Catholic Culture Update February 19

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning February 19, 2017

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“O Lord, I trust in your merciful love.” Psalm 12.6

February 19th is the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “I have never really been put to the test when it comes to the set of expectations that Jesus places before us in today’s gospel. I really don’t know what I would do in the heat of the moment, if someone struck my cheek or demanded my coat. I do know that my instinctive responses seldom follow the path of the “WWJD – what would Jesus do?” movement. I think Jesus knew we would have a problem with this set of instructions. So instead of beating myself up about where my instincts lead me, I look to see if Jesus had some additional message that he hid among all those expectations? As I look more deeply I find a message about our “heavenly Father.” I see that Jesus has actually painted for us a picture of the rich merciful love that God showers on us every day. All these extravagant behaviours are modelled on the extravagant behaviour of God toward us. The extravagance of God is precisely why we gather today and every Sunday: to celebrate God’s abundant love revealed to us in our very own lives. God’s style of love is a hard act to follow, but nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, we take up the challenge to show God’s love to those who most need to experience it.” Margaret Bick, Sunday Missal 2016-2017, Living with Christ, page 162.

February 20th is World Day of Social Justice. “Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work. The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. The theme for this year is A New Vision for the Economy. The world has changed dramatically. We no longer live in a world relatively empty of humans and their artifacts. We now live in the “Anthropocene era” in a full world where humans are dramatically altering their ecological life-support systems. Our traditional economic concepts and models were developed in an empty world. If we are to create sustainable prosperity, if we seek “improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risk and ecological scarcities,” we are going to need a new vision of the economy and its relationship to the rest of the world that’s better adapted to the new conditions we face. We are going to need an economics that respects planetary boundaries, that recontinues the dependence of human well-being on social relations and fairness, and that recognizes that the ultimate goal is real, sustainable human well-being , not merely growth of material consumption.

The new economics recognizes that the economy is embedded in a society and culture that are themselves embedded in an ecological life-support system, and that the economy can’t grow forever on this finite planet.

Here are some Guidelines for a Just Transition that are offered on the UN’s website.” http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/

February 20th is also Family Day. “Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.” https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/family-day

Image result for chair of st peterFebruary 22nd is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. “On February 22, we observe the unique Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. St. Peter’s chair is an ancient wooden chair that has been venerated at St. Peter’s Basilica for well over a thousand years. This relic is enclosed in a magnificent bronze sculpture by Bernini, which shows a chair surmounted by a stained-glass window of the Holy Spirit, and surrounded by a glory of sunbursts, clouds, angels, and enormous figures of the Doctors of the Church. Why is this chair so important? Because in our Catholic tradition, chairs are one of our primary symbols of teaching authority. Even bishop has a chair, a “cathedra,” the symbol of his authority, so important to the life of the local Church that a special church is built to house it – the cathedral. The Chair of Peter is, then, a symbol of the teaching authority of the Bishop of Rome, the pope, who is the successor of St. Peter. This is a day to pray for our Holy Father [Francis] and to give thanks for the gift of our Catholic faith.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 50 St. Peter, encourage us to listen attentively to the words of St. Francis, our teacher! Look up on Google what the Chair of St. Peter looks like.

February 22nd is also Pink T-shirt Day!

Image result for St. PolycarpFebruary 23rd is the memorial of St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr. “St. Polycarp (c.69-155) was the bishop of Smyrna in the second century. With Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, he is an apostolic father, one who was converted by the Apostles. St. Irenaeus was taught by him as a young man and records that Polycarp had been a disciple of John the Apostle; Tertullian wrote this as well. The letter sent by the Christians of Smyrna after his death is a genuine, eyewitness account of an early martyrdom. For refusing to burn incense to the Roman Emperor, Polycarp, in spite of his great age – he may have been eighty-six at the time – was condemned to death. He was sentenced to be burned at the stake, but “the fire, making the appearance of a vault, like the sail of a vessel filled by the wind, made a wall round about the body of the martyr; and it was there in the midst, not like flesh burning, but like [a loaf in the oven or like] gold and silver refined in a furnace” (Martyrdom of Polycarp 15:2). He was subsequently killed by beheading. Polycarp is one of the earliest Christians whose writings we still have.” Companion to the Calendar – A guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, Second Edition, page 50 St. Polycarp inspire us with deep faith. Calculate what the year will be when you are 86 years old.

