Catholic Culture Update June 12-18

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 12th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.” Psalm 32

June 12th is Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

In preparation for Mass, examine your conscience. For what do you need forgiveness? If the sin is serious, participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation soon. If the sin is not serious in nature, go to Mass with an awareness of the need for forgiveness, and pray the Penitential Act with special fervour.

Reflect on the Word –The woman took extreme measures to approach Jesus. What needs do you bring to the Lord at this time? Have you hurt someone recently, or have you been hurt by another? How might you be a person of peace and forgiveness in the situation?

Act on the Word – Alleluia! It is rarely easy to ask another for forgiveness, even when the transgression is small. This week, think about the ways in which you need forgiveness and the situations in which you need to forgive another. What happened? What was the impact? If the situation is unresolved, take a step to bring it to resolution. If doing so makes you nervous, pray about the things you might do or say to act in love. If the circumstances have passed yet you still cling to the memory of what took place, take the situation to prayer, and ask Christ to illumine your heart and mind with wisdom and peace. Consciously act as a forgiving presence this week and pay attention to the times others forgive or demonstrate patience with you.

Wrapping It Up ~ In what ways does your life say to others that you are journeying with Jesus? How is this journey one of honesty and growth, forgiveness, compassion and mercy – received and given?” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 223 -226

June 13th is the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), a member of a noble Portuguese family, joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine at a young age, but later joined the Franciscans to engage in missionary work. Although his missionary dreams were halted due to illness, he received public acclaim for his preaching style, which led to the conversion of many from heresy, earning him the title “the Hammer of the Heretics.” He had the privilege of meeting St. Francis of Assisi in person and was later elected provincial of Northern Italy. His writing is extensive, especially in the area of sermons; therefore, he was named a Doctor of the Church. People invoke his name when trying to find lost items. This comes from the story in the saint’s biography when a young novice took Anthony’s Psalter, but returned it in a hurray when the angry saint appeared to him in a vision!” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 82  Anthony, Anthony, come around, something’s lost that can’t be found. Attend the St. Anthony’s procession at St. Gregory’s parish on Monday at 5:45. The Bishop will be celebrating mass afterward.

Holy Year of Mercy

“God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you!” The Jubilee Year of Mercy – Special Issue of Living with Christ, page 11

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.

The Legacy – “I want Canadians to understand that [the legacy of the residential schools] does not just affect the lives of the person who actually attended the school, but family members, such as spouses and children, are also very deeply affected about this sad legacy in history.” — Johanne Coutu-Autut, spouse of former Turquetil Hall resident

Residential schools are a tragic part of Canada’s history. But they cannot simply be consigned to history. The legacy from the schools and the political and legal policies and mechanisms surrounding their history continue to this day. This is reflected in the significant educational, income, health, and social disparities between Aboriginal people and other Canadians. It is reflected in the intense racism some people harbour against Aboriginal people and in the systemic and other forms of discrimination Aboriginal people regularly experience in this country. It is reflected too in the critically endangered status of most Aboriginal languages. Current conditions such as the disproportionate apprehension of Aboriginal children by child-welfare agencies and the disproportionate imprisonment and victimization of Aboriginal people can be explained in part as a result or legacy of the way that Aboriginal children were treated in residential schools and were denied an environment of positive parenting, worthy community leaders, and a positive sense of identity and self-worth. The schools could be brutal places, as Joseph Martin Larocque, a former student at the Beauval residential school in Saskatchewan, told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

[Residential school] was a very harsh environment. They, they treated us like criminals.… You, you had to, it’s like a prison. But we were small kids, and we didn’t understand. We didn’t understand harsh discipline. We, we understood love from our, our parents. But the harsh discipline was hard to take, and that happened to everybody, not only me.

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

Celebrating ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

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

  • Cherish the sacramental life of the Church as the gift of God’s presence in our lives to nourish, restore, guide and form us as children of God;
  • Participate freely in the Sacrament of Eucharist as the central sacrament of the Catholic faith and the Sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen and renew their relationship with Jesus;
  • Find hope and faith in the story of salvation that unfolds through the celebrations of the five seasons of the Church’s liturgical year.

Grade Two CL 1.1: Examine a selection of gospel narratives that reveal God’s grace as a gift that changes lives (healing and teaching gospel narratives) and the sacrifice of love we are to offer to God out of gratitude. (e.g. 1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 9:13 and 121:7; Matthew 5:23-24); and connect these narratives to the gift of Grace in the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist (i.e. removes sin and purifies our soul, forms us to act justly and with charity). [CCC nos. 1425-1429; 1443-1445] Read your class John`s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand – John 6:1-15. After reading the gospel, ask them: Why were the people following Jesus? [because of what Jesus was doing for the sick] Who has the bread and fish for Jesus’ miracle? [young boy] How much did the people get to eat? [as much as they needed] Was there food left over? [yes, twelve baskets] There is an important line in the reading, “for he himself knew what he was going to do.” Jesus wanted to teach his disciples a lesson – they could always trust him to supply whatever they needed. God’s grace is a gift that changes lives. God loves us to the moon and back. God wants to take care of us. There are two gifts of Grace that Jesus gives us: the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. When we are baptized, we are part of God’s family. Jesus taught us to pray: “Forgive us our trespasses”, Jesus knows we are going to need forgiveness so he gives us the gift of Reconciliation. We have conscience that tells us when we stray from what is right. The conscience tells us that we need forgiveness. We receive this gift of forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation. Holy Eucharist gives us the nourishment we need to live a life of love and justice. Jesus gives us himself. He becomes bread that we might have spiritual food to eat. This spiritual food supports us on our journey to become the holiest people we can become. We can trust Jesus to supply whatever we need throughout our lives.

