Catholic Culture Update April 10th

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning April 10th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Sing praises to the Lord.” Psalm 30

April 10th is Third Sunday of Easter

Prepare for the Word – Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attend Mass.

How do you demonstrate your love of God? What does this love call you to do?

Reflect on the Word – Hear Jesus say to you, “Do you love me?” How do you respond when the question is asked again, and again?

Act on the Word – Alleluia! Peter is not the only one who is called to demonstrate his faith on the seashore. The other disciples responded to Jesus’ instructions, witnessed the great catch of fish, and recognized Jesus in the experience. Be attentive this week to the instances in which you may demonstrate your faith, through your actions or attitudes, your words, and deeds. Each evening, make a list of the opportunities for showing your faith in action during that day. How did you respond? What was the result? Following a few days’ attentiveness to the opportunities to demonstrate your faith, seek out a new occasion in which to do so, one that will challenge you to grow in the strength of your resolve to show your love of Christ to others.

Wrapping it Up How do you respond to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?” (Jn. 21:17) How is the love to which Jesus calls us different from that which is often presented in popular culture?” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 181, 184

April 11 is the memorial of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr. “Noted for his compassionate concern for the poor and his wise counsel, St. Stanislaus (c. 1030-1079) was appointed bishop of Krakow. His consecration as bishop was met with great joy on the part of the people. While serving as bishop he spoke out against King Boleslaus, an unjust and cruel man who incited fear in the people of Poland. St. Stanislaus, outraged by the oppressive behaviour of the monarch, declared that an unjust king defamed his reputation, eventually ordering guards to kill him, but they refused. The king took matters into his own hands by stabbing him with a sword. St. Stanislaus, the martyr, is the patron saint of Poland and the city of Krakow.” Companion to the Calendar: A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year. page 19 St. Stanislaus give us your courage when we face situations that are oppressive and unjust. If you see a situation that is not fair, speak up in an assertive manner.

Holy Year of Mercy

“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduced us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.” Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy, page 127-128

Opening Doors of Mercy ~ Mercy that Loves – a quote for the week

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of [all]. That is what love looks like.”  St. Augustine


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.

I must apologize…when the final report came out there were large edits. So I am going to put here a section that was not selected before…

The Commission’s answer to Elder Courchene’s question is that by truth, we mean not only the truth revealed in government and church residential school documents, but also the truth of lived experiences as told to us by Survivors and others in their statements to this Commission. Together, these public testimonies constitute a new oral history record, one based on Indigenous legal traditions and the practice of witnessing.

As people gathered at various TRC National Events and Community Hearings, they shared the experiences of truth telling and of offering expressions of reconciliation. Over the course of its work, the Commission inducted a growing circle of TRC Honorary Witnesses. their role has been to bear official witness to the testimonies of Survivors and their families, former school staff and their descendants, government and church officials, and any others whose lives have been affected by the residential schools. Beyond the work of the TRC, the Honorary Witnesses have pledged their commitment to the ongoing work of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. We also encouraged everyone who attended TRC National Events or Community Hearings to see themselves as witnesses also, with an obligation to find ways of making reconciliation a concrete reality in their own lives, communities, schools, and workplaces. As Elder Jim Dumont explained at the Traditional Knowledge Keepers Forum in June 2014, “in Ojibwe thinking, to speak the truth is to actually speak from the heart.”

At the Community Hearing in Key First Nation, Saskatchewan, in 2012, Survivor Wilfred Whitehawk told us he was glad that he disclosed his abuse. I don’t regret it because it taught me something. It taught me to talk about truth, about me, to be honest about who I am…. I am very proud of who I am today. It took me a long time, but I’m there. And what I have, my values and belief systems are mine and no one is going to impose theirs on me. And no one today is going to take advantage of me, man or woman, the government or the RCMP, because I have a voice today. I can speak for me and no one can take that away.

Remember we are all treaty people! Let us work for reconciliation in our lives and in our relationships.


New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Living in Communion ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

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

  • Recognize Jesus as a companion and friend who travels with them on the journey of their lives;
  • Reflect on the example of the Saints as models for their own lives;
  • Appreciate the communal nature of human persons and the communal nature of the Church: communion with God and all of God’s creation.

