Catholic Culture Update May 29-June 3

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning May 29th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

Do this in remembrance of me. 1 Cor.11

May 29nd is Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ~ Corpus Christi

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

How do you experience Christ’s presence in the celebration of the Eucharist? Ask God to open your mind and heart during Mass. Be attentive to the ways in which Christ is proclaimed, celebrated and shared in the liturgy.

Reflect on the Word – What did you hear or see during Mass upon which you wish to reflect more deeply? How does the mystery of the Eucharist challenge you to grow in faith and to live as a Christian disciple?

Act on the Word – Alleluia! – Take time this week to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist. Through this special sacrament, we are drawn deeply into Christ’s life, and called to live as members of Christ’s Body in the world. Each evening, reflect on your day and ask yourself questions such as these: In what way(s) did I reflect Christ’s love today? What situation challenged me to respond as a member of Christ’s Body? In what ways am I invited to sacrifice for another? How is such sacrifice a sign of Christ’s love for others? How does participating in the Eucharist call me to participate in God’s mission as a follower of Jesus Christ? Record your reflections and return to them throughout this week. Determine one area of your life in which you need to grow as a person who receives and lives as a member of Christ’s Body, and make a commitment to work on this in the future.” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 215

May 31st is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “When the angel brought Mary the amazing message that she would be the mother of God’s Son, he also brought her some family news: her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, was going to have a baby as well. Immediately, Mary set out to visit her cousin and help her at what must have been a challenging time. When Mary arrived, something amazing happened: the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped up in recognition, and Elizabeth, too, was filled with the Holy Spirit and realized that Mary was carrying God’s Son. Even before his birth, John the Baptist was pointing the way to Christ! We echo Elizabeth’s joyful exclamation every time we pray the Hail Mary: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’ (Luke 1:42). And we echo Mary’s response to her cousin, her Magnificat, in the Office of Evening Prayer.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 78.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinner now and at the hour of our death. Visit someone today who you know could use a friendly face.

Month of June – The sixth month is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of hearth and home. Juno’s month was lucky for weddings. In years past, Christian weddings were rarely held during Easter Time. Only on Pentecost did the time of summer weddings begin. In the Northern Hemisphere, June is the month of the summer solstice.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 79.

Month of the Sacred Heart. On the Friday following the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Because this solemnity usually falls in June, this month is also known as the “Month of the Sacred Heart.” Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is all about pondering Christ’s love and meditating on Christ’s suffering.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 79.

June 1st is the memorial of St. Justin, Martyr. “St. Justin, also called Justin Martyr (c. 100-165), was born in Judea and raised pagan by parents who were probably Greek or Roman. He studied philosophy, converted to Christianity, and spent his life teaching and writing. Justin is best known for his Apologies and for his Dialogue with Trypho. He fought against the heresy of Marcion, who rejected the Old Testament. Justin’s life ended in Rome, where he was martyred under Marcus Aurelius. He is one of the first Christian apologists, and he was one of the first to employ philosophy as a tool toward greater understandings of revelation.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 80. St. Justin, give us the courage to stand up for what we know to be right. Take a stand against gossip today.

Holy Year of Mercy

“The Joy of Jubilee – The Church as a whole is called to mercy: “I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.” (Pope Francis, March 13, 2015) The Jubilee Year of Mercy – Special Issue of Living with Christ, page 3

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

When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. Jean Vanier

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 heard from officials representing the federal government that administered the schools. In a Sharing Circle at the Manitoba National Event, the Honourable Chuck Strahl (then minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada) said, Governments like to write … policy, and they like to write legislation, and they like to codify things and so on. And Aboriginal people want to talk about restoration, reconciliation, forgiveness, about healing … about truth. And those things are all things of the heart and of relationship, and not of government policy. Governments do a bad job of that.

Church representatives spoke about their struggles to right the relationship with Aboriginal peoples. In Inuvik, Anglican Archbishop Fred Hiltz told us that as a Church, we are renewing our commitment to work with the Assembly of First Nations in addressing long-standing, Indigenous justice issues. As a Church, we are requiring anyone who serves the Church at a national level to go through anti-racism training…. We have a lot to do in our Church to make sure that racism is eliminated.

Educators told us about their growing awareness of the inadequate role that post-secondary institutions played in training the teachers who taught in the schools. They have pledged to change educational practices and curriculum to be more inclusive of Aboriginal knowledge and history. Artists shared their ideas and feelings about truth and reconciliation through songs, paintings, dance, film, and other media. Corporations provided resources to bring Survivors to events, and, in some cases, some of their own staff and managers. For non-Aboriginal Canadians who came to bear witness to Survivors’ life stories, the experience was powerful. One woman said simply, “By listening to your story, my story can change. By listening to your story, I can change.”

