Catholic Culture Update October 23

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning October 23rd, 2016

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:14

October 23rd is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary time. ““Who am I to judge?” “I am a sinner.” Think about how these two quotes from Pope Francis apply to today’s gospel and to your life. The Church does not close itself to one and open to the other. The Church is called the house of the Father with doors wide open to everyone, including those the Pharisees casually dismiss. The Lord looks at the heart and is always searching for us, patiently waiting for us to respond and to repent. Those who welcome the message experience a sense of the sacred. Our mission as followers of Jesus is to believe and live a life beyond our sensory experiences of the commercial world and invite others to get to know and experience the Divine. Our affluent society dulls our sensitivity to the transcendental world of the Divine. Some people will say that faith is an illusion. We must stay positive about our faith: promote our faith. People hunger for the sacred. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of that sense of the Divine, nor deprive others of experiencing the Divine in their lives. Let us embrace Mission Sunday’s call to spread the Good News to invite and help family, friends and others, to satisfy their hunger for the sacred and to enable them to live in union with Jesus, the Son of the Living God.” Friar Ed Debono, OFM Conv., Sunday Missal 2015-2016, Living with Christ, page 572.

October 23rd is also World Mission Sunday. “At the initiative of Pope Pius XI in 1926, the second last Sunday during October became known as World Mission Sunday. Catholics throughout the world are invited to pray for and give to the Missions. The collection this Sunday is organized by the Pontifical Missions Society. The funds collected assist some 1,250 mission dioceses under the responsibility of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. As agreed by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada, a portion of the Canadian contributions to this collection assists six mission dioceses in Northern Canada. Pastors and pastoral workers are invited to encourage a missionary spirit, to promote missionary vocations, and to collaborate spiritually and materially in the Church’s mission work. The day of the collection, an appropriate intercession may be added to the Prayer of the Faithful. The Mas for the Evangelization for Peoples may be celebrated on this Sunday. “How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervour, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! ….I once more invoke the Holy Spirit. I implore him to come and renew the Church, to stir and impel her to go forth boldly to evangelize all peoples.” Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 261.” Ordo Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016 page 382

October 28th is the feast of Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles. “Today we honour two Apostles (first century) about whom we know very little. Tradition maintains that Saint Simon the Zealot preached missions throughout Persia and Egypt. Saint Jude, not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, is the patron saint of hopeless causes and is called Thaddeus in the Gospel according to Matthew and the Gospel according to Mark. It is believed that he engaged in missionary work in Mesopotamia and Persia. Both Saints Simon and Jude were supposedly martyred in Persia, and their relics were transferred to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome sometime during the seventh and eighth centuries.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 133 Sts. Simon and Jude, help us to speak the Word of God clearly and from our heart. If you hear someone say something today that sounds hopeless, invite them to pray to St. Jude who will help them out.

Holy Year of Mercy ~ until November 20th, 2016

“God’s face is that of a merciful Father/Mother who is always patient. A little bit of mercy will make the world less cold and more just.” A Year with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections from his writings, edited by Alberto Rossa, CMF, page 219

Walking Forward Together with Others ~ a quote for the week

In refugee camps around the world, I met people who were gone. They were still walking around but had lost so much that they were unable to claim any sort of identity. Others I met found who they truly were, and they generally found it through service to others. They became teachers when there was no school, books or pencils.” Deborah Ellis

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.


  1. We call upon the federal government to prepare and publish annual reports comparing funding for the education of First Nations children on and off reserves, as well as educational and income attainments ofAboriginal peoples in Canada compared with non-Aboriginal people.
  • Do we have any idea how much money is given by the Federal government to fund education of First Nations children on reserves?
  • Do we have any idea how much money is given by the Federal government to fund education of First Nations children off reserves?
  • Does the Federal government pay tuition to the School Boards to educate FNMI children in our schools?

