Catholic Culture Update November 6th

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“The Lord is my shepherd.” Ps 23

November 6th is the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary time. “The Sadducees rejected resurrection because it was not in the Pentateuch, the only books they considered Scripture. They tried to discredit Jesus through a Leviticus law requiring that if a man died without children, his brother would marry the widow and their first son would be considered the dead man’s son. But what if the second brother died childless, and a third, up to a seventh brother? Which of the seven would be her husband when they rose from the dead? Surely the idea of resurrection was problematic. But Jesus rejected their premise. Resurrected life was not the same as our pre-resurrection life. The resurrection transforms us into a different state of being, where things like marriage no longer occur. Jesus also addressed their view that resurrection was not in the Torah. In Exodus, God spoke to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all of whom were long dead by Moses’ time. But God is the God of the living, so those three must still be alive in some way. Jesus himself is the basis for our own resurrection. He lived a human life like each of us and, just as we will, he died. But he rose from the dead three days later. This is the central mystery we celebrate in the Eucharist, and our hope for the future.” John L. McLaughlin, Sunday Missal 2015-2016, Living with Christ, page 586.

Month of the Holy Souls – “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” observes the writer of Maccabees in the Old Testament (2 Maccabees 12:45-46; quoted in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 958). Intercession on behalf of those who have died is a cherished tenet of our Catholic faith, springing from our belief in the resurrection of the body and the communion of saints. “Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayer and intercession” (Order of Christian Funerals, 6). Trusting in God’s mercy, we continue to pray for them, knowing that this spiritual bond with our brothers and sisters who have died can never be broken. In the month of November, when we celebrate All Souls, we pray in a special way for those who have died – those who are known to us, and those who are unknown.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 136

November 10th is the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. “As pope and Doctor of the Church, St. Leo the Great (+ 461) strongly supported the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon, especially on the humanity and divinity of Christ. He advocated papal authority by moving from the traditional approach that the pope is a successor to St. Peter’s chair to the pope as St. Peter’s heir. Under his leadership, uniformity of pastoral practice was encouraged, liturgical and clerical abuses were corrected, and priests were sent on a mission to extinguish Priscillianism, a heresy that claimed the human body was evil. St. Leo is recognized as a “protector of the people” because he persuaded Atilla the Hun to not invade the city of Rome and later prevented the Vandals (East Germans invaders) from torching the city of Rome and massacring its people.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, pages 139-140   Help us, St. Leo, to treat our bodies well with enough sleep, exercise and food. Exercise today in St. Leo’s honour.

November 11th is the memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop. “St. Martin of Tours (c. 316-397) was forced by his father, a pagan officer in the Roman army, to join the military. While serving in the military he encountered a beggar freezing in the cold. Martin cut his own cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. Following this encounter he had a vision of Christ wrapped in the cloak. As a result of this experience, St. Martin chose to be baptized and declared himself a soldier of peace for Christ, refusing to participate in any act of violence. He took up the life of a monk, but made numerous trips to visit his people and found new monasteries. The people of Gaul became Christian due to his example.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 140   By your example St. Martin, may we be inspired to ensure everyone around us is dry and warm in this autumn weather. Let us hope that tomorrow’s Coats and Boots for kids campaign provides what every family in attendance needs.

November 11th is also Remembrance Day. “In the early years of the twentieth century, a war called the Great War involved most of the countries of the earth. Millions died as a result of new and terrible weapons. Everyone hoped that it was the “war to end all wars.” A very special time was chosen as the hour when the guns would be stilled and peace declared: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Bu this choice, the signers of the peace treaty suggested that humankind had waited until it was nearly too late. The war would come to be known as the First World War. The day chosen for the beginning of peace was special for another reason. It was the memorial of St. Martin of Tours. Martin had been a soldier in the army until he laid down his weapons. His feast day, Martinmas, was a celebration of peace. That day had also been a thanksgiving festival in Europe since the Middle Ages. Now there was even more reason to be thankful. In Canada, Armistice Day became known as Remembrance Day after the Second World War. It became a time to honour those who died in both conflicts. In the United States, this day is now called Veterans Day. All Americans who have fought in wars during this century – those who survived as well as those who died – are honoured.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 140 Loving God bless all those people who have died in war offering the ultimate gift of themselves. Live with gratitude today!

Holy Year of Mercy ~ until November 20th, 2016

“I have so often seen in my own life God’s merciful countenance and his patience in action. I have also seen so many people who have the courage to enter the wounds of Jesus by saying to him, “Lord, I am here, accept my poverty, hide my sin in your wounds and wash it away in your blood.” And I always see that God does just this: He welcomes, consoles, cleanses and loves everyone coming to him.” A Year with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections from his writings, edited by Alberto Rossa, CMF, page 221

Walking Forward Together with God ~ a quote for the week

I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth.” 2 Jn.1.4

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 provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education.

