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Instructions for Remote Work:
1) Please read the instructions for each day carefully.
2) All questions are to be answered in your religion notebooks (or another notebook if you forgot your religion notebooks at school). Please mark each day with the date at the top to keep track of when you have completed each assignment.
3) Questions must be answered in complete sentences, respecting all the proper conventions of the English language (including grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc.).
4) Please complete each question in the number of sentences requested in the parenthesis following each question. If you would like to provide more than the number of sentences asked for, you may do so, but the parenthesis is the minimum number of sentences required.
5) Once you have completed your work for the day, skip a line and write the date of the next assignment below, in order to resume neatly.
6) Please contact me via email with any questions or clarifications you may need as assignments are given. Thank you!

 

Remote Work for Monday, 3/30:

6th grade: For your lesson today, please watch both of the following Youtube videos, which are all about the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Bible (it follows the book of Exodus which we just dealt with). Although both videos are talking about the same book of the Bible, pay attention to what you learn, even if it is a little repetitive. Finally, answer the following questions, based on the second video, in your notebook.

Video 1: (Overview)

The Book of Leviticus (Part 1)


Video 2: (The Book of Leviticus)

The Book of Leviticus (Part 2)

  1. Why are Moses and the unworthy priests unable to enter the Tabernacle of the Lord’s presence in the book of Leviticus, according to the video? (Hint: watch from 0:25-0:51)

  2. What does the word “Holiness” signify in the book of Leviticus?

  3. What are the three “solutions” God establishes with the Israelites in order to allow them to live in His presence, despite their unworthiness? Write one sentence per solution, describing how it is meant to make the Israelites worthy to be in God’s presence.

  4. What is the “Day of Atonement,” described in Chapters 16 and 17 of Leviticus, according to the video? (Be sure to describe what happens to both of the goats used in the ritual, and the purpose of each.)


7th grade: Your assignment today is in 2 parts.

Part 1: Use Google to find an image of a crucifix that is especially powerful and captures you. Now imagine that you have never seen a crucifix before now, and do not know what it is supposed to signify (aka, imagine you don’t know that it is Jesus who is on the Cross or why he is there). Sit and look upon this crucifix for 3 minutes, observing the details of the man hanging upon in, and then answer these questions in your notebook:

  1. What is the language of Jesus’ body conveying or saying? (3 sentences)

  2. What emotions or reactions does pondering this crucifix evoke or bring out in you, imagining it anew? (3 sentences)


Part 2: Watch the Youtube clip in the link below, which is from a movie about the horrors of the slave trade in early American colonialism, called Amistad. In this scene, a man explains to his friend the story of the Gospel and Jesus’ life using mostly illustrations. After you watch this scene, answer the final question below:


Amistad Video Clip

  1. Generally, what can we learn about Jesus and his Gospel message from the actions and movements of his body alone, without referencing any words that he speaks? (3 sentences)


8th grade:

With the use of internet sources (search engines, Youtube videos, electronic news articles/encyclopedias, etc.), find out who Carlo Acutis is.

For your assignment:

  1. Write down in your notebook 10 pieces of factual information about his life. 

  2. Write down 3 things you learned about him that you admire and would like to imitate in your own life to grow in holiness.


Remote Work for Friday, 3/27:

6th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s lesson on the second half of the book of Exodus.


6th grade Exodus Ch. 19-40 Overview Lesson


7th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s lesson on the body and Jesus' Incarnation from Chapter 3 of our textbook.


7th grade Theology of the Body Chapter 3.3: Me, Myself, and I


8th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s lesson on St. Oscar Romero.


8th grade Saint Study: Oscar Romero

 No Remote Work today! (3/26)

Remote Work for Wednesday, 3/25:

6th, 7th, 8th grades: All students: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s lesson on the Annunciation.



Religion Assignment 3/25: The Annunciation


No Remote Work today! (3/24)

Remote Work for Monday, 3/23:

6th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s Lesson.

6th grade Chapter 8.2

7th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s Lesson.

7th grade TOB 3.2

8th grade: Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s Lesson.

8th grade Chapter 3.1



 Remote Work for Friday, 3/20:

6th grade:

Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s Lesson. 6th grade Ch. 8.1

7th grade:

Please click on the link below, which will take you to a Google doc containing today’s Lesson. 7th grade Theology of the Body 3.1


8th grade:

For your assignment today, read the article found in the link below. Then, answer the question set that follows in complete sentences. St. Charles Borromeo and the Coronavirus


  1. Who is St. Charles Borromeo? Why is he an important and helpful figure for us today in light of the recent events going on in the world? (3 sentences)

  2. According to the article, what are the 4 virtues we need to approach the situation with Coronavirus courageously and like Christ? What does the author say about why we need each of the 4 virtues, in 1 sentence each?

