Catholic Culture Update September 18

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“Give peace a chance.” John Lennon

September 18th is the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary time. “Today’s readings bring up a difficult question: Is it possible for one who enjoys a life of privilege to be a true Christian? I am reminded of the uncomfortable image of the camel trying to pass through the eye of the needle. Are good intentions enough? Amos and Paul offer some valuable clues. The first reading sternly warns the rich and powerful against cheating and taking advantage of the poor in the pursuit of profit. The second reading reminds us that “kings and all who are in high positions” need our prayerful support in order to carry out their responsibilities to promote peace and dignity for all. The psalm, however, draws us deeper. We are told, “The Lord raises the poor from the dust…to make them sit with princes.” In other words, God erases the artificial distinction between rich and poor, between the powerful and the needy. For the Christian, there can be no “us” and “them.” “There is one God,” says Paul, and so we are all members of the same family, the same body. As we work to promote justice, peace and equality in our world, we are called to embrace each person as our sister or brother. Though our circumstances may differ, we are all in need and we are all blessed.” Krystyna Higgins, Sunday Missal 2015-2016, Living with Christ, page 538.

September 18th is the day for the annual Terry Fox run/walk event. The funds raised are used for Cancer research in Canada. Are you going to participate this year?

Image result for September 21st is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.September 21st is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. “St. Matthew (first century), referred to as the “tax collector,” is one of the Twelve Apostles and the Evangelist who authored the first of the four accounts of the Gospel. His account has a two-fold purpose: one, to announce that Jesus is the eternal king of all creation; and two, to encourage faith in the face of doubt, especially regarding persecution. We have very little information about him, other than he invited Jesus to his home to dine with societal outcasts (see Matthew 9:9-13), and that he preached the Good News after the Resurrection. Tradition says he began preaching in Judea, then moved on to Ethiopia, Persia, Syria, Macedonia, and possibly Ireland. He is venerated as a martyr, even though history does not tell us how or where he died.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 118. St. Matthew teach us to be humble. Humility is not a virtue honoured in our society…look around today for a humble person.

September 21st is the International Day of Peace. There is such a great need of peace in the world. This year we invite our schools, classes and employees to show their commitment to peace by flashing a peace sign, taking a photograph and posting it on social media with the hash tag #FlashItForPeace. Last year over ½ million impressions were created worldwide in support of this Peace Works online event, and this year we can make an even BIGGER impact. Join with others all over the planet on this one amazing day and FLASH IT FOR PEACE! Promotional tools you can share are: The CYNTHIA DALE YouTube video – and the Peace Works website

September 22/23 is the Autumnal Equinox. “This celestial event marks the official change of seasons. After today, nights will be longer than days in the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is beginning. (Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere the opposite is true and the season of spring begins.) The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is known as “harvest moon.” In the old days, the light of the full moon helped farmers harvest crops during the night. The next full moon, about a month later, is called “hunter’s moon.” It is a second harvest moon.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 118.

September 23 is the memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest. “Early in life St. “Padre” Pio (1887-1968), a Capuchin priest from Italy, demonstrated an unqImage result for St. Pius of Pietrelcinauenchable thirst for God. While praying one day before the crucifix, he received the visible wounds of Crucifixion that Christ bore in his Passion and Death, known as the stigmata. After an examination by a doctor, it was determined that there was no natural explanation for the wounds. Along with the stigmata, he experienced other mystical phenomena, including bi-location, the ability to be in two places at the same time, and “reading the hearts” of those who sought counsel and forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation. These two miraculous gifts enabled him to lead both the sinner and the devout closer to God. Upon his death the stigmata were no longer visible.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 118. Padre Pio help us to value a clear conscience and confession of our failings. If you have hurt someone recently, ask for forgiveness.

Holy Year of Mercy ~ until November 20th, 2016

“Truth and goodness are always accompanied by beauty. There is nothing more touchingly human than the need for beauty for which the human heart longs. Communication is more human when it is more beautiful.” A Year with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections from his writings, edited by Alberto Rossa, CMF, page 301

Walking Forward Together with Others ~ a quote for the week

“Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in their moccasins.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 2012 Calls to Action

“In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes the following calls to action.

LEGACY: Child welfare

  1. We call upon the federal government to enact Aboriginal child-welfare legislation that establishes national standards for Aboriginal child apprehension and custody cases and includes principles that:
  2. Affirm the right of Aboriginal governments to establish and maintain their own child-welfare agencies.
  3. Require all child-welfare agencies and courts to take the residential school legacy into account in their decision making.

iii. Establish, as an important priority, a requirement that placements of Aboriginal children into temporary and permanent care be culturally appropriate.”


New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Praying ~ Hope Expectations for Intermediate Classes

By the end of grade 8, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

  • Seek intimacy with God and celebrate communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship;
  • Appreciate the gift of the common prayers of the Church and how they teach us to pray;
  • Incorporate Sacred Scripture and other forms of prayer into their prayer life;
  • Turn to Christ’s gift of the Our Father as a model for prayer and the saints as a model for a life of prayer;
  • Reflect on the whole of the Liturgical year of the Church as an unfolding of the story of our salvation, made known through symbol, Word, ritual action and prayer.

