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CCD 7th: God the Son (day 17)

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we reviewed God the Father (from last week) and focused on God the Son (chapter 5 in our book).

(A) Reviewed God the Father. Played the video clip from Martian Child (see last week’s summary).  Reviewed homework assignment … think of an example of a movie clip demonstrating a “good dad.”  From that, we brainstormed why our relationship with God the Father becomes so wounded that we stop trusting the unconditional love He has for us.

(B) Discussed prayer “Core Wounds.” In our diagram of the Christian Heart (body, mind, soul), our life experiences can develop “core wounds” that hurt our lives physically, psychologically and/or spiritually.  They are shown as X’s on our diagram.  These wounds are actually “LIES” that affect our future relationships, especially with our Heavenly Father.  A common example, even shown in movies, is how our hurt relationships with our earthly father affect how we view the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father.  Wounds can keep us from trusting His loving plan for our lives.

(C) Who is Jesus? We showed a movie clip from the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie called Daylight.  It’s the scene when the rescue worker (Stallone) first encounters the trapped people.  Only getting 1 rescuer is not what the trapped people expected.  This disappointed reaction is similar to the one Jesus received from people as they came to discover Him as the Messiah.  The idea came from thesource4ym.com clip ideas.  Click the link to get discussion questions.

Here is a trailer for the movie.  The actual clip used is here (but it’s in a foreign language).

Good discussion as we imagined the roles of the people, the Messiah and what our reactions would be in their shoes.

Homework: (1) Chapter 5 assessment questions on the last page.
(2) handout “How the Bible describes Jesus” … look up passages
(3) bring textbook + Bible + journal

CCD 7th: God the Father (day 16)

January 31, 2010 1 comment

In our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we touched on God the Father (chapter 4 in our textbook).  I finally got to bring in my laptop and play a few movie clips.  Awesome topic.  — I was really looking forward to today!

(A) Opening prayer song reflection was He is Yahweh by Dean Salyn.

(B) God the Father is always present & knows what’s best for us & forgiving. Showed a clip from Lion King (1994), when Simba takes Nala to the Elephant Graveyard after father Mufasa warns against and ends up saving them from the 3 Hyenas.  The focus is the discussion between father and son at the end.  [Idea from thesource4ym.com with discussion questions.]

(C) God the Father has unconditional love for me. Showed the movie trailer for the John Cusack movie Martian Child (2007) about a sci-fi writer wanting to adopt a child who thinks he’s a Martian sent to observe Earthling life.  The focus clip is when the child breaks something and thinks he’s bad and will be sent away.  The father assures him that “Nothing you can do will change the way I feel about you.” and then proceeds to break other “things” showing they don’t matter as much as him.  Awesome clip!  — I had to “pause” when leading the discussion … it easily resonated how I hear my Heavenly Father’s voice.

Discussion was great.  [Idea from thesource4ym.com with questions.]

Homework:
(1) Chapter 4 Assessment questions,
(2) Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day this week,
(3) Give an example of a movie clip with a “good dad.”

CCD 7th: Parent child Jeopardy + Angelus + BAPTiSM prayer types (day 10)

November 22, 2009 1 comment

Today, in our 7th grade Pre-Confirmation class, parents were invited to come to class for orientation of the upcoming year and review of the last 9 classes.  We opened with a review of “incarnation” and the “Angelus” for an opening prayer.  Then I reviewed the different prayer types with B.A.P.T.i.S.M..  Then we played Jeopardy!

“Angelus” Prayer
(The Angel of the Lord)

[Lead:]  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
[ALL:]  And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
HAIL MARY, full of grace …

[Lead:]  Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
[ALL:]  Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
HAIL MARY, full of grace …

[Lead:]  And the Word was made flesh,   [bow during]
[ALL:]  And dwelt among us.
HAIL MARY, full of grace …

[Lead:]  Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
[ALL:]  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

[Lead:]  Let us pray.
[ALL:]  Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts;  that we,
to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son,
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,
through the same Christ Our Lord.
AMEN.

Types of prayersB.A.P.T.i.S.M.

  • BLESSING – invoke God’s power for a person, place or activity
  • ADORATION – the “created” before the Creator
  • PRAISE – glory God (for who He is)
  • THANKSGIVING – gratitude (for what He does)
  • i ASK for ME (petition) + OTHERS (intercession)
  • SORRY – ask of forgiveness
  • MEDITATION – tuning into God, reflection (through quiet prayer, Sacred Scripture, lectio divina, liturgy of the hours, Rosary, holy icons, imagery, books of daily devotion, lives of saints, works of spirituality, etc.)

