Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning May 21, 2017
Quote to carry in your heart this week
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord” Psalm 66
May 21st is the 6th Sunday of Easter. “Do you ever feel alone? We all do at time, but in today’s gospel we are reminded that we are never truly alone. The Advocate, the Spirit of truth, has been given to us by God and is abiding with us, inclining our hearts to make the right choice about where to go, what path to take, what decision to make at any given moment. ‘Abide’ is one of the most beautiful words in Scripture. With the noise of the world surrounding us, and perhaps an agitated spirit (which is not of the Spirit) circulating in us, it is not always easy to hear this abiding Spirit of truth. God is with me, and I am in God; what can be more beautiful or life-affirming? How can we know this Spirit of truth? We need to ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to the deepest desire of our hearts, to show us where the Spirit dwells – and then the truth will be revealed. The Spirit of truth is not temporary or passing – it is a promise forever. In these times where a commitment for “forever” is rare, it is comforting to know that we can count on the Holy Spirit in this ever-changing, ever-challenging world. Let us give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.” Sister Nancy Sullivan, Sunday Missal 2016-2017, Living with Christ, page 370.
May 22nd is Victoria Day. “This Canadian national holiday is a remembrance of the birthday of the queen who ruled the longest of any British monarch. Queen Victoria’s reign lasted 60 years. Her subjects in Canada and other countries became so used to celebrating her birthday that they continued the custom even after she died. They began to use this day to tell about the deeds of British heroes. Victoria’s actual date of birth is May 24, 1819. In 1952, the celebration was moved to the Monday on or before that date. In Canada, the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II is also observed on Victoria Day, although her actual birth date is April 21st.” Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 69.
May 24th is the memorial of Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, Bishop. “Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau (1824-1901) was from a large Canadian farming family. A delicate child too frail for farm work, he was fortunately intelligent enough to be sent to be educated. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1846; unfortunately, his theological training was shortened by his ill health. In 1852, he became advisor to the bishops of Saint- Hyacinthe and administered the diocese when the bishops were absent. He earned a reputation for hard work and administrative efficiency and skill. While serving as parish priest, he became concerned about the financial condition of workers, and he established the Union Saint-Joseph, a society that provided protection from unexpected events such as unemployment, accidents, and premature death. In 1876, Louis was consecrated fourth bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe and administered the diocese for twenty-five years. During this time, he built a cathedral, founded two orders of sisters, and worked to support the priests of the dioceses spiritually and intellectually by instituting conferences and retreats for them. Bishop Moreau’s health began to fail around 1896, and he died in 1901. He was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1987.” Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 77. Blessed Louis-Zéphirin inspire us to work to eliminate the effects of poverty in the lives of those around us. Say a prayer for the people in Quebec who are experiencing flooding.
May 25th is the memorial of St. Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church. “The Venerable Bede (673-735), an English Benedictine monk, wrote The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, which was his most famous work. Unlike historians who came before him, he did careful research and cited his references.” Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 77. St. Bede guide us to do careful research and to cite our references. Make St. Bede the patron of your yearend projects or ISUs.
May 26th is the memorial of St. Philip Neri, Priest. St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) was an Italian priest and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory or Oratorians. Philip was known for his joyful spirit, believing that it is more Christian to be cheerful than melancholy. A well-known figure in the Eternal City, during his lifetime he was known as the “apostle of Rome.” Philip was ahead of his time in urging more frequent reception of Holy Communion, and he introduced the Forty Hours’ devotion with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He was apt to go into ecstasy when celebrating Eucharist, so he had to try to distract himself so he could finish the rites.” Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 78. St. Philip remind us often that we can accomplish more and live more joyfully when we use our sense of humour. Don’t take yourself too seriously today.
May 26th is also the first day of Ramadan begins at sundown. Pray for all observant Muslims this month.
Walking Forward Together with God ~ a quote for the week
Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise. Fr. Richard Rohr OFM
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.
Justice: We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to provide sufficient and stable funding to implement and evaluate community sanctions that will provide realistic alternatives to imprisonment for Aboriginal offenders and respond to the underlying causes of offending.
