Dicussion Guide Issue of October 21, 2017


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1.            What special anniversary is the Church observing this year?

2.            What is a Catechism? What purpose does it serve?

3.            Why is it important for Catholics, no matter the age, to continue to learn what the Catholic Church teaches?

4.            Pope Francis is quoted as saying, that the catechism is not only an important tool for believers to understand the faith, but also provides concrete answers to new challenges. What are some of the challenges to our faith today? Ask your teacher to guide this discussion.

5.            The pope also said that “The Word of God is a dynamic reality that is always living, that progress and grows, because it is stretched toward a fulfillment that men and women cannot stop.” What does it mean to be ‘dynamic’? What is this ‘fulfillment’ the pope references?

6.            What is the purpose of a conscience? In what should our conscience be rooted?



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1.            What is the English translation of ‘Grasta Dè’?

2.            What was the theme of this year’s Grasta Dè?

3.            What did this concept of ‘feast’ allow the 300-plus participants to do?

4.            Have you felt the presence of God in your life? Where and how?

5.            What was the purpose of the ‘Simon says’ game?

6.            Do you think you would like to be able to share your faith and love for God with your peers? Why/why not?



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1.            Who was St. Vincent de Paul?

2.            What landmark anniversary did this story center on?

3.            Pope Francis told those gathered that, “One who loves doesn’t sit in an armchair and watch, awaiting the coming of a better world, but gets up and goes with enthusiasm and simplicity.” Talk about what you think the pope meant by this statement.

4.            Brainstorm some ‘simple’ things young people can do to make the world a better place.

5.            Research if your parish has a chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Ask one of its members (or one from a neighboring parish) to come talk to your class about what they do in their ministry.



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1.            Sister Joyce Diltz writes that ‘daily life is full of invitations to connect with God.’ Think back on your day. Where was there an invitation to connect with God?

2.            In his book, Jesuit Father Bill Callahan suggests that we contemplate our neighbors and those we love in prayer. What does it mean to ‘contemplate’?

3.            Share some of the things you like to contemplate that lead you to think about our awesome God.

4.            Should we only contemplate those we love in prayer? What would be the benefit of contemplating those we find difficult to love? Should we bring those people to prayer with God, too?

5.            When we keep others in prayer, even those who are strangers, what is the result?

6.            Be aware of what is happening in the news and for your next class, come prepared to share who you were able to bring to contemplative prayer.



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1.            Who was St. Francis of Assisi?

2.            According to our bishop, Bishop Donald J. Hying, in what ways might we think of St. Francis as a contemporary?

3.            Do you feel love for God? In what ways?

4.            The bishop says that if we allow ourselves to fall in love with God, we would allow God to lead us to do what he wants us to do. Talk about this.

5.            According to one of the participants, she enjoyed this gathering because it was relatable her life and experiences. Is there a way your class might do some faith sharing, perhaps once a month in the classroom? Ask your teacher to help you plan.

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