Catholic Culture Update June 19-26

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 19th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart for the week.

“My soul thirsts for you Lord.” Psalm 63

June 19th is Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

How have you followed Jesus in the past week? In what way do you give evidence that you believe in Jesus Christ?

Reflect on the Word – What in Jesus’ words today challenges you? In what way(s) do you lose your life for Christ’s sake?

Act on the Word – We often recognize the inspiration of the Holy Spirit or the invitation to embrace faithful living when we want to flee an opportunity to help another or when we make excuses for selfishness or self-centredness. This week, be attentive to these tendencies in yourself. Each time you find yourself holding back from embracing Christ’s way, say to yourself, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Be mindful of the impact of this prayer as you open yourself to embrace Christian discipleship more fully.

Wrapping It Up ~ In what ways do you need to lose your life for the sake of Christ? What is Jesus’ vision for our lives and for the life of the world?” 2015-2016 The Living Word – Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens, LTP, page 227, 230

June 19th is Father’s Day. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane thought that her father, William Smart, had done a remarkable thing. A veteran of the Civil War, he had raised his six children alone on the family farm in Washington after his wife died in childbirth. When Mrs. Dodd suggested a day for fathers in 1909, she meant it to be a Church service. Mother’s Day, which had just come into wide practice, was originally a Church service too. Public interest in establishing Father’s Day was strong at once in both the United States and Canada. Father’s Day became an official national day in 1966. Father’s Day is celebrated around the world – the date of celebration will vary.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 80

June 20th is World Refugee Day. “Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. People like you, people like me. To escape the violence, They leave everything behind, everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, believes that refugees deserve to live in safety.

Add your name to #WithRefugees petition to send a clear message to governments that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility. Please stand with us today!

 June 20 is Summer Solstice. “On this day the sun is at its highest in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the official beginning of summer and an ancient day of celebration. In places north of the Arctic Circle, called “The land of the midnight sun, “ the sun never sets during the days near the summer solstice. In most of northern Europe, these are called “the days that never end” because dawn begins before the evening twilight has faded. The sky is never completely dark. Many ancient peoples made today one of the great feasts. People lit huge bonfires during these shortest nights of the year to announce the official change of seasons. Some sort of protection at this time of year seemed especially important because spirits were thought to wander about during festival times. As European nations became Christian, the solstice traditions became associated with the birth of St. John the Baptist (June 24), called Midsummer Day because it is midway between the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.” Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 84

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day. “Catch the spirit of the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. Come celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.

June 24th is the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. “Today we commemorate the birth of St. John the Baptist, the only person besides Jesus and Mary whose birthday is celebrated on the Church calendar. John is the forerunner of Jesus, as we hear in the Benedictus, the prophetic canticle that John’s father, Zachary, proclaimed: “And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins…” (Luke 1:76-77). This is an ancient solemnity, reaching back to the fourth century, though the date of the celebration varied in East and West. In the East, the birth of Epiphany, January 7, because of the association with the baptism of the Lord. In the West, it was celebrated on June 24, in keeping with Luke 1:36, which notes that Elizabeth was six months pregnant at the time of the Annunciation of the Lord. It is not by coincidence that the birth of John the Baptist falls shortly after the summer solstice (June 21), while that of Christ is after the winter solstice (December 22). In the northern hemisphere, June 21 is the longest day of the year; after that, the days will get shorter and shorter. After the winter solstice, the days will gradually increase in length. St. Augustine drew a connection between this cosmic pattern and the saint we honour, we said “he must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 84-85   St. John inspire us to follow Jesus’ gospel of love as you did. Stay up late on this longest night of the year.

Holy Year of Mercy

“During the refugee crisis of 2015, Pope Francis called upon all Christians to get involved. In addition to the urgent issues refugees face, we must consider the human and spiritual needs of these men, women and children who have been uprooted. This situation also invites us to change our hearts: Are we open to those who are arriving in our country? Are we mindful of others who come from a culture, generation or sexual orientation that is different from our own? Do we create differences simply in the way we look at them?” The Jubilee Year of Mercy – Special Issue of Living with Christ, page 20

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

“The impacts of the legacy of residential schools have not ended with those who attended the schools. They affected the Survivors’ partners, their children, their grandchildren, their extended families, and their communities. Children who were abused in the schools sometimes went on to abuse others. Many students who spoke to the Commission said they developed addictions as a means of coping. Students who were treated and punished like prisoners in the schools often graduated to real prisons. For many, the path from residential school to prison was a short one. Mervin Mirasty was a student at the Beauval residential school.

I ran away from school. I’d go out, I’d walk around town, and steal whatever I could steal.… I started stealing cars. I got caught at fifteen. I ended up in jail. From that point of fifteen years old ’til … to the year 2000, I got sentenced to twenty-five years all together. And I don’t know what I was fighting, what I was trying to do. I didn’t care who I stole from. I drank. I started drinking when I was about seventeen, eighteen. I drank, I stole, I hardly worked. I used the system, the welfare system, and plus I stole, and I drank.

Children exposed to strict and regimented discipline in the schools sometimes found it difficult to become loving parents. Genine Paul-Dimitracopoulos’s mother was placed in the Shubenacadie residential school in Nova Scotia at a very early age. Paul-Dimitracopoulos told the Commission that knowing this, and what the school was like, helped her understand “how we grew up because my mom never really showed us love when we were kids coming up. She, when I was hurt or cried, she was never there to console you or to hug you. If I hurt myself she would never give me a hug and tell me it would be okay. I didn’t understand why.”4 Alma Scott of Winnipeg told the Commission that as “a direct result of those residential schools because I was a dysfunctional mother.… I spent over twenty years of my life stuck in a bottle in an addiction where I didn’t want to feel any emotions so I numbed out with drugs and with alcohol…. _That’s how I raised my children, that’s what my children saw, and that’s what I saw.”

