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CCD: Saints + Rosary

October 27, 2008 Leave a comment

CCD — For apostalic work (10th grade Confirmation religious education), we continued on the Rosary, reviewed the Mysteries, prayed the Joyful Mysteries, discussed All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Purgatory and debated “only saints go to heaven.”  — next week they’re doing saint reports & presentations!

CCD: Christian music

October 20, 2008 2 comments

APOSTALIC WORK — Today in 10th grade CCD class, we tried to review some things we’ve discuss so far by adding some discussion on application.  We used some mainstream Christian songs and studied their lyrics to bring a Christian perspective to practical life issues.  Here are the songs we used …

Life, sin, shame, forgiveness … “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

 

Heaven … “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe

 

Effectiveness of prayer … “This is a Call” by Thousand Foot Krutch

 

Dating relationships … “Gone” by TobyMac

 

Parable of the Lost Sheep (Mt 18:10-14) … “Leaving 99” by Audio Adrenaline

CCD + free will + Bruce Almighty + prayer

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Today in 10th grade CCD we did “free will” and prayer using clips from Bruce Almighty.  We had a great debate of “free will” verses God’s “all-knowing” nature.  Also discussed angels, being that today is the feast of the Archangels.  It was a great day!

Here are most of the clips on “Free Will” from Bruce Almighty:

Another clip from Bruce Almighty:

CCD: faith + songs with a message

September 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Today was class #2 of Religious Education @ St Timothy Catholic Church (Miami).  I assist the cathechist in 10th grade Confirmation.  We welcomed 3 more kids to bring our class to 10 so far.  A great group of kids!

After reflecting on yesterday’s Gospel reading (Workers in the Vineyard), we reviewed their assignment.  They were to find a song they liked that had a religious message.  Everyone had good examples as they read some lyrics out loud.  [Below are some videos of a couple songs used.]

Afterwards, we reviewed chapter 1 in their textbook.  We discussed faith (Hebrews 11:1), Divine Revelation, Bible (Hebrews 4:12-13), Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures), New Testament and more.  I’m not sure how it got started, but we tried to prove someone’s girlfriend existed in the next room and I remember mentioning Metaphysics class somehow.  It was a lively discussion.

“Rise Today” by Alter Bridge
Our time is running out / Hope we find a better way
Before we find we’re left with nothing
For every life that’s taken / So much love is wasted

This world / Only love can set it right
This world / If only peace would never die
Seems to me that we’ve got each other wrong
Was the enemy just your brother all along?
Yeah, oh yeah / I want to rise today / And change this world
Yeah, oh yeah / Oh won’t you rise today / And change this world?

 

“Meant to Live” by Switchfoot
… We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah
We were meant to live for so much more / Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

 

“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
… The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be
I dare you to move (2X)  / I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move (2X)  / Like today never happened (2X)
Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go? (2X)  / Salvation is here

apostalic work @ St Kevin

apostalic work at nursing homeSince all new seminarians this year will be assigned “apostalic work” next year, we’re observing other fellow seminarians in different current assignments for the last few Mondays of the semester.  Today, a small group of us visited a residential nursing home with 5 elderly women residents.  They were very cheerful and social with us.  Since they spoke Spanish, we didn’t know everything being said, but we all knew what was going on.  Some Scripture, prayer, sharing and lots of joy.  — the Lord’s humor is contagious

CCD @ St Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami, FLSince we’ll be assigned “apostalic work” next year, we’re observing other fellow seminarians in different current assignments for the last few Mondays of the semester.  Today, I observed an 8th grade CCD Confirmation class at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami, not too far from the seminary.

We were greeted by Pastor Fr Sosa and served an awesome dinner.  (Patricio’s Monday meatloaf will have to wait.)  His dog was also very friendly.  — the class went great!

A week before Easter, the parish church building was set on fire by a couple local teenagers.  About one million dollars in damage.  While repairs are being done, Mass is done outside under the overhang area of the church entrance.  — We’ll definitely keep them all in our prayers.

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semester begins + Aquinas + Contemporary Philosophy + Medieval + Ministry + Amber Spyglass

January 7, 2008 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Michael) — God is the same yesterday as today, on vacation, on retreat, back in the daily routine.  Do you believe in Jesus?  How is your life different because of your belief?

AQUINAS in the 20th CENTURY – (Fr Vallee) — this is a senior level course that focuses on the rediscovery of St Thomas Aquinas thought in the 19th & 20th centuries, in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics and anthropology.  Readings will be from Gilson, Maritain, Marechal, Rousselot and John Paul II’s Fides et ratio.  No term paper.  Tests are open notes & open book — (translation: It’s hard!).  Large class.

CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — started reviewing Modern Philosophy era.  LOTS of readingMartin BuberI and ThouHans-Georg GadamerTruth and MethodMartin Heidegger Introduction to MetaphysicsEdmund Husserl – Phenomenology and the Crisis of PhilosophySoren Kierkegaard Either/Or (our first reading assignment) … Karl Marx Communist Manifesto Friedrich Nietzsche The Anti-ChristPaul RicoeurOneself as AnotherJohn Robinson Honest to GodAdam Smith The Wealth of NationsAlfred North Whitehead Religion in the Making.  — I should probably be reading right now! 

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Vallee) — reviewed a timeline of philosphy periods.  This class will focus on Augustine (Confessions), Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica, On Being and Essence, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas).  Our main test is Frederick Copleston’s A History of Philosophy, vol II.  2 papers.  — finally some Augustine & Aquinas!

MINISTERIAL PRACTICUM – (Fr Michael) — reviewed the basic about ministry (from last semester).  This course will be about the practical skills need for ministry.  Next year, we’ll be assigned Monday night “Apostalic Work” in the areas of CCD catechesis or Homebound Visitation.  We’ll be going out to visit other seminarians in their work assignments throughout the semester.  Today, we also learned “How to Create a Lesson Plan” for CCD class.  — finally some hands-on!

DOTS — “Kr” Lauds blessing — listened to first half of The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials trilogy) on audio