Grade 7 PR 1.1: Explain why the “Our Father” has become the prayer of the Church, prayed in the ritual celebration of each sacrament and in the Eucharistic Liturgy. [CCC nos. 2767-2776] You can tell your class Jesus actually gave us these words to pray when his disciples asked him to teach them to pray. The first communities used to pray the Lord’s Prayer three times a day. “The Lord’s Prayer is essentially rooted in liturgical prayer and is an integral part of the major hours of the Divine Office” (the prayer used in monasteries and convents throughout the world daily.) [CCC 2768]   It is one of the prayers that our parents and grandparents teach us first because it is part of the heritage of all believers. This one prayer summarizes the gospels. When you are at Mass, listen to how everyone prays this prayer together. It brings all Christians together (Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, Pentecostals) we all pray the same words for the Lord’s Prayer. It is the most important prayer of the Church. It is a key lesson for those preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. To begin this lesson, I would ask my class “What is the most important prayer of the Church?” Listen to their answers. They may say “The Eucharist,” which is a communal form of prayer but ask them to be more specific, which prayer of the Mass is the most important prayer. Discuss why this prayer has a couple of names, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “The Our Father.” Ask them to think back to when they first learned the prayer, “Who taught it to you?” “Why is this prayer so important?” Tease out of the students the significance of this prayer. It is prayed in almost every Catholic classroom at least once a day. It is prayed in every Catholic Mass. What is so important? Invite your class to listen to the whole school prayer it together at your next school mass.

Grade 8 PR 1.1: Identify how a Life of Prayer involves the theological virtues (i.e. faith, hope, and love) and how these are expressed in the Our Father as a prayer. {CCC nos. 2607-2615; 2777-2802] Jesus teaches us to pray by praying himself. “His prayer to his Father is the theologal path (the path of faith, hope and charity/love) of our prayer to God. But the Gospel also gives us Jesus’ explicit teaching on prayer.” [CCC 2607] Prayer helps us to live a life of purpose and peace. It helps us to build our primary relationship with God who wants to be in relationship with us. God gives us the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. These gifts help us to live in relationship with others. Ask your students if they know someone who is holy and why they think the person is holy. They may say the person is holy because they pray. They may say that the person goes to Church, which is because they pray. A life of prayer is a key means to living with peace, truth, love and joy. We do not need to be in charge, because God is. Ask your students to look at the Lord’s Prayer to identify how the prayer speaks about faith, hope and love. Just being able to say “Our Father who art in heaven” is an act of faith to call God our Father, and to believe God is in heaven. You may have to discuss with your class what the distinctive qualities of faith, hope and love are for them to be able to apply them to the prayer. Section Two of Part Four – Christian Prayer of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is all about the Our Father.

Twenty-first Century Learning

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

“Frances of Rome –Have you ever heard any of those silly mother-in-law jokes? Well, you might have heard some about this saint if you had lived in her town because her daughter-in-law did NOT like her at all! Frances was a sweet lady, who took good care of her husband and children, and they all loved her very much. She also went EVERY day to the local hospital to help patients there and was very kind to her large household of servants. Then some enemies destroyed her palace. Her husband and oldest son had to flee for their lives, and Frances and the younger children lived in a corner of their ruined home for several years until her husband and son were able to return. That’s when her son married a girl named Mobilia. It looked like life would be beautiful again. BUT, unfortunately, Mobilia had a terrible temper and decided she did NOT like Frances. Mobilia complained constantly, threw tantrums, and even made fun of Frances in public. Then one day when Mobilia was right in the middle of one of her tantrums, she suddenly fell ill. Frances tenderly took care of her and nursed her back to health. After that, Mobilia saw how wrong she had been. She, too, began to love her saintly mother-in-law and then followed her example and helped in her work with the poor and the sick. Did you ever NOT like somebody? Did you ever complain about somebody? Did you ever throw a tantrum? Think about someone you do NOT like – then surprise yourself! Do something NICE for that person! Surpriiiiisssseeeee…..”page 60-61

WHO says teaching RELIGION can’t be FUN? What’s Your Catholic IQ? by Pat Carter csj

  1. The son of God who was incarnate of the Virgin Mary is:

A. Moses    B. Jesus     C. Joseph      D. Abraham

  1. Who is consubstantial with the Father

A. St. Francis      B. Pope Francis       C. Christ     D. Pontius Pilate

  1. After the unity of the human race was shattered by the coming of sin, God sought to save humanity by creating a covenant with

A. Noah     B. Melchisedek    C. Jesus    D. Job

4.The Father of our faith, the Jewish faith and the Muslim faith is

A.Noah    B. Daniel    C. Mohammed   D. Abraham

  1. After the patriarchs, God formed this people by freeing them from slavery in Egypt

A. Hebrews     B. Israelites    C. pagans    D. none of these

Taking Jesus to the Movies …A blog by Pat Carter

Money Monster – This movie stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Julia directs a money/business/investment program where George is the money monster who gives financial advice to his viewers. It is a program with intrigue and suspense. There is some gunfire but not much violence beyond that. It is a movie about truth and how greed can cause chaos in the lives of ordinary people. I enjoyed the movie because George Clooney’s character seems to come to an epiphany and seeks to get to the bottom of the chaos.

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

“Bamboo makes up 99% of a Giant Panda’s diet.”

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