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DISCUSSION GUIDE Issue of November 15, 2015

VETERANS

Page 1

1.       What gift have veterans given to our country over the decades?

2.       Discuss some possible reasons veterans are drawn to such courageous service?

3.       What do you think it means to those in service to receive letters of support and encouragement from home?

4.       Talk about ways your class might support our military personnel.

5.       Why do you think it is often difficult for vets to share their military experience?

 

SYNOD

Page 5

1.       What is a synod?

2.       What do you think it means when Bishop Hying speaks about having a more authentic relationship with Jesus?

3.       Think about your parish. Do you think your parish is welcoming to all? Discuss.

4.       What are some ways your parish could become more welcoming?

5.       Talk about some of the challenges the Church struggles with in today’s world.

6.       What does the bishop hope a local synod will allow faithful Catholics to do?

7.       What, according to the bishop, will be the five steps of the synod process?

8.       How can you become a more active participant in the life of your parish and your Church?

 

GENEROUS

Page 13

1.       In class, read the parable of the workers in the vineyard. (Matthew 20: 1-16)

2.       Does this parable strike you as unfair? Why/why not?

3.       According to the story, how does parable help explain the kingdom of heaven?

4.       What does this parable say about the generosity of the landowner?

5.       What challenges you the most about this parable?

 

VATICAN COUNCIL

Page 3

1.       What was the Second Vatican Council and when did it take place? Ask your teacher to explain.

2.       While it might not seem strange in today’s world, why were people astounded when Pope Paul VI named women as council observers?

3.       What is ‘Gaudium et Spes?

4.       According to Father Andrew Small, what does this document deal with?

5.       How has this document made an impact on the Church?

6.       Cardinal Cottier stated the document calls ‘Catholics to a spirituality that looks for signs of God’s presence in the world and ways to bring God’s love, justice and healing to situations of confusion, poverty, injustice and conflict.’ Talk about how this might apply to you.

 

ST. THOMAS

Page 14

1.       Why is St. Thomas call the doubting apostle?

2.       If you lived at that time, do you think you would have believed that Jesus rose from the dead without physical proof? Answer honestly why/why not.

3.       Thomas was also called another name, which was?

4.       How is Thomas usually depicted?

5.       Talk about those who consider Thomas their patron saint.

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