DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of April 17, 2016


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1.       What is the name of the pope’s most recent apostolic exhortation and what is it a result of?

2.       What does ‘exhortation mean’? As your teacher to explain.

3.       Pope Francis is quoted as writing, “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.” Discuss what you think the pope meant.

4.       Much of this document is devoted to God’s mercy. In what areas of our lives do we need to show more mercy? To what groups of people especially?

5.       The pope also noted, “Growth can only occur if we respond to God’s grace through constant acts of love, acts of kindness that become ever more frequent, intense, generous, tender and cheerful.” Talk about ways we can respond to God’s grace in this way.



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1.       What does the great feast of Pentecost celebrate?

2.       Bishop Hying notes that next year on Pentecost, we will hold our first diocesan synod. What is a synod? Ask your teacher to explain.

3.       What eight areas of Church life does Bishop Hying identify for discussion?

4.       In small groups, pick one of the areas and talk about how it applies to you, as a young person, how your parish addresses that area well, and how it could do better.

5.       As Catholics, what responsibility to we have to make sure the Church stays strong and vibrant for future generations?



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1.       In which ways do organ donators keep on giving after death?

2.       How do Roman Catholics view organ donation?

3.       How is this seen as a gift of love?



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1.       What three faiths does the Holy Land embrace?

2.       What is the significance of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?

3.       Why is this land called the “Fifth Gospel”?

4.       When seminarian Greg Bim-Merle speaks of an incarnational faith, what is he referring to?

5.       Would you like to take a pilgrim to the Holy Land? Why/why not?



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1.       Why do you think the Blessed Mother is known as the “Untier of knots”?

2.       In the story, it states that “Mary’s obedience untied the knot of Eve’s disobedience.” What does this refer to?

3.       What are some of the things in our lives that tie us in knots?”

4.       According to Deacon Frank Zolvinski, who are some of those we should be praying for during this Year of Mercy?

5.       Take a minute and think about those people in your life you could be praying for?

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