Grade Two LC 2.1: Retell the stories of Jesus where he cared for the sick, restored those thought to be dead to new life (e.g., official’s son, the little girl, Lazarus) and identify what Jesus has revealed about what God wants for the Church community (i.e., to be present for each other and with Jesus at all times, both in life and after our death). [CCC nos. 1813, 1823, 2011, 2069] Jesus shows us by how he cared for the sick, restored those thought to be dead to new life, Jesus shows us how to love one another. Jesus heals many people in the gospels. He heals these people because he wants all of us to have fullness of life. Jesus also reveals that God wants us to be present to each other and to act as Jesus acts for that we all will have fullness of life. As a Church community we are called to enact the corporal works of mercy, caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Retell the stories of Jesus that you feel comfortable with retelling to your students [from Luke’s gospel 4:38-39 healing of Peter’s mother in law; 5:12-16 healing of the leper; 5:17-26 healing of the paralyzed man; 6:6-10 healing of the man with a withered hand; 7:1-10 healing the centurion’s servant; 7:11-17 raises the widow’s son; 8:40-56 girl restored to life and a woman healed.] Ask your students what these stories tell us about Jesus and about what God wants for all of us. How can we be like Jesus and God in the lives of those who are sick?

Grade Three LC 2.1: Describe how the Holy Spirit at Pentecost inspired the disciples of Jesus to become a community (i.e., visible and invisible) and the mission he gave to them (to witness to Jesus in their words and actions; to live holy and just lives). [CCC nos. 731-747] Before Jesus ascends after his resurrection, he tells the disciples that he will be sending the Holy Spirit to assist them in their mission to bring the Gospel to all nations. Retell the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-28.) Key points to keep in mind: 1. The disciples were in the upper room still afraid that the people might kill them like they killed Jesus. 2. The Holy Spirit comes upon them like tongues of fire above the heads of each one. 3. When this happens they can speak without fear about Jesus and the good news of Jesus’ life and resurrection from the dead. 4. The disciples could speak languages they did not understand, it was a miracle. 5. Peter tells the people that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to inspire them and that they are not drunk like the people may think. Now the Holy Spirit will help the disciples to live holy and just lives like Jesus did. They are the beginning of the Church, a community that is visible when it gathers (say on Sunday) and invisible (when we live as we are called to with people around us.)

Twenty-first Century Education

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

Catherine of Siena – This saint was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children! She was a merry, happy little girl who grew up to be the most remarkable woman of her time. Because of her advice and counselling, many people changed their lives and returned to the Church. Because of her ability to “heal” feuds, many people came to her to help settle disagreements. Because of her wisdom, she became a great influence on those who read her writing. Because of her goodness, she even became a counselor to the pope! And because of her love for God, she became a saint. Do YOU come from a large family like St. Catherine or from a small family? Very FEW people come from a family as large as St. Catherine’s, but SIZE is not what makes a happy family. What do YOU think it takes to make a happy family? What could you do TODAY to make someone happy in your family?” pp. 45-46

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun? What’s Your Catholic IQ?

The Dignity of Life by David O’Brien

  1. People who kill themselves go straight to hell.            T or F


  1. Jesus’ original  C. disciples didn’t know what to do until the Holy Spirit came upon

them at Pentecost.


  1. Every country should make sure that people have food, shelter, health care, education, and emergency help if they need it.       T or F


  1. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit appears as tongues of D. fire


  1. The Holy Spirit descended upon B.Mary and she became pregnant with Jesus, the Son of God.

What’s Your Catholic IQ Quiz will return next week.


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

The Giver – This movie is available on DVD and maybe on PPV. This is based on the well known book by the same name. Jeff Bridges plays the role of the Giver. Meryl Streep is Chief Elder. Katie Holmes is Jonas’s mother. Brenton Thwaites is Jonas, the Receiver of Memories. One Republic sings the song Ordinary Human. Taylor Swift plays the part of the Giver’s daughter. This movie is great! The characters come to life and the story is well portrayed. I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5.  It took the movie about 20 years to be made, but it was well worth the wait.


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

Goodbye” came from “God bye” which came from “God be with you.”

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