DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of February 12, 2017


Page 1

1.         What was the purpose of this pilgrimage to Washington D.C.?

2.         In your view, what does it mean to have a respect for all life, as the Catholic Church teaches?

3.         What did our local pilgrims ‘witness’ on this trip? (Teachers: explain the meaning of ‘witness’ in this context.)

4.         Do you think everyone deserves to live? Why/why not?

5.         In the eyes of our Church, why is every life valuable?



Page 5

1.         What do our parents and godparents commit to on our behalf when we are baptized?

2.         Do you being Catholic should come with responsibilities? Talk about it.

3.         Bishop Donald J. Hying writes that he often finds that God speaks to him in tranquility and silence. When are the times that you find God speaking to you?

4.         Do you think there is too much noise and chaos around us in today’s world? Does that distract you from hearing the voice of God in your life? Explain.

5.         In what way do you think we live in an ‘angry culture’ right now, as the bishop suggests?

6.         Bishop Hying also writes that Lent is an opportunity to live in greater peace and reconciliation. Talk about ways you, too, can live a life of peace and reconciliation this coming Lent.



Page 10

1.         What recent event does this story focus on?

2.         What is a ‘mosque?’

3.         Do you think it’s right for people to be persecuted for their religious beliefs? Why/why not?

4.         How do you think God views such hateful actions?

5.         How have Quebec’s religious and political leaders come together to support this Muslim community?



Page 11

1.         During his life, Jesus often met with people over a meal. Why do you think he did that?

2.         What does it mean to build a community?

3.         What are the benefits of feeling you are part of a community?

4.         Discuss different communities of which you feel you are a part.

5.         Identify some community building activities in your parish that you and your family might participate in.

6.         Do you feel it’s important for people who live on the fringes of our society to feel part of a community? Discuss.    



Page 12

1.         Kevin Driscoll writes that ministry with young Catholics doesn’t need young leaders, but rather good leaders. What does he mean?

2.         Talk about someone you consider a leader who has had a great influence on your faith.

3.         What youth ministry events in which you have participated in lately? What additional events would you like to see sponsored by the diocese or your parish?

4.         The writer states that there is value in the invitation. Have you ever invited anyone to join you at Mass or a church event? How did that make you feel?  What was the result?

5.         According to Kevin Driscoll, what is the purpose of the journey of youth ministry? Who always walks along side of us?

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