The MASS includes ALL these types of prayer

We played Classroom Jeopardy! with teams of parents & kids.  With almost perfect attendance, only 5 kids came without parents and everyone seemed to have a great time playing.  Most categories were facts we’ve covered in class like “Jewish Roots,” “Gotta Have Faith,” “Facebook Jesus,” “Catholic Pop Quiz,” “Catholic Prayers,” “Angels & Demons,” and “A.R.R.R. You Listening?” Then there was the more entertaining categories like “Chronicles of Narnia,” “Anything Goes,” and the favorite “Candy Bars.” A great time for all.  I can’t wait to bring the parents back soon!

CCD 7th: Review ALL classes (day 9)

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we REVIEWED all our previous classes to date.

Here are links to previous classes:

All these links are indexed on my Uth + CCD tab (at the top of this blog) for all classes.

HOMEWORK:

  1. bring parents next class,
  2. bring Bible, if you have one already,
  3. review notes with parents in preparation for playing Jeopardy!

CCD 7th: Heaven + Hell + Purgatory (day 8)

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we …

Write Jeopardy Questions — everyone made up Jeopardy questions about anything we learned so far.  Some of the questions will be used for the Parent Teen Jeopardy in a couple weeks.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • –apparition to Juan Diego
  • –picked roses in winter
  • –“eye” of Mary portrait

–Gangs using Rosaries (for protection?)

Heaven – the state of eternal life and union with God, for those that choose God (saints).

Hell – the state of permanent separation from God, reserved for those that reject God.

  • Sheol (Hell) – Hebrew OT word for gloomy place beneath the earth for all dead, both righteous and evil.
  • Gehenna (Hell) – Hebrew NT word refers to the place on the SW side of Jerusalem, used for a dumping ground for human waste, corpses, rotting matter, etc. with “fires” burning.  Became a popular symbol for what Christians called “hell.” (See Mark 9:43-48, Luke 12:5)

Purgatory – a state of final purification that one may need following death, before heaven.

HOMEWORK:

  1. finish Pop Quiz handout & prayer journal “God letters” (3 any + 3 events),
  2. do “Jeopardy Questions” handout (x 2)

CCD 7th: Like Jesus + Holy + All Saints (day 7)

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Today in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we …

(PRAYER) “Confirmation discipline” story … our actions can reveal our thoughts, feelings & desires

[story] “Crying over Jesus” story

Jesus shares our struggles

  • single Mom,
  • step-Father dies as teen,
  • lost in Temple,
  • discovering His real Heavenly Father,
  • tempted by Satan (3 times),
  • rejected in hometown,
  • apostles = motley crew of friends,
  • false allegations,
  • denied by Peter,
  • tortured,
  • tempted to deny “himself,”
  • abandoned by friends,
  • suffering for other’s sins,
  • resurrected

3 closest APOSTLES (= “to be sent”):

  • Peter “Rock,” fisherman, first Pope, Simon
  • John, youngest, “beloved,” given to Mary,
  • James, bro of Matthew (tax collector)

Hallowed = Holy = “to be set apart”

Nov 1 = All Saints’ Day

Nov 2 = All Souls’ Day

Pop Quiz, questions 1-5 (Catholic traditions, Pastor, parish ministries)

HOMEWORK: Catch up on overdue homework assignments …

  1. prayer quiz,
  2. both journal assignments, &
  3. “Pop Quiz” handout (do with parents)

CCD 7th: Prayer sharing + A.R.R.R (day 3)

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we opened with some personal journaling time while listening the the Doxology prayer sung 2 different ways.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

First, (soft) “Doxology” by Nicole Nordeman

Then (rock) “Doxology” by David Crowder Band

After prayer, we took turns sharing our decorated binder covers with a collage of “ME” … likes, interests, family, pictures, sports, hobbies, etc.

Then we took turn sharing our experiences with praying the Doxology prayer over the past couple of weeks.  Some great stories!

[PRAYER] When your spending time in personal prayer with the Lord, here’s a good outline to follow  . . . .

A.R.R.R.

  • ACKNOWLEDGE –- How’s my life right now? Pay attention to your thought + feelings + desires (“the Big 3”).
  • RELATE -– Tell God about ALL “3” honestly.
  • RECEIVE -– Quiet your mind, focus on God, & listen to “the Big 3.”  (Discern spirits)
  • RESPOND -– do what you NEED to do

When you have something to talk to the Lord about, process your “Big 3” with this model.

