Catholic Culture Update September 25th, 2016

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning September 25th, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“Petit coup de vent, c’est le bon Dieu qui soupire.” Victor Hugo


September 25th is the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary time. “The prophet Amos is the great champion of the poor and he is quite serious about the complacent folk who pamper themselves at the expense of others, having apparently lost interest in the sufferings of their fellow human beings. The idle rich are the target of the prophet’s wrath because their blatant consumption of delicacies is always at the expense of those who lack bare necessities. That same theme continues in today’s gospel, where Luke presents a vivid study in contrasts. The rich man, called Dives in the Latin Bible, was consumed in self-centred living. He had everything in this life but no compassion for the poor or anyone else but himself. When Lazarus and Dives were in this life, there was no chasm between them. The rich man could have gone out and helped Lazarus any time. But in eternal life there is a great chasm separating heaven and hell. Today’s gospel is not just about money or wealth. Almsgiving is good, but involvement is better. Our focus must be on the well-being of the poor and downtrodden. It is in giving that we receive, and God loves cheerful givers. Let us consider what we are depending on. Do we think being rich means we are right with God? If is wiser to think ahead to eternity!” Fr. Thomas Rosiica, CSB, Sunday Missal 2015-2016, Living with Christ, page 545.


September 25th is also Franco-Ontarian Day. Four years ago, the Ontario government declared September 25 as Franco-Ontarian Day – a day to “officially recognize the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.” This contribution goes back more than 400 years! The French were the first to explore and establish settlements in Ontario. Read about the history of the French presence in Ontario. You may wonder why September 25 was chosen. Well, it was on that day in the year 1975 that the Franco-Ontarian flag was raised for the first time! Read about the history of the Franco-Ontarian flag? Learn more about the significance of this day. Fly the flag proudly today!


September 26th is the feast of Saints John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs, Secondary Patrons of Canada.

“On this day the Church honours the saints who gave their lives to spread the Catholic faith in North America: two Jesuit priests, St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) and St. John de Brébeuf (1593-1649), and their companions. St. Isaac was captured and tortured for his preaching of the Gospel. He escaped and returned to Europe, but only to seek permission to offer Mass with his scarred and mutilated hands. The pope granted his wish, and St. Isaac returned to the New World where he was put to death in 1646. Jean de Brébeuf dedicated himself to preaching the Gospel among the Huron people in what is now upstate New York and Canada. He translated the Catechism into the Huron language and wrote a series of “Instructions for Missionaries” that mingled divine and practical counsels: Love the Hurons as brothers, he urged, and bear with their shortcomings. Never keep them waiting, and learn to get into a canoe without carrying sand or water with you. Eat first thing in the morning, because that’s what the Indians do. Work as they do, and serve them in whatever way you can. Jean de Brébeuf knew that only by understanding the Indians could missionaries hope to help them understand the Gospel. North American martyrs, pray for us.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 120. A martyr is one who dies for a just cause. Would you be willing to die for your faith?


Image result for St. Vincent de Paul, PriestSeptember 27th is the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest. “St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), a French priest, gradually became aware of the growing disparity between rich and poor; therefore, he laid the framework for a confraternity of caring, called the Servants of the Poor, which provided for the physical needs of the poor. Recognizing the call to care for not only their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs, he established a society of priests, the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), dedicated to preaching to peasants, catechists of the marginalized, and other charitable works. In collaboration with St. Louise Montfort de Marillac, he founded the Daughters of Charity, a new community of sisters not bound by traditional vows or enclosure, devoted to the sick, orphaned, and imprisoned. St. Vincent is the patron saint of charitable societies. Many day care centres, hospitals, thrift stores, and soup kitchens are named in his honour.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 120. St. Vincent de Paul, help us to see those around us who are in need. Do a small act of kindness today!


September 27th is also World Tourism Day. “A World Tourism Day was created in 1979 by the World Tourism Organization. The Church is concerned about tourism in the world, remembering the words of Jesus to his disciples, “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace lives there, your peace will rest on that person” (Lk 10:5-6).” Ordo Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016, p. 359


September 28th is the memorial of St. Wenceslaus, Martyr. “Most people are familiar Image result for St. Wenceslaus, Martyrwith St. Wenceslaus (c. 907-929), due to the popular Christmas carol Good King Wenceslaus. Although this ancient carol is not based on historical events, it illustrates the fame King Wenceslaus received because of his heroic life. As a Christian king in Bohemia, a primarily pagan country, he worked fervently to Christianize his people. His attempt to evangelize the Bohemians was not received well by some, including his brother was eventually murdered him. As he was dying, he prayed that God would forgive his brother. Shortly following his death, people proclaimed his a martyr.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 120 Good King Wenceslaus, inspire us to be good too. Sing the refrain of the song.