Walking Forward Together with Creation ~ a quote for the week

Instead of fighting and hating the snow, our spirits may be better off seeing its beauty around us. Sister Pat Carter

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.

HEALTH

  1. In order to address the jurisdictional disputes concerning Aboriginal people who do not reside on reserves, we call upon the federal government to recognize, respect, and address the distinct health needs of the Métis, Inuit, and off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.

If you haven’t already watch the Youtube about Jordan’s Principle…it will help you to understand this Call to Action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTl5UsJLXGY

New Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education

Celebrating ~ Hope Expectations for Junior Classes

By the end of grade 6, it is our hope that students will be individuals who:

  • Cherish and participate in the sacramental life of the Church as the gift of God’s presence in our lives to nourish, restore, guide and form us as children of God;
  • Honour and respect the sacred bread and wine of the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ;
  • Seek to understand the multi-fold meaning of the biblical narratives, symbols and ritual actions associated with the five seasons of the Liturgical year.

Grade Four CL 1.3: Link the Sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation to the seasons of the liturgical calendar (Advent, Lent, and Easter) and identify in the symbols of the sacraments and the seasons, signs of God’s presence (e.g. “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”). [CCC nos. 1420-1470]

Sacraments Liturgical Seasons Symbols Signs of God’s presence
Reconciliation

Baptism

Advent – This can be a time when children prepare to make their first confession. There is usually a time set aside for individual confessions for believers.

Advent is a season when baptisms can take place in preparation for Christmas.

Laying on of hands

Stole on the priest

Proclamation of forgiveness by penitent

Water, light, white garment, oil, touch with the sign of the cross

Words of Absolution – God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of your son, you have reconciled the world to yourself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the church, may God grant you pardon and peace. And I absolve you of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

Reconciliation Lent — This can be a time when children prepare to make their first confession. There is usually a time set aside for individual confessions for believers. Laying on of hands

Stole on the priest

Proclamation of forgiveness by penitent

God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of your son, you have reconciled the world to yourself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the church, may God grant you pardon and peace. And I absolve you of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+
Baptism/Eucharist/

Confirmation

Easter – Baptized children are usually prepared for first Eucharist during the season of Easter. Water, light, white garment, oil, touch with the sign of the cross, Laying on of hands, bread & wine I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

Do this in memory of me.+ Body of Christ…Amen+ Blood of Christ…Amen+

Be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism/ Confirmation can also take place during Ordinary Time.   Invite students to find out when they were baptized. You will probably be able to tell what liturgical season they were baptized in (Advent is always in December; Easter is usually in the months of late March, April or early May.) Set up the symbols and ask the students to match the symbols with the sacraments. For the stole you can use a scarf and show the students how it would be worn by a priest hanging down in front of him equally on both sides. If students have received the sacrament of first reconciliation: ask them, what happens in the sacrament [my sins are forgiveness – is what you get hopefully.] Share with the students the words of Absolution above so they hear them and the grace that they offer.

You may want to use some flat bread and grape juice to re-enact the last supper (especially on Holy Thursday) to help students, especially those who do not attend Mass regularly, to understand what is happening during the Eucharist. Using baby oil (if students have no allergies) show them how oil is used during baptism and confirmation to seal believers with God’s presence. BE SURE that students are clear that if they have these experiences, they are lessons and not the real sacrament.

Grade Five CL 2.2: Identify the elements of the liturgy of Mass that make Christ’s presence visible through signs, words and the action of the Holy Spirit. [CCC nos. 1348-1355] – This lesson can be taught to your students. It is good for them to understand that THEY are a member of the body of Christ.

