RE News: Meaghan Younger
Religious Education Curriculum
This term the students in 1/2 will be exploring the story of Noah and the Great Flood in the bible. When looking at the World Behind the Text we first of all have to decide upon the Scripture being used. For the purposes of this learning, the Noah story will be taken to include Genesis 6: 1-9:17. In Genesis 6-8, there are two stories of the Great Flood. Flood stories were a common theme in the ancient literature of the Middle East. These stories have been intermingled and combined by editors to form the text commonly known as the Story of Noah and the Flood. The older of the stories is found in Genesis 6:8-10; 7:1-10, 16c; 8:6-12, 20-22. This story comes from 1000 BCE and may have Egyptian influence. The newer story is found in Genesis 6:9-22; 7:11-24; 8:1-5, 13-19; 9:1-17, and comes from 500 BCE with Babylonian influence. As a result, the edited story has a number of contradictions. We remember when we unpack Scripture that we believe the bible contains truth, not necessarily facts.
World of The Text. We know that the Noah Story is essentially a narrative. To help students explore narratives, students will focus on:
- Plot: What is going to happen?
- Setting: Where will the story take place? When will the story take place?
- Characterisation: Who are the main characters? What do they look like?
- Structure: How will the story begin? What will be the problem? How is the problem going to be resolved?
- Theme: What is the theme / message the writer is attempting to communicate?
To explore the World In Front of the Text we will ponder some very big questions. These could include:
- For whom might this text be relevant today?
- How might a modern reader gain a deeper awareness of this text?
- How might this text be used/applied in contemporary contexts?
Religious Life of St Michael’s School Community
In May we celebrate Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother too. *Why is May called “Mary’s Month”? Among Catholics, May is most well-known as “Mary’s Month,” a specific month of the year when special devotions are performed in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are many different factors that contributed to this association. First of all, in ancient Greece and Rome the month of May was dedicated to pagan goddesses connected to fertility and springtime (Artemis and Flora, respectively). This, combined with other European rituals commemorating the new season of spring, led many Western cultures to view May as a month of life and motherhood. This was long before “Mother’s Day” was ever conceived, though the modern celebration is closely related to this innate desire to honour maternity during the spring months.
In the early Church there is evidence of a major feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated on the 15th of May each year, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that May received a particular association with the Virgin Mary. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “The May devotion in its present form originated at Rome where Father Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus, to counteract infidelity and immorality among the students, made a vow at the end of the eighteenth century to devote the month of May to Mary. From Rome the practice spread to the other Jesuit colleges and hence to nearly every Catholic church of the Latin rite.”
Perhaps this May it is our chance to dedicate the month to our Holy Mother. Mary was the first disciple of Jesus. She said ‘Yes’ to God in all that was asked of her. Can we make special efforts to say ‘Yes’ to what God is asking of us?
We wish all of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and special ladies a very happy Mothers’ Day this weekend. May you be spoilt as you richly deserve for all that you do for the children in your lives.
Be sure to look at the prayer service for Mothers’ Day. It is found in the Religious Life tab on the remote learning site or by following this link: https://drive.google.com/a/cg.catholic.edu.au/file/d/1oNDAN6KXRGjA1MbZqmR9uIF5BckC8724/view?usp=sharing
Don’t forget there is always daily mass online available at https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/. Our own Father Loi is celebrating Mass each Saturday evening and that is being streamed live on the Our Lady of Perpetual Help –North Belconnen Facebook site.