September 29th is the feast of the Archangels, Holy Michael, Holy Gabriel and Holy Raphael. “We celebrate the feast of three Archangels. Holy Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the great heralds of salvation and defenders against the power of evil. Michael is guardian and protector of the Church, from its roots in Israel to the Church of today and beyond. In Hebrew, his name means “who is like God?” Gabriel, whose name means “hero of God,” announces that John the Baptist will be born to Elizabeth and Zechariah. He is entrusted with the most important task of revealing to Mary that she will bear the Son of God. Then, there is Raphael, whose name is Hebrew for “God has healed.” He is named in Tobit 12 as the one standing in the presence of God and in 1 Enoch (early Jewish writing) as the healer of the earth.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 121

Holy Angels of God share God’s goodness with all who believe. Read one of the passages in Scripture wherein the archangels are mentioned.


St Jerome IconSeptember 30th is the memorial of St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church. “St. Jerome (c. 345-420) is the patron saint of scholars and librarians. With a great love of learning and books, as a monk and priest he developed a passion for the interpretation of Sacred Scripture. With a comprehensive knowledge of classical languages, St. Jerome produced a Latin text of the entire Bible which came to be known as the Vulgate. He wrote numerous commentaries on several books of the Bible. Along with writing, he provided spiritual guidance to wealthy widows and mentored young monks in monastic discipline, St. Jerome joins three other saints (Ambrose, Augustine, and Gregory the Great) as the four great Latin Doctors of the Church.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 121 St. Jerome we pray that we will have a love of the Scriptures. Savour your favourite passage of Scripture, read it three times slowly and see what God will say to you through it.



Image result for St. Thèrése of the Child JesusOctober 1st is the memorial of St. Thèrése of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. “St. Thèrése of the Child Jesus (1873-1897), also known as the “Little Flower,” was the youngest of Blessed Zélie and Blessed Louis Martin’s five daughters. Zélie died of breast cancer when Thèrése was only four years old, a blow from which Thèrése took years to recover. The family moved to Lisieux, to be closer to Zélie’s brother and his family. After their mother’s death, Thèrése became very close to her sister, Pauline, but five years later, Pauline entered the Carmel of Lisieux. Eventually, all five sisters would become nuns, four of them at the Lisieux Carmel. When she was only fifteen, Thèrése having received permission from the diocesan bishop because of her youth, joined the Carmel. As a Carmelite nun, she overcame the narrow, negative spirituality prevalent in nineteenth-century France, and focused on love – her love of God and God’s love for her. She called her path of holiness the “Little Way,” referring to her belief that every act, no matter how great or small, brings us as close to God as do heroic acts performed by spiritual giants such as Ignatius of Loyola or Teresa of Avila. She developed tuberculosis when she was only twenty-four and was unable to join a Carmel in the missionary territory of Vietnam. A year later, when only twenty-five, she died of the disease, after suffering through a period in which she doubted the existence of heaven. Thèrése left behind a memoir, L’histoire d’une âme (The Story of a Soul), which she wrote under obedience to her sister, Pauline, who had become prioress. It was published posthumously, after heavy editing by her sisters brought it into conformity with their idea of piety, but recent editions have restored the original material. …Because of her missionary spirit, Thèrése of Lisieux is the patron saint of missions. St. John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church in 1997, one of only three women so honoured, along with Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 124-125 St. Thérèse help us to do the small act that will bring us closer to God. Follow in Thérèse’s footsteps and do a kind deed.

Holy Year of Mercy ~ until November 20th, 2016

“If our heart is closed, if our heart is made of stone, then the stones will end up in our hands and, then, we will be ready to throw them at someone.” A Year with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections from his writings, edited by Alberto Rossa, CMF, page 215


Walking Forward Together with Creation ~ a quote for the week

“We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.” Laudato Si, #202


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

5. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.”

Were you aware that FNMI families parent their children differently?   Read this article to learn more!