HOMEWORK:

(1) study 5 Catholc Prayers for written Prayer Quiz:

  1. Lord’s Prayer (pg 305 of our text book),
  2. Hail Mary (pg 305),
  3. Apostle’s Creed (pg 305),
  4. Act of Contrition (pg 306),
  5. and any other formal prayer (of your choice)

CSS Bible study on Romans

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

CCS_Romans_coverTonight was the first night of a 25 week Bible study on the book of Romans that a friend told me about.  It is a strictly Catholic group study by Catholic Scripture Study International.  The $50 individual registration comes with a binder of lessons and study sheets.  The weekly study involves facilitator guiding us through the teachings, DVD’s and individual sharing homework answers.  This study of Romans is written by Scott Hahn, a well renown Catholic convert.

The book of Romans is probably the single most disputed Biblical book between Catholics and Protestants. This book written by St. Paul is the book from which Martin Luther built his doctrine of “justification by faith alone”. Luther twisted St. Paul’s words to fit his own false teaching and even added (in his Lutheran Bible) the word “alone” to Romans 3:28 in his attempt to further enhance his doctrine of “Sola Fide” (meaning that by faith alone we are saved).

There are over 100 participants in my area.  The study is done at two Catholic parishes: St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Southwest Ranches, FL and St Bernadette Parish in Hollywood, FL.

Monday … 8:45am to 10:15am … @ St Bernadette Parish
Wednesday … 7:30pm to 9:00pm … @ St Mark Parish
Thursday … 8:45am to 10:15am … @ St Mark Parish
Thursday … 3:30pm to 5:00pm … @ St Mark Parish

There’s about 30+ in the Wednesday night class so far.  I’m excited.

Parish financial support

Thank you! Thank you VERY MUCH !

Thank you! Thank you VERY MUCH !

In support of their “poor” parish seminarian (that’s me!), 6 ministries of my parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church (in Hollywood, FL) gave me some generous financial donations.  I wanted to all least acknowledge the ministries here … they are … St Bernadette Outreach Society, Our Lady of Lourdes Gift Shop, St Bernadette Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women, St Bernadette Columbiettes, Knights of Columbus Council #8382, and the St Bernadette Home and School Association.

“Thank you for all your support and prayers over the years as my parish family, but most especially now for your sacrificial gift of financial support during my time of vocational discernment.  Know that your generosity is greatly appreciated and you’re all constantly in my prayers.  Thank you and remain holy!”

 

Confirmation Mass

Today, I helped alter serve at my home parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church (Hollywood, FL) for Confirmation Mass with Miami Auxiliary Bishop Roman and Deacon Blanco (from St Brendan High School), along with my pastor Fr Dalton, Deacon Lou, and Fr Kris (from Archbishop McCarthy High School).  A beautiful Mass for some great kids and parents (some I taught last year in CCD).

2008 Confirmation Mass @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FL 2008 Confirmation Mass @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FL

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic giftshop in Hollywood, FL

April 13, 2008 1 comment

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic ChurchI went to 6pm Mass at my parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL.  While I was there, I browsed around our giftshop called “Our Lady of Lourdes Giftshop.”  It keeps getting better and better.  Here are some pictures, but they don’t do it justice.  They’re open after all Masses (Sat 4pm, Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 10:45am, 6pm) and located at 7450 Stirling Road in Hollywood, FL 33024. — if you go, tell Michelle you saw it here!

 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Giftshop in Hollywood, FL @ St Bernadette Catholic Church

RCIT + Christian IPhone

April 13, 2008 1 comment

Christian Holy Spirit IPhone posterSince we were so close to my home parish of St Bernadette in Hollywood, FL, I stopped in to see the high school RCIT class preparing for Confirmation this year @ 4pm.  I saw this cool poster that one of the catechists made and had to take some pictures.  It’s a poster of an Apple IPhone, but with Christian buttons.  — Some great details

Christian Holy Spirit IPhone poster Christian Holy Spirit IPhone poster

Easter Sunday @ my parish

March 23, 2008 2 comments

For Easter Sunday, I served at Masses at my parish.

