Catholic Culture Update June 11

Catholic Culture Update for the week beginning June 11th, 2017

Quote to carry in your heart this week

“Glory and praise forever!” Daniel 3

Image result for trinity sundayJune 11th is the Trinity Sunday “I smile when Trinity reflections begin with how hard it is to explain the Trinity and then try to do just that. I promise not to do that… well, maybe just a little bit. I see today’s readings being about my relationship with others, with God and in my own self. For me, this feast is about healthy relationships. Relationships that God sees as healthy are not always what I recognize as healthy. God is in the cloud of my unknowing, merciful and gracious. God is in my moments of love and peace, in right relationship. And yes, God’s promise to us of eternal life is made real in the clouds and the relationships. How will I remember in moments of doubt and unknowing, and moments of peace and right relationship, that God is present? How do I draw my inner source of self from the core – from God – and reach out to those around me? Daily prayer, including the Eucharist, community and outreach are elements that help me to remember, and to re-direct my focus on relationships with those around me. I trust I am not alone on my spiritual journey, and maybe my journey may help others on theirs. This week, may the moments that challenge and the ones that console help us recognize God in our midst. That could be the hardest part of all.” Sister Susan Kidd, CND, Sunday Missal 2016-2017, Living with Christ, page 394.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, observed on the Sunday after the Solemnity of Pentecost, dates to the seventh century; it has been on the Church’s universal calendar for nearly 700 years. “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life,” the Catechism tells us. “It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 234). As Christians, we believe in one God, in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through the centuries, saints and artists have helped us to understand the Holy Trinity through images and comparisons. St. Patrick is said to have explained the Trinity to the people of Ireland by showing them a shamrock, with its three leaves on one stem. St. Ignatius Loyola compared the Trinity to a chord played on an instrument: three distinct notes forming one sound. The early iconographers of the Church in the East depicted the Trinity with imagery from the Old Testament story of Abraham’s angelic visitors. A familiar symbol of the Trinity is a triangle with rays radiating from it, and in the middle of the triangle an open eye, representing the all-seeing Providence of God. On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the liturgy provides additional images to help us ponder this great mystery of our faith. The Trinity is relationship: “The Father is Love, the Son is grace, the Holy Spirit is their bond of fellowship; O blessed Trinity.” The Trinity is God’s truth: “The Father utters the Truth, the Son is the Truth he utters, and the Holy Spirit is Truth; O blessed Trinity” (Antiphons for the Office of Readings, Volume III, p. 581). Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 23-24.

Image result for st anthonyJune 13th is the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. “St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), a member of a noble Portuguese family, joined the Canons Regular of St. Augustine at a young age, but later joined the Franciscans to engage in missionary work. Although his missionary dreams were halted due to illness, he received public acclaim for his preaching style, which lead to the conversion of many from heresy, earning him the title “the Hammer of the Heretics.” He had the privilege of meeting St. Francis in person and was later elected provincial of Northern Italy. His writing is extensive, especially in the area of sermons; therefore, he was named Doctor of the Church. People invoke his name when trying to find lost items. This comes from the story in the saint’s biography when a young novice took Anthony’s Psalter, but returned it in a hurry when the angry saint appeared to him in a vision!” Companion to the Calendar – A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year, page 82 Anthony, Anthony come around, something’s lost that can’t be found. Invoke Anthony’s name to find lost items.

Image result for World Day to Combat Desertification and DroughtJune 17th is also World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. “[It] has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. In 1994, the UN General Assembly declared (GeneralAssemblyResolutionA/RES/49/115) June 17 the “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa. Ever since, country Parties to the Convention, organizations of the United Nations System, international and non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders have celebrated this particular day with a series of outreach activities worldwide. The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels. Country Parties and civil society organizations are invited to organize events to celebrate the World Day to Combat Desertification as an additional opportunity to increase awareness raising and participation in the process.”

Staff Self-Care Tip of the Week – How to Handle a Toxic Relationship

“When a relationship is causing you stress and suffering, follow these five steps to find more peace.”

Walking Forward Together with Creation ~ a quote for the week

Image result for Beauty surrounds us; but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.

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 governments of Canada, the provinces, and territories to undertake reforms to the criminal justice system to better address the needs of offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), including:
    1. Providing increased community resources and powers for courts to ensure that FASD is properly diagnosed, and that appropriate community supports are in place for those with FASD.
    2. Enacting statutory exemptions from mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment for offenders affected by FASD.
    3. Providing community, correctional, and parole resources to maximize the ability of people with FASD to live in the community.
    4. Adopting appropriate evaluation mechanisms to measure the effectiveness of such programs and ensure community safety.

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 2.3: Identify certain gifts coming from God which, when we experience them in our lives, transform us and those who are in relationship with us (wonders of nature, the beauty of the arts, the laughter of a baby, the love of a parent or guardian). All gifts come from God if we know how to acknowledge that reality. One way to recognize the giver of the gift is God, is if the gift gives us joy. I would put together a powerpoint presentation of some of the above to invite the students to respond after viewing it, what brings you joy. There are so many short video clips on Facebook of animals, babies laughing, scenes of natural beauty. I believe these are posted because they bring joy to the users of Facebook. You could ask your students to create posters for the hallways of some of these gifts to spread a spirit of joy in the school community.

