Catholic Culture Update May 22-28


Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning May 22th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: God who was, who is and who is to come.

May 22nd is Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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

Think about the past week. How have you recently experienced God’s presence? Make the Sign of the Cross slowly and deliberately as you prepare yourself for Mass today. Ask God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to be with you and all who gather.

Reflect on the Word – What did you hear today that bears further reflection? In what ways is the mystery of the Holy Trinity celebrated at every Mass?

Act on the Word – Alleluia! – Take time this week to make a list of the aspects of our Catholic teaching that you find confusing or challenging. Ask family and friends to share their questions with you, and record them on your list as well. Pray to the Holy Spirit for the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Look up the areas of confusion in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, YOUCAT, or other reliable resource. Does the explanation you find help? Do you still have questions? Take these to your youth gathering or ask your youth minister, pastor, or other knowledgeable person to help you understand and appreciate this aspect of our faith.

Wrapping it Up ~ To which Person of the Holy Trinity do you usually pray? Contemplating the mystery of God’s life requires faith and contributes to the deepening of faith. How have you experienced this dynamic in your life?” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 205, 207


May 22nd is Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, observed on the Sunday after the Solemnity of Pentecost, dates back to the seventh century; it has been on the Church’s universal calendar for nearly 700 years. “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life,” the Catechism tells us. “it is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 234). As Christians, we believe in one God, in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through the centuries, saints and artists have helped us to understand the Holy Trinity through images and comparisons. St. Patrick is said to have explained the Trinity to the people of Ireland by showing them a shamrock, with its three leaves on one stem. St. Ignatius Loyola compared the Trinity to a chord played on an instrument: three distinct notes forming one sound. The early iconographers of the Church in the East depicted the Trinity with imagery from the Old Testament story of Abraham’s angelic visitors. A familiar symbol of the Trinity is a triangle with rays radiating from it, and in the middle of the triangle an open eye, representing the all-seeing Providence of God. On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the liturgy provides additional images to help us ponder this great mystery of our faith. The Trinity is relationship: “The Father is Love, the Son is grace, and the Holy Spirit is their bond of fellowship; O blessed Trinity.” The Trinity is God’s truth: “The Father utters the Truth, the Son is the Truth he utters, and the Holy Spirit is Truth; O blessed Trinity” (Antiphons for the Office of Readings, Volume III, p. 581).” Companion to the Calendar: A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year. page 23-24. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+ Every time you make the sign of the cross today you acknowledge the Holy Trinity!

May 22nd is also the International Day for Biological Diversity. “The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The 2016 theme is Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining Peoples and their Livelihoods.” If you would like more information about this International Day go to the following website.

May 23rd is the Victoria Day holiday. “The birthday (May 24,1819) of Queen Victoria (+1901) has been celebrated as a holiday in Canada West (now Ontario) since 1845; it became a national holiday in 1901 and in 1952 was established on the Monday preceding May 25. An appropriate prayer is given in the Roman Missal (no. 24), page 1275. Petitions for the Queen, for Canada, and for justice and peace in the world may be included in the Intercessions today.” Ordo Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016 page 244

May 24th is the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. “In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI asked that May 24 be observed as this day of Prayer. He chose this day since it is the traditional Feast of Our Lady of Help of Christians, who is venerated at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai.” Ordo Liturgical Calendar 2015- 2016 page 244.

St. BedeMay 25th is the memorial of St. Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church. “The Venerable Bede (673-735), an English Benedictine monk, wrote The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which was his most famous work. Unlike historians who came before him, he did careful research and cited his references.” Companion to the Calendar: A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year. page 77 St. Bede, you were a humble man. Help us to cite our references when we use the work of other people. Ask yourself, what will you be known for, when you complete your journey to heaven.

May 26th is the memorial of St. Philip Neri, Priest. “St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) was an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory or Oratorians. Philip was known for his joyful spirit, believing that it is more Christian to be cheerful than melancholy. A well-known figure in the Eternal City, during his lifetime he was known as the “apostle of Rome.” Philip was ahead of his time in urging more frequent reception of Holy Communion, and he introduced the Forty Hours’ devotion with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He was apt to go into ecstasy when celebrating Eucharist, so he had to try to distract himself so he could finish the rites.” St. Philip, remind us not to take ourselves so seriously. St. Philip like to tell jokes or do silly things to make others laugh. Share your good humour today.

Holy Year of Mercy

“THE POPE USED IT FOR HIS MOTTO – The Motto of Pope Francis comes from a homily of the Venerable Bede, who offers a commentary on the story of the call of Matthew: “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’” “I am one who is looked upon by the Lord.” Pope Francis has said several times, noting how much these words have touched him.” The Jubilee Year of Mercy – Special Issue of Living with Christ, page 3

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

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Our Father

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.

We saw the children and grandchildren of Survivors who, in searching for their own identity and place in the world, found compassion and gained new respect for their relatives who went to the schools, once they heard about and began to understand their experiences. At the Northern National Event in Inuvik, Northwest Territories,

Maxine Lacorne said, As a youth, a young lady, I talk with people my age because I have a good understanding. I talk to people who are residential school Survivors because I like to hear their stories, you know, and it gives me more understanding of my parents.… It is an honour to be here, to sit here among you guys, Survivors. Wow. You guys are strong people, you guys survived everything. And we’re still going to be here. They tried to take us away. They tried to take our language away. You guys are still here, we’re still here. I’m still here.