  1. The Assembly: Christ’s presence is visible when the Baptized are assembled for the Mass. In our baptism, we become a member of the body of Christ so when we gather, we make Christ’s presence visible. The Holy Spirit lives within each of us and helps us to make Christ’s present.
  2. The Liturgy of the Word: God inspired the Word that has become the Bible. This Word has power and brings Christ’s presence into our lives. During the Liturgy of the Word different parts of the Scriptures are proclaimed so that the assembly can listen and live into the reality of the Word’s meaning. The Holy Spirit’s action can move us to clarity about the connection between the Word of God and our lives. We can be inspired to live our lives and Gospel love more authentically.
  3. During the Eucharistic prayer: the words of Eucharistic prayer change ordinary bread and wine into Jesus’ body and blood. This transubstantiation takes place through the action of the Holy Spirit. We give thanks to God and we consume Jesus to become more fully what we eat.
  4. The Priesthood: The presider of the Eucharist prays the words of the consecration and helps to make Christ’s presence visible. Jesus was a man. Our priest is a man. The possible sinfulness of the man does not get in the way of the Holy Spirit’s capacity to consecrate the bread and wine.

Grade Six CL 1.2: Identify in each of the three Rites of Holy Orders i.e. Bishop, Priest, and Deacon – who can receive and celebrate the sacrament; the rituals, blessings and prayers, signs and symbols that signify and convey the grace and meaning of these sacraments; the effects of the sacrament; and link the ordained priesthood to the baptismal priesthood of the laity. [CCC nos. 1554-1589] – Part 2 of this expectation (Part 1 was in CCU 20) There will be a Part 3 for the last part of the expectation.

Prayers of Consecration for Bishop; Signs and Symbols that Signify and convey the grace and meaning of the bishop’s role:

Next the principal consecrator, with his hands extended over the bishop-elect, sings the prayer of consecration or says it aloud:

“God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies and God of all consolation, you dwell in heaven, yet look with compassion on all that is humble.  You know all things before they came to be; by your gracious word you have established the plan of your Church.

“From the beginning you chose the descendants of Abraham to be your holy nation.  You established rulers and priests, and did not leave your sanctuary without ministers to serve you.  From the creation of the world you have been pleased to be glorified by those whom you have chosen.

The following part of the prayer is recited by all the consecrating bishops, with hands joined:

“So now pour out upon this chosen one the power that is from you, the governing Spirit whom you gave to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Spirit given by him to his holy apostles, who founded the Church in every place to be your temple for the unceasing glory and praise of your name.

Then the principal consecrator continues alone.

“Father, you know all hearts.  You have chosen your servant for the office of bishop.  May he be a shepherd to your holy flock, and a high priest blameless in your sight, ministering to you night and day; may he always gain the blessing of your favor and offer the gifts of your holy Church.  Through the Spirit who gives the grace of high priesthood grant him the power to forgive sins as you have commanded, to assign ministries as you have decreed, and to loose every bond by the authority which you gave to your apostles.  May he be pleasing to you by his gentleness and purity of heart, presenting a fragrant offering to you, through Jesus Christ, your Son, through whom glory and power and honor are yours with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, now and for ever.  R.  Amen. You can have your students watch a youtube presentation of the consecration of a bishop at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vruAFs9mxo The Students will see the laying on of hands and they will hear these prayers above. They will see the bishops anointed with Chrism, and receive the Word of God, a ring, mitre and crozier. You may only want to watch the first bishop but if someone misses it, there are two bishops ordained.

Prayers of Consecration for Priest; Signs and Symbols that Signify and convey the grace and meaning of the priest’s role:

The candidate kneels before the bishop.  With his hands extended over the candidate, he sings the prayer of consecration or says it aloud.

“Come to our help, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God; you are the source of every honor and dignity, of all progress and stability.  You watch over the growing family of man by your gift of wisdom and your pattern of order.  When you had appointed high priests to rule your people, you chose other men next to them in rank and dignity to be with them and to help them in their task; and so there grew up the ranks of priests and the offices of Levites, established by sacred rites.

“In the desert you extended the spirit of Moses to seventy wise men who helped him to rule the great company of his people.  You shared among the sons of Aaron the fullness of their father’s power, to provide worthy priests in sufficient number for the increasing rites of sacrifice and worship.  With the same loving care you gave companions to your Son’s apostles to help in teaching the faith: they preached the gospel to the whole world.

“Lord, grant also to us such fellow workers, for we are weak and our need is greater.

