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Session 5

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WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING THIS MONTH?

An  understanding of the life of Mary and the risks she took in saying “yes” to being the mother of God.


BRINGING THIS SESSION HOME 

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Origin of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 

  • Parents are to teach their child on the origin of the title “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”.
  • When your child returns to class next month s/he should know the following:
  • Mount Carmel is a mountain range in Northern Israel
  • A religious order known as the Carmelites started in these mountains
  • St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite priest, received an apparition of Mary where she gave St. Simon the Brown Scapular. This apparition has become known as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”.

Parents are asked to have a discussion/presentation with their child using the following information about the origin of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Mount Carmel is a coastal mountain range in the Northern part of Israel. The Hebrew name for this place is  Har ha Karmell, meaning “God’s vineyard or garden”.  The mountain range is made mostly of limestone and known for its lush vegetation.

It is also filled with caves where many people, including criminals sought refuge over the centuries. It is believed that the Prophet Elijah lived on this mountain for some time.

Somewhere between 1189 and 1191, a group of penitent Christian men from Europe came to Mount Carmel and decided to remain there following the example of the Prophet Elijah and “to live in the footsteps of Jesus Christ”. These men became known as the Carmelite hermits.

As they settled in, they built a chapel in one of the caves dedicated to Mary. Now with Mary, the Mother of Jesus as their Patron, the group became known as the Brothers of St. Mary of Mount Carmel.

In 1247, Pope Innocent V accepted the Carmelites as a religious order for men within the church. They would now be called Carmelite Friars. By this time, the Friars had already left their original home on Mount Carmel. The Saracens, who were reconquering the Holy Land had driven the Carmelites back into Europe where they flourished.

By 1452 a group of women also decided to join the Carmelites, creating an order of nuns.

Over the centuries, the Carmelite Orders for both men and women have grown are can be found on just about every continent. Some of their members have been great contributors to Church teaching and have been named Saints within the Church.

Some of the most Prominent Carmelite Saints include:

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St. Therese
of The Child Jesus
(also known as St. Therese of Lisieux
or St. Therese the Little Flower)
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St. Simon Stock
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St. John of the Cross
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St. Edith Stein
(also known as Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)

 

HOW DID MARY BECOME ASSOCIATED WITH MOUNT CARMEL?

St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite friar, lived in England during the mid 1200’s. He was elected the leader of the Carmelite friars and given the title Superior-General.

On July 16, 1251 during a time when the Carmelite Order was being oppressed, Simon received an apparition of Mary while in Cambridge, England. With this apparition, Mary gave to Simon what is now referred to as the brown scapular.

Mary said to Simon, “Receive my beloved son, this scapular of they Order, it is a special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel.”

From that time forward, the Carmelite friars refer to Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and have spread word of her apparition to everyone.

That is how Mary received the title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Simon Stock receives the brown scapular from Mary.

SOURCES:
Printed Books:
2000 The Catholic Source Book. Brown ROA Publishing, Orlando, FL

Web Sources:
Order of Carmelites Official Webpage – Origins of the Carmelites (http://ocarm.org/en/content/ocarm/origin)
Catholic Online: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=746


How to Pray the Rosary


Along with the above lesson on Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we ask that you please make sure your child knows how to say the rosary.

Your child should follow along on an actual set of rosary beads as well.

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ADVENT / CHRISTMAS RESOURCES

Great movie to watch:

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Click here for a clip!

Ideas for Advent:

Purple is for Advent (PDF)

el Purpura es para el Adviento (PDF)

Prayers to say as a family:

Blessing the Nativity (PDF) 

Blessing the Christmas Tree (PDF)

Blessing the Home (PDF)

Prayer for the New Year (PDF)


ONE STEP AHEAD:  PARENT SESSION RESOURCES

Mary in Two Minutes (video)
The Top Ten Titles of Mary by Dan Valenti (article)
Bernadette & Lourdes with Fr. Robert Baron (video)
You Don’t Know Jack ...Immaculate Conception (video)
You Don’t Know Jack ...Assumption (video)
Titles of Mary (website)
On the Virgin Birth by Mike Hayes (article)


GOING OFF THE DEEP END 
QueenofHeaven

Taking Yourself to a Deeper level. The Queenship of Mary sounds so "old fashioned" but how does this title given to Mary, The Queen of Heaven, challenge us in today's society. Fr. Robert Barron explains in this short video.

 

 

 


JUMPING AHEAD


Next month, we will be taking a look at the structure of the church.

But, the church is more than just a building! Your children will find out more about that in next month's session.

Right now, however, in order to prepare for the topic, please watch this video clip with your child on the Nicene Creed, which we say every week at Mass. Then, have a discussion using the questions below.

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THE CREED 

(Click to watch video)

QUESTIONS to discuss: 

1. Take a look at the Nicene Creed. Which line jumps out at you? why?

2. What part is the easiest for you to understand?

3. What part is most difficult? 

4. Share what is your favorite thing about being Catholic?


PHOTO OF THE MONTH


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GLOSSARY
Terms for this month Every Person Should Know
Mount Carmel
Carmelite Order
St. Simon Stock
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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION OF THE MONTH!
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TOUGH TOPICS 
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