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Praying ~ Hope Expectations for Junior Classes

By the end of grade 6, 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 into their prayer life as a reflective form of prayer that reveals the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Grade Four – PR 1.3: Identify from the passages of scripture found in the New Testament why Jesus insists on “conversion of heart” as the first step in prayer (i.e. act of contrition, prayers for reconciliation with God and others) and how these are expressed in daily prayers as well as the Liturgy for the Sacrament of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. [CCC nos. 2607-2615]

“From the Sermon on the Mount onwards, Jesus insists on conversion of heart: reconciliation with one’s brother/sister before presenting an offering on the altar, love of enemies and prayer for persecutors, prayer to the Father in secret, not heaping up empty phrases, prayerful forgiveness from the depths of the heart, purity of heart and seeking the Kingdom before all else. This filial conversion is entirely directed to the Father.” [CCC 2608] “Once committed to conversion, the heart learns to pray in faith. Faith is a filial adherence to God beyond what we feel and understand.” [CCC 2609] Read the Sermon on the Mount to your class starting with the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:1-12). Invite the students to reflect on verses 10-13. What is Jesus telling the listeners in these verses?

Continue by reading Mt. 5:21-26. What is Jesus telling the listeners about relationships between brothers and sisters? Continue to read Mt. 5:43-48. What is Jesus telling the listeners about relationships with enemies? Jesus wants us to have big hearts. Jesus’ main message is love. Being a loving person is the first step in prayer. If we need to change how we are acting in our relationships, then this needs attention. Look at the Act of Contrition. O my God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. This prayer is a good one to learn by heart. It reminds us that God’s love and forgiveness is important for our lives. It helps us to know that we have to seek reconciliation when we sin. Once we receive the sacrament of reconciliation, we can begin anew to be in good relationship with God and with God’s help work on our other relationships that may need help.

Grade Five – PR 1.3: Identify in a selection of biblical passages the elements of personal and communal prayer (i.e. Abraham, Moses, David, Job, the prophets, Jesus, Mary and the disciples, Chosen People, disciples, apostles etc.) that is inspired by the Holy Spirit and describe how these two forms of prayer are commonly experienced today (i.e. personal morning and evening prayer, group retreats, pilgrimages, charismatic and liturgical). [CCC nos. 2566-2622] Ask your student to distinguish the difference between personal and communal prayer – ask them to give an example of each. [personal – when we listen and speak to God by ourselves; communal – prayer over the PA in the morning, or when we go to Mass as a school]. Assign a passage to a student/group and ask them to read the passage and to identify whether it is an example of personal or communal prayer.

Passage Example of Personal or Communal Prayer
Abraham – Genesis 15:1-6 Personal
Moses – Exodus 3:1-12 Personal
Moses and Aaron – Exodus 4:27-31 Communal
Moses and Aaron – Exodus 12:43-51 Communal
Samuel and David – 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Personal – God is communicating with Samuel to anoint David as King
David’s Song of Thanksgiving – 2 Sam 22: 1-7 Personal – David sings to God his feelings of gratitude
Solomon’s Prayer – 1 Kings:10-26 Communal
Elijah the Prophet prays – 1 Kings 18:36-39 Communal
Job – Job 1:13-22 Personal
Isaiah 40:1-5 – Isaiah prays this to the people Communal
Jeremiah 18:1-12 Communal
Ezekiel 2:1-10 Personal
Jesus speaks about prayer Mt. 6:5-15 Communal
Mary and Gabriel Luke 1:26-38 Personal
Acts 2:1-13 Peter and the apostles Communal

These forms of prayer are experienced every day by certain people. Women and men religious pray the Hours of the Church – morning and evening prayer throughout the world…most of the prayer is focussed on the 150 psalms, the Magnificat and prayers of petition [communal prayer.] Some men, women and children pray in the morning and/or before they go to sleep at night [personal.]

Group retreats happen throughout the world where people gather to pray in private and in communal gatherings. Pilgrimages are a form of prayer that people participate in as they move from place to place. Charismatic prayer can be both personal and communal…it is a form of prayer that gives voice to the Spirit of God. Liturgical prayer is the type of prayer that happens at Mass. There are times for private prayer as well as prayer that is said together, like the Our Father.