“Almighty Father, grant to this servant of yours the dignity of the priesthood.  Renew within him the Spirit of holiness.  As a co-worker with the order of bishops may he be faithful to the ministry that he receives from you, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct.  May he be faithful in working with the order of bishops, so that the words of the Gospel may reach the ends of the earth, and the family of nations, made one in Christ, may become God’s one, holy people.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   R.  Amen.” You can have your students watch a youtube presentation of the consecration of a priest at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u87iWVtaSWc . A comparison of the ordination of bishop and priest is given. Or watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcDpfFOy1CU .

Prayers of Consecration for Deacon; Signs and Symbols that Signify and convey the grace and meaning of the deacon’s role:

The candidate kneels before the bishop.  With his hands extended over the candidate, he sings the prayer of consecration or says it aloud.

“Almighty God, be present with us by your power.  You are the source of all honour, you assign to each his rank, you give to each his ministry.  You remain unchanged, but you watch over all creation and make it new through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord: he is your Word, you power, and your wisdom.  You foresee all things in your eternal providence and make due provision for every age.  You make the Church, Christ’s body, grow to its full stature as a new and greater temple.  You enrich it with every kind of grace and perfect it with a diversity of members to serve the whole body in a wonderful pattern of unity.

“You established a threefold ministry of worship and service for the glory of your name.  As ministers of your tabernacle you chose the sons of Levi and gave your blessing as their everlasting inheritance.  In the first days of your Church under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the apostles of your Son appointed seven men of good repute to assist them in the daily ministry, so that they themselves might be more free for prayer and preaching.  By prayer and the laying on of hands the apostles entrusted to those chosen men the ministry of serving at tables.

“Lord, look with favor on this servant of yours, whom we now dedicate to the office of deacon, to minister at your holy altar.

“Lord, send forth upon him the Holy Spirit, that he may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace to carry out faithfully the work of the ministry.  May he excel in every virtue: in love that is sincere, in concern for the sick and the poor, in unassuming authority, in self-discipline, and in holiness of life.  May his conduct exemplify your commandments and lead your people to imitate his purity of life.  May he remain strong and steadfast in Christ, giving to the world the witness of a pure conscience.  May he in this life imitate your Son, who came, not to be served by to serve, and one day reign with him in heaven.

“We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  R.  Amen.” You can have your students watch a youtube presentation of the consecration of a deacon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHK0EkG7m9A. This is for a transitional deacon on his way to priesthood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9WDqpjD540 This is for a permanent deacon.

If your students watch all three ordinations, they will see the connection between the ceremonies and rituals.

Twenty-first Century Learning

  • http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=Y7ZGD7NX&utm_source > God Alone Gives Us Peace (Inspirational video) – 2.25 mins. It is a great reminder that we don’t do anything alone.
  • http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=1FJMBCNU&utm_source > TobyMac Turns It Over To God in “Steal My Show” Christian Music Video – Watch as TobyMac gives a heartfelt explanation at the open of this live performance where he describes the true meaning of this song. It’s not only for performers, but “about anybody that’s willing to give their life for something bigger than themselves”. Each night, he calls God to take the reins and “steal my show”. A good lesson, indeed! 5.11 mins.
  • kairoscanada.org > social justice organization that works with many Christian churches to do the work of justice in Canada
  • devp.org/en > Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Become a member of D&P this year for free. It is their 50th anniversary as Canada’s Catholic Justice voice. Add your voice to theirs.
  • https://www.cwl.ca > Catholic Women’s League > does much justice work locally and nationally
  • Jesuits.ca/trh > New Jesuit website on Truth and Reconciliation
  • http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ > A website that explores the science of a meaningful life
  • wccm-canada.ca/ > World Community for Christian Meditation – Canada part of the site > This is a site for Christian Meditation for teachers and students alike.
  • CARFLEO.org > best kept secret for religious education teachers of every grade