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 2.1: Examine the parables of Jesus that deal with sinners and outcasts and explain how they were signs of hope for the followers of Jesus to live a life of holiness. [CCC nos. 543-546] Read the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). This parable is about a Samaritan (an outcast) who acts lovingly and compassionately. Ask your students how the Good Samaritan is a sign of hope for the followers of Jesus. How does he/she show Jesus’ followers to live a life of holiness. Read the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) Ask your students the same two questions as before. Other parables that can be used The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9); The Parable of the Great Dinner (Luke 14:15-24); Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7); Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:9-10); The Parable of the Prodigal Son and His Brother (Luke 15:11-32); Parable of the Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-13); Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14); and the Parable of the Ten Pounds (Luke 19:11-27).

Grade Five LC 2.3: Identify in Apostles Creed the two meanings of the term “communion of saints” (the communion of “holy things” and “holy persons”) and explain how this affects our understanding of the meaning of Church. [CCC nos. 946-962] “The term “communion of Saints” therefore has two closely linked meanings: communion “in holy things (sancta)” and “among holy persons (sancti).” [CCC 948] “Communion in the 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] Communion of the sacraments. “The fruit of all the sacraments belongs to all the faithful. All the sacraments are sacred links uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus Christ, …” [CCC 950] “Communion of charisms. Within the communion of the Church, the Holy Spirit “distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank” for the building up of the Church.” [CCC 951] “Communion of charity. In the sanctorum communion, “None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”…Charity does not insist on its own way. In this solidarity with all people, living or dead, which is founded on the communion of saints, the least or our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all. [CCC 953]   Ask your students what do they think of when they hear the word “church.” Church is a building; church is also the people of God. In the Apostles Creed we pray “I believe in the communion of saints” in the last part of the prayer. Please read through the two definitions of communion of saints which include all the people living and dead and all the holy objects in the treasure chest of the Church and explain to your students that this phrase is packed with meaning. You may want to have your class draw a treasure chest and put all the things listed above it in.

Grade Six LC 2.2: Articulate the reasons why our faith teaches us that Mary is the Mother of the Church. [CCC nos. 963-975; 2673-2682] Ask your students if they are connected to their mothers in a serious way. Maybe ask them if there is anyone else that they are as connected to, to see what they say. They may say their fathers, which would be right of course. Mary is Jesus’ mother and so “Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it.” [CCC 964] Mary walked with Jesus throughout his life up to his death on the cross. No one knew Jesus better than Mary. When we pray to Mary it is to ask her to speak to her Son, Jesus, about the person or situation we are praying for. Mary is not God. We do not worship Mary like we can worship Jesus. But Mary can speak to Jesus for us so we ask for her intercession.

Twenty-first Century Education

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

Emily de Podat – This lady probably became a saint because she did some eavesdropping! (When you eavesdrop, you either accidentally or on purpose OVERHEAR what somebody is saying to somebody else but NOT to you!) When she was a young girl, Emily took care of little children on the playground and helped to teach them about God before they made their first Communion. Then she decided that she would become a nun so she joined a convent. But Emily just didn’t feel like that convent was the right place for her. So she left and joined a DIFFERENT convent. Again, she didn’t feel like she fit in there. So she left and joined ANOTHER convent. But she left that one too. Then one day Emily was visiting a friend when she OVERHEARD some women talking about how hard it was to find someone to teach their children because they were poor and had no money to pay a teacher and all the schools in their town were too expensive. All of a sudden, Emily knew what she should do! She invited some of the poor children to come to her room, and she began to teach them. Later, she was able to rent a house and asked three of her friends to help her and she opened a FREE school for poor children. Soon she had eight teachers and ONE HUNDRED children at her school. But that was just the beginning. She and her friends decided to form a NEW religious community and more and more women joined them and their work grew and grew – just because god has let Emily OVERHEAR someone’s conversation! Have you noticed how God sometimes works in very strange ways? Emily kept trying to find where she was supposed to go, joining different convents, and then God sent her in a whole new direction! Has that ever happened to YOU? Did you ever think you knew what you wanted to do but it just didn’t work out? Maybe you tried out for a ball team but didn’t make it. Or you started to take piano lessons and then quit. Or you wanted to go to one school but had to go to a different one. You THOUGHT you knew where you should go because you WANTED to do that but GOD sent you off in a whole new different direction. Never get discouraged when things don’t work out the way you WANT them to – it could just mean that God has some place better to send you because he can see around the corners of the future and you can’t.”   page 55-57

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

  1. Aboriginal men or women who are recognized, respected, and consulted for their wisdom, experience, knowledge, background and insight are   A. disciples 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. 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

The Quiz will return for the last time this year next week.

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

You Before Me – This movie is about a young man who is in a serious accident that leaves him as a quadriplegic. His mother wants a companion for her son and hires a poor English girl full of colourful ideas of fashion and life.  I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5 If you saw and enjoyed the movie “Intouchable” you will like this movie too.
















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

“In 1850, many of our First Nations communities signed the Robinson-Huron or Robinson-Superior treaties with the British to share land and resources.” Mona Jones’ email for FNMI month

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