Grade Six – PR 1.3: Explain how praying the psalms and prayers of the Catholic Tradition (e.g. Prayer of St. Francis, St. Ignatius of Loyola) transforms the hearts of persons (teach and form us through the gift of God’s grace) and apply the messages of justice, peace and reconciliation found in these prayers to issues of injustice, peace and reconciliation young people face today (e.g. cyberbullying, vandalism, poverty, inequality, exclusion). [CCC nos. 2585-2589; 2607-2615; 2683-2684] Invite your students to look at the book of Psalms. Ask them to identify any themes that they may find there. Show the class the Prayer of St. Francis (Make me a channel of your peace) and the Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola. [Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me; I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. Amen+] Ask your students how could these two prayers alone transform the hearts of people. Identify the themes in these two prayers. (peace, reconciliation, simplicity, desire for God alone) Look through the newspaper for the issues of injustice, poverty, etc. Ask your class, if people sincerely prayed these prayers and the psalms, could the world be transformed?

Twenty-first Century Learning

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

“Genevieve –This saint was a shepherd-girl and a vegetarian and is said to have SAVED the city of Paris! When Genevieve was just a little girl, she spent most of her days with other children tending the flocks of sheep who grazed on Mount Valerien in France. When she was only fifteen, she became a nun AND a vegetarian! As a sacrifice, she often fasted, eating only bread and beans, and NEVER ate meat. One time the people of Paris heard that Attila the Hun and his armies of cruel barbarians were coming to capture the city. Many people wanted to run for their lives and abandon the city, but Genevieve told them to stay in their homes. She told them to pray and fast, asking God to save the city. Following her example, many of the people DID stay and pray. And after many days of prayer, Attila suddenly changed the direction of his march and did NOT come to Paris. The city was saved, and the people never forgot. St. Genevieve is now the patron saint of Paris. Attila the Hun is known as one of the most brutal warriors in history. No wonder the people of Paris were afraid of him! Do YOU know anyone who is mean like Attila – a school bully, a cruel neighbour, a relative with a terrible temper? You should probably try to keep out of that person’s way, but it would ALSO be a good idea to PRAY for the brute!” page 66-67

What’s Your Catholic IQ? A Self-Assessment for Your Fun and Enlightenment by David O’Brien

  1. The leader of each diocese around the world is called a bishop. T or F
  1. Jesus worked as this before his ministry with his disciples.   A.shepherd B. priest C. carpenter                                              D. math teacher
  1. Only Catholics will go to heaven. T or F
  1. God asked this person to build an ark.   A. Adam & Eve B. Mary C. Jesus                                                        D. Noah
  1. The judge in the Old Testament famous for his strength and his long hair was    A.Samuel B. Samson C. Deborah                                                 D. Elijah

What’s Your Catholic IQ? A Self-Assessment for Your Fun and Enlightenment by David O’Brien

  1. Pope Francis named this the “Year of _____”.   A.Happiness B.Prayer                                                     C. Mercy                                                     D. no tests in school
  1. Adam and eve were tempted to eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden by a very evil squirrel. T or F
  1. Which sacrament do sick people often receive?     A. Baptism    B. Confirmation    C. Anointing of the Sick       D. Marriage
  1. Jesus picked _____ disciples to follow him and spread his message.     A.12     B. tall     C. 1 million                          D. Roman
  1. Which disciple said he wouldn’t believe Jesus rose from the dead until he stuck his fingers into the nail holes in Jesus hands and feet?   A.Dora     B. Thomas     C. Elsa                 D. Matthew

Taking Jesus to the Movies …A blog by Pat Carter

Songs My Brothers Taught Me – This movie was released in 2015. It was written and directed by Chloé Zhao.   It is about a family on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Johnny and his sister Jashuan live with their single mother on the reservation. When their absentee father dies, Johnny feels compelled to strike out for a new life in LA, but fears leaving his younger sister behind. The actors in this movie are not recognizable but they are very good. This movie tugged at my heart strings. I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5 hearts

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

“There are over 300 hours of videos downloaded to Youtube every minute.” Huh! KISS Radio trivia

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