Our restorative justice and restorative practices have their roots in indigenous traditions:
“According to Howard Zehr, “Two peoples have made very specific and profound contributions to practices in the field – the First Nations peoples of Canada and the U.S., and the Maori of New Zealand…[I]n many ways, restorative justice represents a validation of values and practices that were characteristic of man indigenous groups,” whose traditions were “often discounted and repressed by western colonial powers”. For example, in New Zealand/Aotearoa, prior to European contact, the Maori had a well-developed system called Utu that protected individuals, social stability and the integrity of the group.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restorative_justice #History_of_the_term
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 2.2: Identify through the passages of Scripture the gifts received by those who came to recognize the presence of Christ and who sought out an encounter with Him (e.g. Matt 25:31-46; Luke 24:13-35). The Matthew 25 reading is the Judgment of the Nations (the division of the sheep and the goats). The Luke 24 reading is the Road to Emmaus. Read these passages to your class, one at a time then ask the students what gifts were received by those who came to recognize the presence of Christ. Matthew – eternal life, satisfaction that they recognized Christ in the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, imprisoned, they had lived as Jesus invited them to; Luke – understanding of the scriptures, the real presence of the Resurrected Christ, energy (they had just walked 11 km and they walked back to Jerusalem 22 km in one day)
Grade Five CL 3.3: Examine the Baptismal liturgy of the Easter Vigil and explain why the liturgy begins with the Litany of the Saints to which the names of those to be baptized are added, and why it is appropriate form of prayer to the saints. [CCC nos. 946-959; 1173]
The Baptismal Liturgy within the Easter Vigil has 14 parts:
- Litany of the Saints
- Blessing of Baptismal Water
- Renunciation of Sin
- Profession of Faith
- Anointing after Baptism
- Clothing with Baptismal garment
- Presentation of Lighted Candle from Paschal Candle
- Confirmation of Adults
- Laying on of Hands
- Anointing with Chrism
- Renewal of Baptismal Promises of those present in Congregation
- Prayer of the Faithful
The Baptismal liturgy begins with the Litany of the Saints to assist the newly baptized person(s) to know that they now join a Communion of Saints [all those who have ever belonged in the Church]. Their name is now added and the saints gather to welcome the person about to be baptized. The person about to be baptized can call on the intercession of those in this communion at any time > this is why it is an appropriate form of prayer to the saints. When we baptize babies we normally do not do this because they do not understand the words of the litany. They have their godparents to intercede for them until they are able to petition the saints to pray for them and their needs. (Through baptism we become members of the communion of Saints. When we pray to the saints, we’re simply asking them to help us, by praying to God on our behalf, or thanking them for having already done so.) Taken from the expectation in the Curriculum document.
Grade Six CL 2.2: Explain the significance and meaning of the “breaking of bread” for the early Church and its relationship to the concluding rite of Mass (being sent forth to serve and witness to Christ, e.g. work of ecclesial communities – St. Vincent de Paul society, Catholic Women’s League, Knights of Columbus; tithing, volunteer work). [CCC nos. 1396-1397]
“The unity of the Mystical Body: the Eucharist makes the Church. Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one body – the Church. Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism. In Baptism we have been called to form but one body. The Eucharist fulfills this call: “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” Explain to your class that one the night, that is Holy Thursday night, Jesus gathered the apostles to institute the Eucharist during his Last Supper with them. Before they ate, Jesus washed the feet of his apostles and invited them to be servant leaders. We are called to serve those around us as Jesus did. So the early Church continued this practice of washing of the feet by how they served as house-churches > they took care of widows and orphans, they shared in common what they had, they prayed together for one another. At the conclusion of Mass we are sent forth to serve and witness to Christ. We are called/invited to spread the Good News and to take care of the poor. So over time different serving groups began to form: St. Vincent de Paul society, other societies, more recently Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus. To support these good works, the church invites us to tithe: that is share up to 10% of our goods. These resources then can be redistributed. Some people serve as volunteers in ministries many and varied. This idea of outreach existed from the very beginning of the Church> much earlier than Me to We.
Twenty-first Century Learning
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=YKWZDGNX > Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Gets a Christian Makeover – Inspirational Videos 4.12 min. Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Shape of You’ has become a pop mega-hit. But the lyrics may leave some Christians wondering if this is the message we should be sending to the next generation. Beckah Shae decided to give this song a Christian makeover and when you hear the new lyrics you’ll be saying Amen! The Lord is where we should always turn to first.