Grade Three CL 1.1: Define the meaning of “divine and actual Grace” and find within a selection of biblical passages, examples of God’s presence and the gift of His grace transforming human experience into sacred experience. (Creation Story, Exodus event, the Birth of Jesus and His baptism, the Resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit.) [CCC nos. 1113-1134] Divine grace is God’s influence that operates in humans to regenerate and bless, to inspire virtuous impulses and to impart strength and to withstand temptation. It is all that God will provide those who believe. Look at the words of the Our Father. What does God provide when we pray that prayer? Read the biblical passages suggested above: Creation – Genesis 1: 1-31; Exodus event – Exodus 12:1-28; the Birth of Jesus – Luke 2:1-20; Jesus’ baptism – Luke 3:21-22; The Resurrection of Jesus – Luke 24: 1-12; Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2:1-36. Ask you read the story ask your students to listen for how God ‘s presence and the gift of His grace transformed human experience into sacred (holy) experience.

Twenty-first Century Education

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

Elizabeth of Hungary –This saint was the daughter of the king of Hungary and the day she was BORN, she was promised in marriage to the son of a nobleman. When she was only four years old, she was taken to her future father-in-law’s castle so she could GROW UP with her future husband. When Elizabeth was barely a teenager and her “intended,” Louis, was twenty-one, they were married. By then, they were already good friends, so Louis KNEW that Elizabeth would spend a lot of her time praying and doing charitable works — and he never objected. Their castle was built on a steep rock, and Elizabeth realized it would be difficult for people who needed help to climb all the way up, so she build a hospital at the FOOT of the rock! She went there regularly to help care for the sick. She often fed them herself, made their beds, or did whatever was needed. She also arranged for the poor to be given food at her gate, and every day NINE HUNDRED people came to be fed. Elizabeth lived a saintly life as a wife, the mother of three children, and a woman who shared her wealth with others. She became the patron saint of Catholic Charities. Do you ever share YOUR wealth with others? If you had only two nickels, would you give one nickel to someone else? Maybe if you had A LOT of money like Elizabeth, it would be easier to share that when you just have a little. BUT A LOT of money NEVER share than A LOT of money NEVER share. And some people who have only A LITTLE money share all the time. Which kind of person will you be?” page 54-54

Who says teaching religion can’t be fun? What’s Your Catholic IQ? by Sister Pat Carter csj

  1. Who is the patron saint of educators? A. St. Jude     B.St. Francis de Sales                       C. St. Gregory the Great         D. all three
  1. Who is the patron saint of students?   A. St. Jude    B.  St. Thomas Aquinas                       C. St. Catherine of Alexandria            D. all three
  1. Who is the smartest of the saints?   A. St. Teresa of Avila  B. St. Thomas Aquinas           C. St. Augustine   D. all three
  1. Who wrote the most books in the Bible?   A. Moses   B. St. Paul   C. Ezra   D. King David
  1. Who is the most influential person in the Scriptures?   A. Moses B. Mary  C. Paul  D. Jesus

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

  1. Aboriginal men or women who are recognized, respected, and consulted for their wisdom, experience, knowledge, background and insight are A. disciples B. elders   C. apostles  D. followers
  1. This term refers to native, original, or earliest known inhabitants of a region A. Indigenous B. Bedouin  C. imam    D. Righteous
  1. An Aboriginal spiritual leader can be called   A. Patriarch    B.Avatar  C. Shaman   D. Guru
  1. This saint has a large popular following among Canadian First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples   A. St. Joan of Arc    B.St. Kateri    C. St. Anthony of Padua  D. St. Joseph
  1. Which one of the following do not belong to The Grandfather Teachings:   A. Wisdom B. Respect                  C. Honesty                              D. Modesty

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

Spotlight – This movie deals with the sexual abuse scandal in archdiocese of Boston that came to light in 2001 due to the work of reporters for the Boston Globe. It is not a movie for children. It is difficult to watch because of the insight of how power corrupts.  I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5 because the acting and directing is phenomenal.

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

“In our Board (Huron-Superior CDSB) we partner with 12 First Nation communities, 5 Metis nation areas, and 1 Indigenous Friendship Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.” Mona Jones’ email for FNMI month

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