Discussion Guide -- Issue of 01-12-14

Front page

 

Pope's New Year's Message
When Pope Francis talks about "building peace at home," what do you think he's talking about?

How can you, as a young person, build peace in your own home or school?

 

Epiphany-Kwanzaa story
Who established Kwanzaa? What does it celebrate?
Name the seven Kwanzaa principles.
Even though Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, how can people of faith relate to the seven principles?

 

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Bishop Melczek's column
Why is Christian unity so important?
What does the current lack of unity do to harm the Catholic Church?
What things did Pope Francis say to leaders of other religions to share this unity?
What kinds of things can you as a young person do to promote Christian unity?

 

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Agape Mass and Meal

How did the early Christians celebrate their faith?
Why is food so important to faith gatherings?
What kinds of things in small-group settings can students do to enhance their faith?

 

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Pope Francis captures imaginations
Why is Pope Francis so popular, even among non-Catholics?
When you see images of the pope, what do those images say to you about the man?
What special qualities does this pope possess?
Which of the pope's qualities would you most like to emulate (mirror, be like)?

 

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Pratt column: starting New Year
How do you feel, now that we are into 2014? Do you feel any different?
Do you feel any different after the holidays?
What can you do to jump-start your efforts, your faith life, your school activities, your home life?