2008 Easter Mass @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FL  2008 Easter Mass @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FL

carnival clean-up

February 18, 2008 Leave a comment

I helped with clean-up efforts to “take down” my parish carnival booths at St Bernadette Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL.  With only about a dozen people, it took all day and there’s still more to do.  The occassional rain didn’t help either.  Anyway, great work … I’ll feel it all week … came home a lobster.  — It’s nice to be working with the same workers that I did back in 8th grade (for service hours), but that was 15 years ago … where’s some fresh blood.
St Bernadette Catholic Church carnival cleanup efforts in Hollywood, FL St Bernadette Catholic Church carnival cleanup efforts in Hollywood, FL St Bernadette Catholic Church carnival cleanup efforts in Hollywood, FL

Parish Carnival

February 16, 2008 1 comment

On my first real day of mid-term break, I spent some time at my parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL.  This weekend we’re having our annual Mardi-Gras themed Carnival (our biggest fundraiser).  These pictures were actually taken Sunday night (when it rained), but most of the weekend had good weather and a good turn out.
St Bernadette Catholic Church parish carnival in Hollywood, FL St Bernadette Catholic Church parish carnival in Hollywood, FL St Bernadette Catholic Church parish carnival in Hollywood, FL

Pope + Lourdes + grotto = plenary indulgence

February 10, 2008 5 comments

Our Lady of Lourdes grotto @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FloridaSince my home parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church has a grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, visiting and praying at the grotto between Feb 2-11, 2008 qualifies for a special Papal plenary indulgence to encourage renewed holiness, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to St Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France. 

Our Lady of Lourdes grotto @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, FloridaAn indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment (in this world and in purgatory) due for sins committed. A plenary indulgence is the remission of all punishment.  This is a tremendous gift from the Pope.  To receive the indulgence, one should say the Our Father, Apostle’s Creed and the Hail Mary at the grotto along with a prayer for our Pope’s intentions and go to confession before Easter Sunday.Our Lady of Lourdes grotto @ St Bernadette Catholic Church, Hollywood, Florida

For more info & details, see article at Catholic News Service (CNS).
 
Thank you Jesus for your mercy and the Holy Catholic Church you have left us … with the treasury of your merits.  May Our Lady continue to lead us to her Son, Jesus!  Amen.

Confirmation Retreat revisited

February 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Confirmation Retreat skitConfirmation Retreat skitBack at my home parish, the 8th grade Confirmation kids (some were my CCD kids from last year) had an evening of reflection as a follow-up to their 2-day Confirmation Retreat last month [my previous blog post about it].  The schedule was pretty simple.  After 6pm Mass (which I served at), pizza on the deck, a great skit (see pictures) about Jesus bridging the gap in the face of temptations, a personal witness talk by a teen, small group debrief (“What’s happened since the Retreat?”), and some large group reflections (that I couldn’t stay for) to close.  The kids definitely wanted to be there.  A great sign of their Confirmation journey.

Confirmation Retreat

January 12, 2008 6 comments

Today is day #2 of my parish Confirmation Retreat (it started last night) for the 8th grades of St Bernadette (both School & CCD).  Since most of the CCD kids were my students last year, I assisted with a few minor things.  The theme of the Holy Spirit was implimented with the popular LifeTeen format called “Fire & Ice” that is supposed to be a 3-day retreat, but it was a adapted to 2 long evening sessions.  Simply … it was awesome!  The parish hall was used for most activities with awesome decorations themed FIRE & ICE.  Most of the talks were done by former high school confirmandi of the parish.  The small group discussion were facilitated by peer ministers from local Archbishop McCarthy High School and the activites were a lot of fun (especially the “Human Pinata“).
Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL Human Pinata @ Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL Human Pinata @ Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL Human Pinata @ Fire & Ice Confirmation Retreat @ St Bernadette Church, Hollywood, FL

The end of the retreat got pretty emotional, especially with Adoration/Benediction, a video from YouTube.com (below) featuring a skit at a Christian youth conference done to the Lifehouse song “Everything” (definitely moving), an altercall & open mic sharing, but everything affirmed the Holy Spirit moving in our lives preparing to affirm their commitment to the sacrament of Confirmation.

Mother of God feast day

Book of Secrets10AM MASS — served at my home parish (St Bernadette) with my Pastor Fr Dalton & Deacon Lou on the feastday of Mary, the Mother of God [more detail info].

EVENING MOVIE — saw National Treasure: Book of Secrets.  — What’s on page 47?

Christmas Day

December 25, 2007 1 comment

I served with cross at the 10am Christmas Day Mass at my home parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church with my Pastor Father Brendan Dalton and Deacon Lou.
St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Day Mass St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Day Mass

Relaxed with family with great food and some movies (Ratatouille, The Kingdom, The Golden Compass)
Ratatouille The Kingdom The Golden Compass