USCCB Declares January 2017 as “Poverty Awareness Month”

If I don’t frequently visit the excellent and continually expanding United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website I’m likely to miss an important announcement. The other day I discovered that January 2017 is “Poverty Awareness Month” for the U.S. Catholic Church

There are some excellent resources, including the calendar (pictured above) which includes daily information and weblinks. An expanded version of the resources linked on the calendar is found here.

I’m planning on an activity with my classes tomorrow using the “quiz” found at this link listed for January 2nd:

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And USCCB.org also has resources for National Migration Week, beginning on Monday, January 8th. More on this later….

 

Lectionary Gospel – Most Holy Trinity – May 22,2016

This is the last post of the lectionary gospel until August as it’s the last full week of school before Summer Break.

Please continue to visit this site throughout the summer for other interesting, funny and thought-provoking posts.

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Resources for Lent 2016

It’s hard to believe that Lent is upon us so quickly this year. Next year, Ash Wednesday will be nearly three weeks later – March 1, 2017! How will you Fast, Pray & Give this year.

Here’s a few resources I’m looking at this year:

USCCB – “Lent 2016: 40 Days of Mercy

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl – I especially like their weekly, meatless recipes from around the world. Hopefully they will again have videos of Fr. Leo demonstrating each one.

Loyola Press Lenten Resources especially their Online Lenten Retreats & Prayers

Creighton University On-Line Ministries: Praying Lent – I highly recommend this audio retreat presented by the wise Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.

Other Jesuit Lenten resources can be found at Thinking Faith and the audio-focused Pray As You Go – both from the U.K.

Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Lenten Resources  (includes a link to sign up for his daily Lenten reflection emails.)

As of today (Monday), Busted Halo hasn’t posted their popular Lent calendar yet. They have a few Lenten themed articles as well as this excellent Ash Wednesday in Two Minutes video:

Last year for both Lent and Advent I found the resources offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist to be faith and thought provoking.  This year’s theme, which encompasses daily videos, emails and a workbook is entitled: Growing a Rule of Life. It begins with this introductory video by one of the wise brothers:

And it even has a component for use with youth.

In light of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking celebration of God’s Creation, “Laudato Si” how about connecting your Lenten fasting to activities which care for creation. A number of faith organizations offer Lenten calendars with suggestions for each day:

Sisters of St. Joseph Carbon Fast

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

Carbon Fast – Anglican Communion

St. Francis Cabrini Community

More extensive “carbon fast” programs, including daily emails and message boards, are offered by MACUCC and EcoChurch Southwest (U.K.)

Shifting gears to focus on apps, Give Us This Day is offering a free trial of their app featuring the day’s morning & evening prayers as well as the daily mass.

Finally, props to a great blog site – Catholic Apptitude and their listing of apps and related resources for Lent.

 

 

Sun(Fun) Day Night – Colbert, Star Wars & the Vatican

Just as I resumed the Friday FunLink a couple of days ago,  I’m getting back to this feature as well.

Last week, I had much work to do for my return to teaching last Monday. Sorry to say, Dear Reader, posting here was not at the top of my HabitRPG “To-Do” list.

A week later, it’s a different story. On Friday, during an assembly celebrating the clinching of the Ohio Division IV HS Football State Championship by our team, our bishop granted us a day off of school tomorrow. So, it’s not a pre-school Sunday afternoon for me and I don’t have grading, lesson planning, creating of presentations/assignments, etc. to do for tomorrow. And why do today what I can put off until my day off?

Incidentally, if you’d like to see photos of our celebratory assembly, check out #earned over at Twitter.

Last week was not only the return from vacation for most teachers but also the return of Stephen Colbert to “The Late Show…” Before I continue with this post, I need to be clear about one thing – I will not turn this blog into a fanboy site committed to lauding Mr. Colbert. Although I greatly like and respect Colbert’s work, place him on my list of Top Ten Current Catholic Heroes,” and have watched (with the exception of last Thursday and Friday) every episode of his “The Late Show…” I will keep this blog (more or less) focused on topics and themes of interest to Catholic school teachers – especially those of us who teach Religion.

That being said, here’s a funny, brief clip from last week which combines four of my favorite things – the aforementioned Colbert, Star Wars, Catholicism, and humor. Enjoy and may this bring a smile to your face on this early January Sunday!

Lectionary Gospel – Thirty-third Sunday – November 15, 2015

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  • Sorry this is late in the weekend. It has been a very busy one!

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OSU Talk on Laudato Si by Cardinal Turkson

On Monday the 3rd I trekked down to the OSU campus for a presentation the National Catholic Reporter called “a watershed event for climate discourse.”  Cardinal Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was the featured speaker.   The first cardinal from the nation of Ghana is a key advisor to Pope Francis and some even perceive him as a possible future pope. 

After Cardinal Turkson spoke for about twenty minutes on Laudato Si, he sat down with OSU President Dr. Michael Drake for a brief “fireside chat.”

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The inspiring evening concluded with an encore performance by a local gospel choir.

Please see below for the images of the notes that I took during both parts of the presentation. Click on the image of each page to enlarge it for easier reading.

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