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 Junior Classes

  • Recognize Jesus as a companion and friend who travels with them on the journey of their lives;
  • Appreciate what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ and accept the responsibility of this gift;
  • Participate as an active member in the prayer life of the Communion of Saints to help those saints among us and those who have gone before us and who are in need of our prayers;
  • Recognize and believe in Mary as the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.

Grade Four LC 1.4: Demonstrate an understanding of the sacraments as both a sign and instrument of God’s call to holiness. [CCC nos. 823-829] During the mass we hear the priest pray the Doxology – :Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever. And we all respond: Amen. The him being referred to is Jesus. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross brought glory to God and helps to make the people of God holy. We are called to be holy as God is holy. Love is a sign of holiness. Love “governs, shapes, and perfects all the means of sanctification.” [CCC 826] Through Baptism we enter into life as followers of God’s call to holiness, to be the most loving person we can be. Through Confirmation we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and invited to more deeply live the fruit of the Holy Spirit – love being just one of those nine gifts. Eucharist is a sign of how much Jesus loved us. He gave up his life for us by dying on the cross. Before he did that, he instituted the Eucharist. He knew we would need an example of follow. By attending mass and receiving the Eucharist, we can become more closely connected to Jesus. He becomes part of our Body. He calls us to live a life of loving service like he did.

Grade Five LC 2.2: Identify Mary’s role of discipleship using passages of the Old and New Testament, link this with the mystery of her Son Jesus Christ and identify the virtues that distinguish her as the first disciple (obedience and trust to God’s will e.g. Magnificat). [CCC nos. 963-970] Because Mary is the Mother of God, Jesus, she is clearly our mother too. Mary is the Immaculate Conception, meaning that Mary was conceived without sin. God had a special role for Mary to play in salvation history, if Mary wanted to do it. When the angel Gabriel delivers God’s invitation to Mary, even though Mary doesn’t understand how it can happen “since I am a virgin.” God makes it possible through the Holy Spirit. Mary says “Yes” to being Jesus’ mother. She trusts deeply that God will support her and will love her through her whole life. Have your class read the passage where Gabriel asks Mary to be Jesus’ mother. (Luke 1:26-38) Mary would have been about 15 when this took place. Ask the girls in the class if they would have said yes to God.

Ask your students to identify the characteristics Mary would have had to say yes. Ask them how her life would have changed by becoming a mother. Ask them how she would have felt when Jesus grew up and started his ministry. Ask them how she would have felt when Jesus was taken by the authorities. Mary shows us how to be a disciple and how to trust in God even when it means that God’s will may be very difficult.

Grade Six LC 2.1: Define the Church’s teaching concerning the life of Mary from Scripture and Tradition (i.e. Immaculate Conception, Assumption) and why these are important signs which point to the life of Jesus Christ. [CCC nos. 484-511; 963-975] The Immaculate Conception is Mary being conceived without sin so that she could be Jesus’ mother, if she said yes. Assumption takes place when Mary’s earthly life was complete she was taken up body and soul into heaven. These teachings are part of the Tradition of the Church. Explain the Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Mary as teachings from Tradition. Have the students read the passages in the Bible that help us to learn about the life of Mary. These passages will be found in the beginning of Matthew’s gospel and in the beginning of Luke’s gospel. There were a few other times when Mary is in the Gospels. In John’s gospel 19:25 Mary is at the foot of the cross supporting her son in his dying moments. Ask your students: why are these important signs which point to the life of Jesus Christ?

Twenty-first Century Education

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

Donatus –Have you ever heard about somebody being at the wrong place at the wrong time? Well, Donatus was at the right place at the right time! Donatus was an Irish nobleman who had been on a trip to Italy and just happened to pass through the village of Fiesole at a time when the clergy and people were trying to choose a new bishop. Donatus went into the cathedral, and just as he entered, the church bells suddenly began to ring, and all the candles blazed forth with a bright light! The people all looked around and saw this stranger and immediately decided this had been a sign from heaven that Donatus should be their new bishop! Donatus agreed and became a good bishop, a gifted preacher, a poet, and a saint. Of course, people are not usually chosen for jobs in such a strange way today. But God DOES still send signs and messages to his people. You just have to pay attention! In fact, God may be sending YOU a message right now! So stop, look, and listen. What do you think God is saying to you TODAY?” page 52-53

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. When on vacation, Catholic go to Mass ______________________. A. if it fits their schedule C. when they get home   C.unless it is impossible if they want to
  1. Pope Francis has _________________________ followers around the world on Twitter.   A. 20 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 church C. seas D. mind
  1. Watching Mass on TV is the same as going to Sunday Mass. T or F

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

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

Joy – This movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro is anything but joyful. It is almost painful to see the family dysfunction in this woman’s life almost derail her potential and fortitude. I was so grateful that she persevered. I caught myself swearing at the family members and their selfishness. I think the trailers for this movie were deceptive. I give this movie ♥♥♥/5.

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

“Slugs have four noses.

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