  3. How have you seen one of these 4 virtues exhibited in your life in the last 2 weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S.? Who showed this virtue and how did they do so? (2 sentences)

4. Write 1 concrete action you could take to grow in one of the virtues mentioned. (2 sentences)

  

Announcement for all students: Spiritual Communion

As the Bishop has recently decided that, for our own safety, it is best for all public Masses in the Diocese to be cancelled until further notice, it is important that we still continue to pray and remain united in the Body of Christ. Even if we cannot physically receive the Blessed Sacrament at Mass in these days, the Church has a long-standing tradition of praying for "spiritual communion," so that we might still receive the presence of Jesus into our hearts spiritually. This allows us to unite ourselves with him, and the whole Church which is His body. Please take some time each day to pray the below prayer for receiving Spiritual Communion:

A prayer for Spiritual Communion: 

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

 

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

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Remote Work for Thursday, 3/19:

6th, 7th, and 8th grades:


Faith Family Day- Feast of St. Joseph: For remote learning today, in honor of our Faith Family Day, we have planned a few activities related to St. Joseph and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who is the Saint of the Month for March. These activities can be found below, with a brief description of each and links needed for each:


  1. St. Theresa of Calcutta Illustrated Prayer Activity: “Jesus, my All in All.” Click on the link below which corresponds with your grade level. You will find a Google Doc with instructions and a prayer from St. Mother Teresa, which you will be invited to help illustrate.

 

6th grade Mother Teresa Prayer Activity 7th grade Mother Teresa Prayer Activity 8th grade Mother Teresa Prayer Activity

 

 

  1. St. Joseph prayers, activities, and coloring pages: Click the link to the Google Doc below for prayers, various fun activities, print outs, and coloring pages to celebrate St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and Patron of the Universal Church, whose feast day we celebrate today!

    Prayers and Activities for St. Joseph Day 


  2. Find “Calcutta” at home: For our service component of Faith Family Day this month, you are invited to think of someone in your life that you can reach out to with love. Find the “Calcutta” in your own life by looking around you for those who are suffering, lonely, or having a hard time. Think about what you can do for that person, even if just one small act of kindness, and resolve to do it in a spirit of loving service. Print out the flyer in the link attached and hang it up somewhere in your home to remind you of your service this month to love those who are suffering, just as St. Mother Teresa did in her life.


“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do. It is to God Almighty – how much we do it does not matter, because He is infinite, but how much love we put in that action. How much we do to Him in the person that we are serving.” -St. Mother Teresa

4. Worldwide Rosary with Pope Francis:Pope Francis has called for a worldwide Rosary to be prayed by the faithful today at 4pm EST in solidarity with the rest of the human family. Join with your family in praying the luminous mysteries, through the intercessions of our Lady and St. Joseph, in order that God may guide, heal, and protect our world in the midst of these trying times. Take pictures of you and/or your family praying the Rosary and email them to Mr. Burdell (gburdell@mcmish.org) so that we can share our prayer and stand together!
 
Image result for st. joseph and jesusImage result for st. mother teresa of calcutta Remote Work for Wednesday, 3/18:

6th grade:

Carefully read Exodus 32:1-19, which is the story of the Israelites worshipping the Golden Calf while Moses is up on Mount Sinai receiving the 10 commandments from God. Once you have done so, answer the following questions in your notebook:

  1. What reason do the people give for deciding to fashion another god? Have you ever lost patience with God and turned your attention to other things? Give an example. (3 sentences)

  2. When the Israelites decide to worship the Golden Calf, they commit the grave sin known as idolatry, or the worship and adoration given to a false god, to something other than the one true God. Although their idol was a calf made of gold, and it might seem strange to us today to worship such a thing, we are nevertheless very often guilty of the sin of idolatry as well. Name 3 things that you have encountered in your life that could potentially become “false gods,” or idols, if you are not careful to put God first? What is one realistic way in which you could place your worship of God over these things? (3 items + 1 sentence)

  3. Why does the Lord change His mind about the punishment He threatened to inflict upon the Israelites for their idolatry? What does Moses say to convince Him? What word do we use to describe the promise made to Moses’ ancestors referenced in verse 13?


7th grade:

Please read the Gospel passage for today (posted below) and take 5-10 minutes of Lectio Divina (meditative reading) prayer with it. Allow God to speak to you in this passage. Read it once through in its entirety, and allow it to sink in. Then, read it a second time more slowly, allowing a particular word or phrase to stick out to you. Write down the word or phrase that sticks out to you, and write 3 sentences about what God might be trying to say to you through this particular word or phrase. Remember that Scripture is alive- it speaks to us right where we are in our lives, if we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through it!


Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter

will pass from the law,

until all things have taken place.

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments

and teaches others to do so

will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments

will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”


Finally, if you haven’t finished already, please use today to continue working on your “Love Letter” from God to His people, assigned yesterday. Remember, this is to be no less than one page, handwritten, single spaced, and it must include at least 2 of the Biblical references given above.


8th grade:

Please read the Gospel passage for today (posted below) and take 5-10 minutes of Lectio Divina (meditative reading) prayer with it. Allow God to speak to you in this passage. Read it once through in its entirety, and allow it to sink in. Then, read it a second time more slowly, allowing a particular word or phrase to stick out to you. Write down the word or phrase that sticks out to you, and write 3 sentences about what God might be trying to say to you through this particular word or phrase. Remember that Scripture is alive- it speaks to us right where we are in our lives, if we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through it!


Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.

I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,

not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter

will pass from the law,

until all things have taken place.

Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments

and teaches others to do so

will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.

But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments

will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”


Finally, please use today to continue working on your “Sermon on the Mount” assignment given yesterday. Remember, this is to be no less than one page, handwritten, single spaced.





Image result for funny st patricks day catholic memesImage result for funny st patricks day catholic memes Remote Work for Tuesday, 3/17:


6th grade:

With a Bible (either a hard copy from home or an online version), please look up and read Exodus Chapter 25 in its entirety. This chapter is about the “Tabernacle” of Moses, or the place of worship which Moses was to construct so that the Israelite people could worship God properly as they wandered throughout the desert for 40 years before entering the Promised Land. (The word “tabernacle” is also used in the Catholic faith, too, as you know- this is no coincidence!)


Once you have read about the instructions given to Moses for the building of the Tabernacle, watch the following 4 minute Youtube video, which is a visual reconstruction of what Moses’ Tabernacle might have looked like:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mFGsLEpKKk


Finally, answer the following questions in your religion notebook:


Questions:

  1. What are the 3 components of the Tabernacle that God gives to Moses? Why do you think that God gives Moses such specific instructions for building each of these components? (3 sentences)

  2. Draw at least 3 parallels between the things that you observed in the reading and the video about the Jewish place of worship in the time of Moses, and our Catholic Churches today. What similarities do you see between the two places of worship? (3 sentences)

  3. What is the relationship between the Jewish tabernacle discussed here and the Catholic tabernacle which we see in a Catholic Church? How are the two tabernacles “representing the same thing,” in a sense? (2 sentences)


7th grade:

In class last week we were beginning to speak about the fact that God has had a specifically spousal relationship with His people. The Bible often uses the metaphor of husband and wife to liken the love God has for His people Israel in the Old Testament, and the same metaphor is applied to the relationship that Jesus bears to his Church in the New Testament and all the way up to today.


Imagine that you are God, and you would like to express your love to your spouse, i.e. the Church/the people of God. Using the language of at least 2 of the following Biblical references from the list given, write a “love letter,” one or more pages in length, handwritten, single spaced, in which you lend expression to the great love you have for your people. Remember what “typical” love letters look like from your imagination, and try to make this resemble one of those. Your goal is to capture some of the spousal imagery and love that God has for us. Feel free to use a Bible you have at home or an online version of these verses.


Potential Bible verses to include in your letter:

-Song of Songs 4:9-10

-Isaiah 54:5-6

-Isaiah 62: 4-5

-Jeremiah 2:2

-Hosea 2:14-16

-John 3:29-30

-Ephesians 5:25

-Revelation 21:2,9


8th grade:

With a Bible (either a hard copy or online), refer back to Matthew chapters 5-7, which we recently looked at in class. This is Jesus’ famous “Sermon on the Mount,” in which he gives us many of his most important moral teachings, and aligns them in relation to the Old Law of Moses which the Israelite people (i.e. the Jews) followed.


Your assignment, having read over the Sermon on the Mount, is to construct your own “Sermon on the Mount,” but instead, yours should be oriented towards the life of a typical Middle School Student at Mishawaka Catholic. Using Jesus’ instructional approach in Matthew 5-7 as a template, write down your own instructions for “the good life,” or how to be a happy person, as a middle school student. Jesus uses many specific parables and examples from his own experience and the experiences of his listeners; you should do the same. 


You are encouraged to get creative here, thinking of parables, stories, analogies, and modern day examples and language to convey the truth of your point. Of course, your Sermons should certainly make reference to and be consistent to the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel, but this may look different as it is seen in the light of middle school life. Your Sermon should be no fewer than 1 full page of single spaced writing in your notebook.

Remote Work for Monday, 3/16:


6th, 7th, and 8th grades:


Please read the Gospel reading for today (posted below) from Luke Chapter 4, verses 24-30. Once you have read through this Gospel, please reflect and answer the question set that follows.

Lk 4:24-30

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 

When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

The Gospel of the Lord: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Questions:

  1. A “Prophet” is someone whom God sends to speak or preach His word to His people, even if that word is sometimes difficult to hear or unpopular. Based on this, what do you make of Jesus’ words that “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown…”? What does this saying of Jesus mean? (3 sentences)

  2. Why is it the case that, as Jesus says, “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown?” Why might it be the case that those closest to someone are more likely to reject his/her prophetic word than those who do not know this person? (3 sentences)

  3. Persecution often goes hand in hand with being a prophetic voice. Because of these words that Jesus speaks, those in his village become so angry with him that they nearly throw him off a cliff! Have you or someone you love ever faced difficulty or persecution from those closest to you/them? What was the cause of this division? Was it ever resolved? Did you observe any truth to Jesus’ claim that “no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown?” (5 sentences)


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