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 Three – PR 2.1: Using a variety of strategies (art, symbols, drama and gestures, planning and participation in communal prayer, etc.) to express the importance of sacred space for prayer and liturgy (shrine, places of pilgrimage, monasteries, prayer centre in school or home and especially the church which is the privileged place for celebration liturgy and Eucharist); and the meaning of some of the traditional and liturgical prayers of the Church (e.g. Hail Mary; the Our Father; the Prayer of St. Francis; the Act of Contrition; Glory Be; Holy, Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; Lamb of God; Apostles’ Creed). [CCC nos. 2683-2696]

Prior to attend Mass at the Church where your school attends, prepare your class to look for the symbols and art forms they will see. I have a handout that I can send you, a checklist that the students can use to look for particular parts of the sacred space – just email me. Have the students bring their journals and while they are waiting for the whole school to assemble, they can draw or write the symbols and the objects that they see in the Church. Usually the Stations of the Cross are artistically presented. There will be a Crucifix at the front of the Church ( Cross with a corpus of Jesus on it.) Invite your students to look for the altar, the Presider’s Chair, ambo (lectern), tabernacle, credence table (where chalice and cruets and cloths are held before being brought to the altar.) Ask the students to look for any symbols they don’t see outside of the Church. They will probably see the chi-rho (a symbols that holds a long stemmed P with an X through the stem) – this represents Christ – “a monogram of chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ) as the first two letters of Greek Khristos Christ, used as a Christian symbol.” There may be fish symbols. It is good to express the importance of sacred space for prayer and liturgy. A gym is set up for the purpose of play and practice. An art room is set up to do art. A church or chapel is set up for the purpose of prayer and celebration. Do a google search for St. Joseph’s Oratory to see a different type of sacred space. Search monasteries, shrines – St. Anne de Beaupre, the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland. Search places of pilgrimage –Rome, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi, Santiago de Compostelo, etc. All these visuals will help the students understand that the faith is universal and international. For the meaning of the traditional prayers – if there is a particular prayer that you need assistance with, please email me.

Twenty-first Century Learning

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

Gregory the Great –You know about rock music and rap music and maybe even elevator music – but did you ever hear of Gregorian chant? Well, that was a beautiful chant once sung in church, and it was named after this saint – although he probably didn’t have anything to do with music, since he was very busy with other matters. In fact, he did so many OTHER things that ha became known as Gregory the GREAT! At one time Gregory was the richest man in Rome. Then he decided to give all his money to the Church and became a monk. He wanted to live a quiet life, but he was known to be so talented that he kept getting named to prestigious positions and finally became pope. Gregory had a fine sense of justice and treated all with charity and humility. He had to battle many enemies of the Church but was never too busy to care about the individuals. One of the last things he did before he died was to send a warm cloak to a poor friend who has suffering from the cold. Gregory was the first pope to call himself “Servant of the servants of God.” Do you know anyone who is so smart or good or wise or successful that you could call him or her “The Great”? Think about that today – and then think what YOU might like to do someday so that people could call YOU “The Great!”” page 68-69

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

  1. “Lamb of God, who takes away the _____ of the world, have mercy on us.”  A. goats B. money C. toys   D. sins
  1. God wants every child to have the chance to go to school and use their brains and talents. T or F
  1. Bishops dress in red robes with red hats. What colour does the Pope wear?   A. purple B. white    C. red      D. green
  1. God guides us by using our _____ to help us recognize what is good and what is bad? A. conscience      B. wifi     C. ipad       D. email
  1. The devil and evil spirits are fake and exist only in movies. T or F

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

  1. There are _____ sacraments in the Catholic Church.  A. 3      B. 7       C. 100   D. a lot of
  2. The Bible never mentions any of the sacraments. T or F
  1. How many times are Catholics baptized?    A. weekly B.. once as a baby and once before dying    C. every Easter D. one time
  1. Like baptism, the sacrament of _____ is non-repeatable.    A. confirmation B. Eucharist C. reconciliation   D. anointing of the sick
  1. Which sacrament do Catholics receive the most in their lives?    A. reconciliation B. matrimony C. Eucharist   D. ordination

Taking Jesus to the Movies …A blog by Pat Carter

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – This movie is in theatres now. I was a bit leery of the movie when I heard that Tim Burton was the director, as I have not always been a fan of his work. I read the novel before I went to see the movie which was a good thing because there are several significant changes with the original storyline. The characters are well illustrated. Some of the themes of the story: protection of those who are vulnerable, acceptance of those different from us, suspending disbelief in matters (monsters) we do not fully understand, and creative use of unusual talents. I give this movie ♥♥♥♥/5 hearts

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

“Owls are far-sighted, meaning that anything within a few inches of their eyes can’t be seen properly.” Huh!

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