We heard about children whose small acts of everyday resistance in the face of rampant abuse, neglect, and bullying in the schools were quite simply heroic. At the TRC British Columbia National Event, Elder Barney Williams said that “many of us, through our pain and suffering, managed to hold our heads up … we were brave children.”

We saw old bonds of childhood friendship renewed as people gathered and found each other at TRC-sponsored events. Together, they remembered the horrors they had endured even as they recalled with pride long-forgotten accomplishments in various school sports teams, music, or art activities. We heard from resilient, courageous Survivors who, despite their traumatic childhood experiences, went on to become influential leaders in their communities and in all walks of Canadian life, including politics, government, law, education, medicine, the corporate world, and the arts.”

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 2.3: Describe how our families remember ancestors (i.e. loved ones who have died) when they come together as a community and how this is done when the Church gathers to remember Jesus Christ. [CCC nos. 1369-1372] Ask your class the question, “How do your families remember your ancestors?” Their answers may include: looking up family trees (; going to the cemetery on the deceased’s birthday or anniversary of death; having a mass said in honour of loved one; and All Souls’ Day celebration. There may be times when photo albums are opened and reminiscing takes place. When we go to the wake of another person, sometimes our deceased loved ones are spoken about. “At every mass the Eucharistic sacrifice is offered for the faithful departed who “have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified,” so that they may be able to enter into the light and peace of Christ.” [CCC 1371] When we gather as a Church to remember Jesus Christ, we are gathered with the communion of saints of all those living and dead. We are gathered together as one community. You may want to invite the students to bring in a special object (icon) of someone who was special to them who may have died. Don’t be surprised if the only one they know who has died is their pet. If you are able to share a story of someone from your life who has died, it will help them to know that it is good to speak of the deceased.

Grade Three LS 2.3: Describe the God-given gifts manifested by the Holy Spirit in the early Church (i.e. a communion of spiritual goods; i.e. communion in faith, prayer, charisms and charity), and how each contributes to the building up of the Church to be a living witness to the risen Lord. [CCC nos. 949-953] I would read the passage from Acts 2:43-47 to give the class a sense of what the community was like. Remind your class that before Jesus ascended into heaven, He said he would send the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles as tongues of fire. The early Church was led by the Spirit-filled men and women. The early Church community was a community of faith. “The faith of the faithful is the faith of the Church, received from the apostles. Faith is a treasure of life which is enriched by being shared.” [CCC 949] The early Church community celebrated the sacraments. They shared the meal of Jesus’ body and blood and did it in memory of Him. The early Church community had a communion of charisms. A charism is a special “spirit gift” given by the Holy Spirit so the community can be built up. We receive these gifts at our baptism and confirmation. The early Church community shared everything in common. They experienced a communion in charity. They wanted to make sure everyone had what they needed. Our church is built up by the same spiritual gifts. We share a communion of faith, sacraments, charisms and charity. It is a blessing to be part of the Church, to be a living witness to the risen Lord.

Twenty-first Century Education


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

Dismas – Dismas is a person who might be called the “last minute” saint! He was a thief who was saved at the very last minute! The day Jesus was crucified, two thieves were also crucified, one on each side of Jesus. One of the men was NOT sorry for his life of crime, but the other was Dismas and he WAS sorry. As Dismas was dying, he asked Jesus if his sins could be forgiven. Jesus told him yes by saying, “This day you will be with me in Paradise.” Do YOU ever put off things until the “last minute”?” Saying you’re sorry should NOT be one of those things! Dismas had a good excuse because he probably had never been taught how to live a good life and certainly didn’t know much about Jesus’ teachings until the very last minutes of his life. People today don’t have that excuse! They have the Bible, books, teachers, and all Christians to tell them about Jesus’ way to lead a happy life. But just in case YOU ever wait and hesitate to be sorry for a sin, remember St. Dismas – a good reminder that it is NEVER too late to say you’re sorry.” page 51-52

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

Evangelizing With Truth by David O’Brien CATECHIST April/May 2016

  1. The media has been used to ______________________ at different times in history.   A. hurt and confuse      B. teach and entertain          C. tell people about God        D. all of the above
  1. The news media is not responsible for reporting the truth as long as it is entertaining. T or F
  1. Mass on TV s meant for the _________________________.    A. lazy   B. sleepy       C. sick and shut-ins     D. elderly
  1. The ________________________ is the day of rest dedicated to God.    A. sabbath    B. vacation       C. Passover      D. Hanukkah
  1. The Catholic Church teaches that social media is evil. T or F

Evangelizing With Truth by David O’Brien CATECHIST April/May 2016

  1. When on vacation, Catholic go to Mass ______________________.   A. if it fits their schedule      B. when they get home      C. unless it is impossible      D. if they want to
  1. Pope Francis has _________________________ followers around the world on Twitter.     A. 20          B.20,000         C. 2 million         D. more than 20 million
  1. People who work day and night to get rich are following God’s will. T or F
  1. Freedom of the ______________________ protects people’s rights to not be lied to by the government.     A. press        B. church       C. seas      D. mind
  1. Watching Mass on TV is the same as going to Sunday Mass. T or F

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

The Jungle Book ~ available at the Galaxy Cinema. This movie retells the cartoon story by the same name. The young boy, Mowgli is played by a very animated young man by the name of Neel Sethi. Bill Murray is the voice for the Bear called Baloo. The black panther Bagheera is voiced by Ben Kingsley. There are many points of high suspense and intense drama. Very young children may be frightened of some of the scenes. I totally loved this movie so I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5.  I was singing Bare Necessities all the way home.

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

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!.

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