Back to School in Religion Class: Seven Tips

Back to School in Religion Class

It would be great if all the students came back to school after a summer of attending Mass, praying family rosaries, and taking time daily for prayer and bible study. Realistically–I might have ONE student in that category and many more students who have barely thought about church since I saw them last. And, that one student isn’t my own kiddo. So, students are coming back to school needing reminders about faith just as they will about all other school subjects. Here are seven tips to get those students back into religion and faith-based mindsets!

1) Pray for Back to School in Religion Class

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Casavant 2793 plays again

The Saint Anne Shrine Preservation Society, a lay association working to preserve and fully reopen the former Dominican shrine in Fall River, Massachusetts, took a step forward this week when they presented a organ recital on the Shrine’s Casavant, Opus 2793.

Matthew Dion, a organ student at Oberlin, has been working with the Shrine’s music director to rehabilitate the organ, which has been largely idle since the upper church was closed in 2015. The instrument was dedicated in 1964 with a recital by Jean Langlais, and one of the works from that program was included in this week’s recital.

A few days ago Dion recorded these pieces, and they were streamed with live introductions on Tuesday. Times within the video are indicated, with links to the works.

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Cinematographic Distribution in Times of COVID-19: Interview with Filomeno Martinez

In these COVID-19 times, and especially during the lockdown, the sector of cinematographic distribution has been one of the most affected.

To learn more about the situation experienced by the sector in these last months, Zenit interviewed Filomeno Martinez, Founding Member and President of the “European Dreams Factory,” a distributor born in 2008 to bring films to Spain that transmit an enriching message.

Spread from it are family films with positive values, given that, as they themselves point out on their Website, “we want to create a difference in the world of cinema, with a theme that at the street level has already been called by a new name: ‘Cinema of values.’”

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US Bishops’ Migration Chair Asks Prayers for Trafficking Survivors

The United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. . . in 2013 to raise awareness of the devastating impact human trafficking has on women, men, and children and to promote survivors’ rights and human dignity. The international day is observed annually in the United States and throughout the world. There are nearly 25 million individuals trapped in modern-day slavery, according to the International Labor Organization. Human trafficking a “crime against humanity,” Pope Francis has said. . . , because it is “an unjustifiable violation of the victims’ freedom and dignity, which are integral dimensions of the human person willed and created by God.”

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration issued the following statement:

“Today we take a moment to pray for all victims and survivors of human trafficking and to reflect upon our responsibilities as individuals and as a Church to make their well-being and protection a priority. We are renewing our call to educating about human trafficking and proclaiming the value of all human life. Pope Francis reminds us. . . that ‘it is the responsibility of all to denounce these injustices and to firmly oppose this shameful crime.’ We are called by our Holy Father to take a firm stance against this terrible violation of the dignity of the human person and to do everything in our power to eradicate it.”

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Human Trafficking and Exploitation in India During Covid-19 Pandemic

By Leeza, Thematic Manager, Migration & Anti Human Trafficking, Caritas India

Among the effects of COVID-19 in our societies, there is the greatest possibility that vulnerable people, especially children, can become victims of human trafficking, abuse, and exploitation.

The government imposed the lockdown for India’s 1.3 billion inhabitants on March 24, 2020. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy on 12th May over 122 million people in India already lost their jobs. Around 75% of them were small traders and daily wage-laborers. And when families are economically unstable, the vulnerability of children increases.

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Knights of Columbus build garden to feed growing families at maternal care home

One of Calgary’s newest vegetable gardens is located in the backyard of Elizabeth House (EH), a maternal care home that’s now growing ready-to-eat plants alongside healthy babies. In a world hungry for good news, this project fits the bill, says Michelle Haywood, program manager at Elizabeth House.

Opened by the Diocese of Calgary more than 20 years ago, Elizabeth House provides supportive housing to at-risk pregnant and parenting women who need a safe place to live. Seeded into two new raised beds, this year’s inaugural garden is busy growing everything from lettuce to tomatoes, carrots and squash. It’s also nurturing at least one young resident’s interest in vegetable production—and it all began with a group of Catholic men who dared ask the folks at Elizabeth House a simple question: How can we help?

In Edmonton, the local Catholic Women’s League, Knights of Columbus and other volunteers have stepped up to build a flourishing community garden, and to deliver food and clothing hampers for the Gianna Centre.

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