard to believe that that much anxiety goes on in the kitchen of expensive restaurants. It is a great movie. ♥♥♥♥/5

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

“The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

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