Grade Six CL 2.3: Describe the actions and words of the Institution Narrative (Consecration) and explain the significance of this within the Mass in relationship to John’s Gospel and the Washing of the Feet.  

Actions of the Institution Narrative Words of the Institution Narrative Significance within the Mass in relationship to John’s Gospel Significance within the Mass in relationship to the Washing of the Feet
Priest takes bread and raises it up Priest says “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my Body which will be given up for you.” John’s Gospel is different than the Synoptic gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke.   They have the action and words of institution. In John’s Gospel Jesus washes the Disciples’ feet, foretells his betrayal by Judas, gives his new commandment to love one another, foretells Peter’s denial, and explains the way to the Father and his promise of the Holy Spirit. John 13:1-20 As part of the Last Supper Jesus washes the feet of the disciples to give them an example of loving service that they are invited to do as well.
Priest picks up chalice and raises it up Priest says “Take this, all of you, and drink for it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”

It is important that the students understand that the consecration is the climax of the Eucharistic liturgy. It is a time to be particularly attentive to the altar and what the priest is doing.

Twenty-first Century Learning

  • > Passion’s Song Story of Jesus’ Character in ‘Worthy Of Your Name’ > Christian Music Video – 5.52 min. The talented writers of Passion gives us an inside look at the inspiration behind this wonderful worship song. Starting with a passage from Philippians 2, they felt called to praise Jesus’ character…his uniqueness, that He was a servant who gave all for us.
  • > 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.
  • > New Jesuit website on Truth and Reconciliation
  • > World Community for Christian Meditation – Canada part of the site > This is a site for Christian Meditation for teachers and students alike.
  • > 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

Luke ~ “Would you like to see a picture of Mary, Jesus’ mother? Well, legend says that St. Luke painted a portrait of Mary, and if that was true, you could look at it and see exactly how our Blessed Mother looked. Unfortunately, no one knows if that is true or not, so you will just have to use your imagination to “picture” Mary in your heart and head. We DO know that Luke was a friend of St. Paul’s, a doctor and a Greek who had a home in Antioch. Luke tells of his journeys with St. Paul in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible. Since St. Paul was often in ill health, Luke probably was his personal doctor, who prescribed treatment for him and made the great St. Paul “take his medicine.” Do you just hate to take medicine? Do you wrinkle your nose and hide under the covers and SEAL your mouth shut? Or do you make a terrible face and then hold your nose and open your mouth and swallow the stuff because you know it might make you feel better? Well, maybe you might like to be a doctor someday – like St. Luke – and then you could make OTHER people take their medicine.” pages 99

What do YOU Know? About Pentecost by Peggy O’Neill Fisher

  1. The last day of the Easter season is   A. Easter Monday   B. Ascension Thursday   C. Pentecost Sunday D. none of these
  1. The word Pentecost means   A. tenth day   B. twentieth day   C. thirtieth day D. fiftieth day
  1. The liturgical colour for Pentecost is   A. purple   B. white   C. red D. green
  1. In this book of the Bible we find the story of Pentecost   A. Gospel of Mark B. Gospel of Luke   C. Acts of the Apostles D. none of these
  1. The disciples were able to do this after they received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost A. speak in other languages B. perform miracles C. cause fire D. raise the dead

What do YOU Know? About Ordinary Time by Peggy O’Neill Fisher

  1. The first three cardinal numbers are   A. 1,2,3   B. 2,4,6   C. 3,6,9   D. 5,10,15
  1. The first three ordinal numbers are   A. First, second, third   B. 2,4,6  C. 1, 1.5, 2 D. none of these
  1. The longest season in the Church year is   A. Advent   B. Lent     C. Ordinary Time   D. Easter
  1. Ordinary Time begins after this season    A. Advent B. Christmas   C. Lent D. Easter
  1. The number of weeks in Ordinary time is   A. 32 B. 33 C. 34   D. 33 or 34

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

The Man Who Saved the World – This is a documentary is about a near miss to the end of the world. It is based on a true story of a high ranking Russian soldier, Stanislav Petrov, who did not retaliate when bogus signals of armed missiles were reported heading toward Russia in 1983. Most people do not know this situation even happened. It is available on Netflix. It shows the aftermath of this decision on Stanislav. I do not know many people who would have had the strength of character and courage that this man had. He is one of my new heroes. I give this movie ♥♥♥♥♥/5 hearts.

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

Dead Midnight, a mystery novel written by Marcia Muller. It happens in San Francisco and along the West Coast. The premise of the story is that a bright young man is thought to have completed suicide because his work environment is very stressful and inhumane. So his parents hire a private investigator to see if there is enough evidence to charge the company with murder.

When you need to read but not use your brain in any challenging way, this is a book to read. I give this book ☺☺☺.5/5 happy faces

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

“The first flowers that sprout in Spring are dandelions.” Huh!!

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