Liturgical Calendar and Ordinary Time
Brian Durocher led the discussion. We started out talking about “Ordinary Time” in the Church Calendar Year. We have just begun the short period of Ordinary Time between Christmas and Lent. And we are in Year B for Mass Readings which means we will be concentrating on the Gospel of Mark.
Below is a very simple calendar I prepared for the Sixth Grade Religious Education Class at St. Peters, a semi-successful attempt to get the attention of sixth graders. There is some information there about the liturgical colors also. To get the whole calendar with all feasts and memorials and solemnities and Saints, you can find all 45 pages at the USCCB website.
Below is an interesting quote about the term “ordinary” from this website. Turns out the definition is not one we would be using in the 21st century.
After that, several other topics were introduced but with no obvious theme.
- Bibles allowed in prisons but not in schools.
- iPhones destroying the civilization: I tried to confirm the rumored cell phone ban in Hixon, TN, restaurants but couldn’t find it on the web. Turns out it is a neighborhood in Chattanooga.
- People doing their own thing as at the end of the Period of the Judges around 3000 years ago. Some things never change. “Judges 21:24-25 Also at that time the Israelites dispersed; each of them left for his own heritage in his own clan and tribe. In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what he thought best. (New American Bible- a little different from the version quoted in class.)
We briefly mentioned differences in the Gospels due to different viewpoints of writers and different times written. Here are a couple of exhibits left over from a previous Lutheran Confirmation class I was teaching, semi-successful attempts to hold the attention of eighth graders.
Reading the Bible
Here is a plug for owning and using a Catholic Study Bible which offers lots of explanation about translation issues, context, word meanings, cross references, etc., and can greatly increase the value of reading Sacred Scripture. It has a few semesters worth of scholarly helps by Catholic scholars and theologians and can greatly enrich our reading of The Bible.
Just to whet your appetite, here is part of the contents page.
And, finally, I suppose there are two reasons nobody objects to Bibles in prisons. One is that the prisoners are not minors with parents of various religious persuasions worrying about what their children are being told in the classroom. At least kids raised by parents like that are less likely to end up in prison.
The other reason is that it is mostly Christians obeying the commands of Jesus who are involved in ministry to prisoners, and they are likely to be carrying Bibles with them when they visit.