DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of 2-11-18


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1.         What act failed to pass recently in the U.S. Senate?

2.         How would this legislation have been considered common sense?

3.         Why would a late-term abortion be considered especially appalling?

4.         At what age can a child in the womb feel pain?

5.         Why do we have a responsibility to protect the unborn?



1.         As Catholics, how do we traditionally observe the start of Lent?

2.         What is the purpose of Lent?

3.         What is a false prophet? Ask your teacher to explain. Who could be considered a false prophet in our times?

4.         What effect does evil/sin have in our heart?

5.         What is the “root of all evil?”

6.         Lent calls us to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. What will you do this Lent?



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1.         Who was Maximilian Kolbe?

2.         Why and how did this holy man die?

3.         What is a relic?

4.         Are you surprised to know that, in addition to millions of Jews, there were also Catholics who lost their lives in Nazi death camps? Ask your teacher to define genocide.

5.         Talk about St. Maximilian’s vision of the Blessed Mother when he was young. In what way was

            this a foretelling of his future?

6.         “God will always win out. Love is stronger that hate.” What hope does this give you?



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1.         Share a good memory of one of your family meals.

2.         Do you think it’s a good idea for families to come together regularly to share a meal? Why is this a good thing?

3.         In what way did Jesus demonstrate the importance of breaking bread together?

4.         What is the meaning of “Eucharist?” Ask your teacher to explain.

5.         The author asks, “How are we going to use our gifts to help transform the world?” What are your gifts and how can you use them to transform the world around us now?



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1.         What was the purpose of our diocesan synod in 2017? Ask your teacher to explain.

2.         At this point in the process, what are parishes busily engaged in?

3.         Young Catholics are very much a part of the synod discussion. How are the students and teachers at Bishop Noll Institute becoming actively involved in the synod implementation planning?

4.         Why is it important that young people be considered in any planning for the future of our diocese?

5.         What is “outreach?” In small groups, explore outreach projects in your parish and report back to your class ways you’ve discovered to be involved.

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