- http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0F21EFNU&utm_source > Chris Tomlin Sings How Great Is Our God – World Edition – 6.16 Min
- http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2017/05/evangelization-deepest-identity/ Please read if you have questions about why we teach Religious education.
- www.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.
- www.Jesuits.ca/trh > New Jesuit website on Truth and Reconciliation
- www.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.
- www.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
“Leo IX (Pope) ~ Could you imagine a pope commanding an army? That’s what Leo did! He led an army against Norman invaders, and THEN he was captured and put into prison. Before that war, Leo had already earned a reputation as a busy and holy pope, traveling all over Western Europe, making necessary reforms in the Church, being a peacemaker between the emperor and the king, and ruling wisely and well. That’s why SOME fussed at Leo, saying he had other work to do, and a pope should not be a military commander leading an army! But at that time, there were many WARS against Christianity, and Leo must have felt he should defend the Church in All ways, against ALL enemies. In fact, an earlier Leo – Pope Leo IV who had been the pope two hundred years before THIS Leo – had built a WALL around St. Peter’s Cathedral and Vatican Hill, trying to protect the Church from military invasions. Throughout history, the Catholic Church as always had enemies. In earlier times, they attacked the Church with armies. Today, they often use words. Are you surprised to find out how many different KINDS of popes there have been? Do you know how MANY popes there have been since the first pope, St. Peter? There have been LOTS – including Linus, Sixtus, Hyginus, Telephorus, Urban, Zosimus, Simplicius, Agapitus, and many who DID NOT have such strange names! Why don’t you get a Catholic Almanac and look up ALL the popes and find out how many had funny names and how many didn’t!” pages 96
What’s Your Catholic IQ? Mary, Our Lady of Fatima by David O’Brien
- Mary appeared monthly for six months to three shepherd children in Fatima in 1917. T or F
- The town of Fatima is in ______________________. A. China B. Saudi Arabia C. Portugal D. New York City
- Mary’s main message to the children at Fatima was to not eat meat during Lent and to always do their homework. T F
- Mary told the children to pray for this country. A. Iran B. North Korea C. Canada D. Russia
- Fatima is also famous for the miracle of the dancing ______________________. A children B. sun C. animals D. bishops
What’s Your Catholic IQ? Mary, Our Lady of Fatima by David O’Brien
- _________________________, Francisco, and Jacinta were the three children to whom Mary appeared. A. Clare B. Maria C. Ivanka D. Lucia
- Brother and sister, Francisco and Jacinta, died from _________________________ a few years after Mary appeared to them. A. smoking B. cancer C. the flu D. a car accident
- Lucia, who was Francisco and Jacinta’s cousin, became a ________________________ nun. A. Carmelite B. Notre Dame C. Benedictine D. Poor Clare
- Our Lady of Fatima is also known as Our Lady of the ________________________. A. Rosary B. Church C. Holy Child D. Miraculous Medal
- St. John Paul II claimed that Our Lady of Fatima saved his life when he was shot by an assassin in 1981. T or F
Taking Jesus to the Movies …a blog by Pat Carter csj
Guardian of the Galaxies Vol. 2 – This movie is as silly as the first. I really enjoy the characters, especially Groot Jr. I did not know as many of the tunes that were part of the soundtrack as in the first movie. I bought the Cd for the first movie. The special effects are quite good as space movies go. It really is a movie for adults, I say this because of mine brought her three nephews, their experience of the movie > the eldest laughed at the adult joke, the middle one (Grade 6) was sad at the end, and the youngest didn’t really get it. I give this movie ♥♥♥.5/5 hearts.
A NEW YEAR addition to CCU – A Blog for Eclectic Readers – by Pat Carter csj
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules – a novel written by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. I laughed and I smiled a lot while I read this book. It is one of the funniest books I have read. This little old lady and four of her choir friends who live in a retirement home decide to commit a crime in order that they can go to jail where they will be treated better. They start off with a little crime that doesn’t go quite the way they had hoped. I would totally recommend this book to just about anyone. It is a light-hearted read. I find found that authors from other parts of the world have different expressions that are fresh and unique which makes the reading entertaining. I give this book ☺☺☺☺☺/5 happy faces
Trivia for Those Who Read to the end…Just like the credits at the movies.
“The [Easter] rabbit is an ancient symbol of fertility.” Huh!! https://icebreakerideas.com/easter-trivia/