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

“Joan of Arc ~ Did you know some people called this saint a WITCH? And do you know why? Well, Joan was always a very prayerful, pious young girl, but when she was a teenager, she began to hear “voices.” The voices told her that God wanted her to go to the commander of the French army and tell him that the French forces were going to suffer a serious defeat. The commander laughed at her and said her father should give her a good spanking! Joan went back home, but she kept hearing the voices telling her that God wanted HER to LEAD the army. She said she was just a poor girl and couldn’t even ride a horse, much less fight with an army. But the voices persisted. Finally, she went back to see the commander again. This time he listened to her BECAUSE the French HAD been defeated just as Joan had predicted. Joan was sent to see Charles, whose father had been king of France but whose coronation had been postponed because of the war. Charles tried to trick Joan by wearing a disguise, but she was able to recognize him immediately and gave him a secret signal, which convinced him of her sincerity. His advisers, however, thought she was either crazy or some kind of spy. They subjected Joan to THREE WEEKS of questioning before they decided she could be trusted. Joan was outfitted with a suit of white armor, and a special flag was made with the words “Jesus and Mary” on it. Then she rode off to lead an army into battle and free the city of Orleans from the British. Joan was successful in several battles and regained enough French territory so that Charles could be crowned king – with Joan standing at his side. In a later battle though, Joan was captured by the enemy, put in prison, accused of being a “witch,” and burned at the stake! Because of her bravery and holiness, this young girl became known as the Maid of Orleans and SAINT Joan of Arc. Probably the only “witches” you will ever meet are the ones you see at Hallowe’en! But you COULD meet some “saints.” In fact, you may have already met some! Think about it. Do you know any saints? Do you know any people who are brave and holy? Do you know any people who pray a lot and love God a lot and are not AFRAID to say that God is their friend? Well, maybe you DO know some saints. And maybe you could try to be more saintly yourself!”pages 83-84

What’s your Catholic IQ? A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment by David O’Brien from page 40

Sacraments 101

  1. When a baby is baptized, the ______________________ speak for the child until they can profess their faith for themselves at the sacrament of confirmation.   A. priest B. grandparents C. altar servers      D. parents
  1. In the sacrament of matrimony, the couple vows to be open to ______________________. A. wedding presents B. having children C. moving to a better job     D. volunteering in parish
  1. Jesus’ first miracle was the Wedding at _______________________ (John 2:1-12).   A. Cana B. Jerusalem C. Bethlehem D. Nazareth
  1. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles like tongues of ________________________ (Acts 2:1-13). A. doves   B. cows C. incense D. fire
  1. Only mortal sins should be confessed to a priest. T or F

What’s your Catholic IQ? A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment by David O’Brien from page 40

Test Your Catechism Knowledge

  1. Which book contains an official summary of all Catholic teachings?     A. the Bible B. the Catechism of the Catholic Church C. the Gospel         D. the Catholic Encyclopedia
  1. The Pope wrote the Catechism. T or F
  1. The word catechesis, in Greek, means __________________________?     A. Sunday school B. to give tests C. to teach             D. to echo
  1. The Catechism is called “universal” because it was written for _______________________.    A. the universal Church B. people who like Star Wars C. people who study planets                D. aliens
  1. The head catechist in a parish is the _______________________.   A. high school principal B. Grade 2 math teacher C. pastor   D. Pope

 Taking Jesus to the Movies …A blog by Pat Carter csj

Hidden Figures – This movie was released in this year and has been nominated for some awards. It tells the true story of three African-American female mathematicians who assisted NASA with getting astronauts into space. There were many special moments in the story but my favourite quote is “I believe that you believe that!” Octavia Spencer plays the role of one of the women and the other two women are not as well known (Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe). Other known actors in the film are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5 hearts. I saw it two days in a row. It is really that good!

A NEW YEAR addition to CCU – A Blog for Eclectic Readers – by Pat Carter csj

Grief Handbook: Healing Words and Exercises to Guide You Through the Pain of Loss by Dr. Pierre & Amanda Dalcourt – This is a book about handling and dealing with grief. It moves from the experiences of Shock and Depression to Recovery & Acceptance. There are quotes dealing with these three movements and exercises are suggested to help you to move to acceptance. It is an easy read. The book only has 125 pages. It is available for signing out from the Media Resource Centre, Kit C-124 Book # 15.   I give this book ☺☺☺/5 smiles.

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

“Did you know that there are 18 holes in a full round of golf?” Huh!! http://trivia.fyi/

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  1. ?As always, thank you, thank you and thank you!

    Happy Family Day!

    Peace, Joy and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Academy, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.” ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response***

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