New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Praying ~ Hope Expectations for Primary Classes

By the end of grade 3, 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.

Grade 3 PR 1.2: Examine selected Gospel passages to unfold what Jesus taught us about how we are to pray to the Father and link this to how he continues to teach us through the common prayers and liturgies of the Church, i.e. Eucharist, the Lord’s Prayer. [CCC nos. 2958-2616; 2620-21] In Matt. 5:44 (Lk. 6:28), Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute (do harm to you or your reputation) you. In Matt. 6:5, Jesus tells us to pray, but not like the hypocrites who want to be noticed by others. Later in the same chapter, Jesus gives his followers the Lord’s prayer (Matt. 6:9; Lk. 11:1). In Matt. 14:23, Jesus gives us a good example to follow. In Matt. 19:13, Jesus uses prayer to bless children, which is why people bring children to him. In Matt 26:36 (Lk. 22:40), Jesus is feeling very stressed, he goes off to pray and asks his followers to pray too. Lk. 18:1, Jesus tells a parable about our need to pray and to not lose heart. So when we read the Gospels Jesus teaches us to pray to the Father always, for all reasons, in all circumstances. I would read some of the above passages to the students and ask them what is Jesus teaching us about praying to the Father. I would take the Lord’s Prayer and line by line discuss with the students what are we praying in each line. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” We are praising God, our Father. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We are asking God to help us to bring his kingdom to life on earth. That means that we are willing to cooperate with God’s will. Etc.

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

“Frances Xavier Cabrini –Did you ever know anyone who was afraid to go swimming, after to get in a boat, afraid of water? Well, here’s a saint who was! When Frances Cabrini was a little girl in Italy, she fell into a river. Although she was saved quickly, this was a terrifying experience for her; after that, she was always afraid of water. But when she grew up to do God’s work, she had to cross NOT just a river but an OCEAN! Frances always wanted to be a nun and go to work in the foreign missions, but there were no orders of missionary sisters, so she founded an order herself! It was called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and they worked to give Christian education for young girls. Then one day the pope told Frances that she should take some of her Sisters and go to work across the ocean in America! After that first long voyage by sea, Frances – in spite of her fear of water – found herself traveling back and forth across the ocean many times, opening orphanages, hospitals, and schools in both America and Italy. Within a few years, her first group of eight Sisters grew to over a thousand nuns working in eight different countries. Pretty good for a little girl who was afraid of water! Are you afraid of water? What ARE you afraid of? Does that fear STOP you from doing things you want to do or SHOULD do? Ask God today to help you forget fear and welcome adventure – like St. Frances Cabrini did.” page 62


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


  1. 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


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

  1. An act of reverence made either singly, by touching the right knew to the ground, or doubly, by kneeling on both knees and bowing the head slightly is  A. Gilds   B. Girdle   C. Genuflection   D. Glosses


  1. The consecrated species of bread as used in the Mass is     A. Benediction B. Host C. Altar Breads     D. none of these


  1. The book that contains, in sequence throughout the year, brief directions for the Mass and the Divine Office to be said every day of the properly approved calendar of the Church is   A. Sacramentary    B. Roman Missal   C. Lectionary        D. Ordo


  1. Being a basis of confusion over the morality of actions, these arise when a troubled conscience, prompted by imaginary reasons, causes one to constantly dread sin where no sin exists, or to hold a venially sinful action mortally sinful is   A. Scruples   B. Scrutiny    C. Sedition   D. none of these


  1. The members of this small force are specially chosen young Catholic men from Switzerland to serve as personal guardian of the pope are   A. Swiss guards   B. Swiss mafia     C. Swiss underground police    D. none of these


Taking Jesus to the Movies …A blog by Pat Carter

The Young Messiah This movie came out last year along with several other Christian based movies. The Young Messiah shows the hidden years of Jesus’ life. Jesus the boy is played by Adam Greaves-Neal, Mary is played by Sara Lazzaro and Joseph is played by Vincent Walsh. It is a story that captures your imagination and you may feel transported back in time. Sometimes I think we believe that Jesus’ time was simple and carefree. The harshness of the Roman occupation is portrayed well. I would preview it before making the decision about watching it with children…some of the harshness may be too much for primary and junior level children.

I highly recommend the movie because it opens us to think about Jesus as a real person who had to grow and develop as we did.


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

“The country that hosted the first Olympic games after World War 1 was Belgium.”

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