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National Catholic Sisters Week

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National Catholic Sisters Week  is launching this year during the second week of March (March 8-14) as part of National Women’s History Month.

As I read the NCR article, I was excited about the following –

In an attempt to record untold stories by women who have served for decades in challenging ministries, St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota is sponsoring a student-led initiative. Students are producing interviews or short films about sisters they know to create an extensive oral history.

“As a student producer I will connect with a sister and hear her story,” said St. Catherine student Dominique Caya. “Not by just asking her in an interview style, though that will be part of it, but more, getting to know her on a personal level. While doing this I will blog about it, either in writing or video, and post my sister’s story on social media.”

This would be a wonderful project for any religious education class (schools or parish catechetical programs) to engage in.  Many of our religious education students are creating videos in their everyday classes.  Why not invite them to share their talents in creating video stories of sisters they may know or may be meeting for the first time.

If you’re not sure how to conduct this type of project with your students, the following links will help you:

You may also wish to visit “SisterStories: How Did I Know” website.  There are some wonderful suggestions here for you to celebrate the gift of religious women in our church.

(c) 2014 Cerveny

Vocation: God’s Call

Welcome back after celebrating the Gift of Jesus in our lives and welcoming a New Year! Just around the corner is National Vocation Awareness Week – January 13 – 19, 2013.

For our young people to understand God’s Call in their lives, I’ve been involved with my parish community in shaping and forming a lesson for Grades 7 & 8 that will engage these students in using technology to learn more about religious life, priesthood and the deaconate, marriage, single life and lay ecclesial communities.

I am sharing this lesson with you as you may wish to use this lesson with your junior high students (Grades 7 & 8).

Objective:

Students will create digital posters using Glogster to explain a vocation to: married life, single life, religious life, lay ecclesial community, priesthood, or deaconate by…

  • Research – What is your understanding of this vocation? How would you explain this vocation to a friend in 2 or 3 sentences? (refer to listed Web links).
  • Interview – Ask: How do you follow Christ in your vocation? Prepare other questions for your interview.
  • Summarize Interview – Write one paragraph that summarizes the interview by completing the following:

o Married Vocation: – “It is important to have married couples serving their families and others in our church because…”
o Single Life: “It is important to have single members to serve Christ and others in our church because…”
o Religious Sisters: “It is important to have sisters to serve Christ and others in our church because…”
o Religious Brothers: “It is important to have brothers to serve Christ and others in our church because…”
o Lay Ecclesial Communities: “It is important to have lay ecclesial communities to serve Christ and others in our church because…”
o Priests: “It is important to have priests to serve Christ and others in our church because…”
o Deacons: “It is important to have deacons to serve Christ and others in our church because…”

  • Photos – Create a photo story that shows how others in this vocation live their lives to serve Christ and others. (Use 3 to 5 photo’s)

What you will need:

A Glogster Account (FREE) – Glogster EDUcator Free is a limited version of the Light and Premium platforms. Teachers and students have access to all Glog creation features and enjoy a completely ad-free environment. The Free product gives you the ability to generate and manage a limited number of student accounts (10). Additional students can register under your account using your Glogster Teacher code, but cannot be accessed or managed. Any additional Student’s work can be shared through URL posting. If you would like additional students, full classroom management capabilities, including the ability to assign projects, manage portfolios, and create presentations, consider an upgrade to EDUcator Light or EDUcator Premium.

 Note: There are three options when creating student accounts: (1) create an ID and PW for each student (for the free version you are limited to 10 student accounts. (2) Group your students so that they are working in small groups and will share a group ID and PW with those who are in their working group, or (3) create a class ID and PW and share with ALL students, it is also possible to create their individual or group Glogs under the same username and password.

Access to the Internet (Home or School Computer Lab) so that students can use Glogster EDU (http://edu.glogster.com/ ) to create a digital poster for an assigned vocation category. (To learn the basics of Glogster go to – Glogster . Catechist/Teacher will need to set-up student accounts.

 Assign Topics: Slips of paper with one of the following: (1) Married Life (2) Single Life (3) Religious Life (Sisters), (4) Religious Life (Brothers), (5) Priesthood (Diocesan), (6) Priesthood (Religious), (7) Deacon (8) Lay Ecclesial Communities (Make enough slips so that ALL students will get to pick ONE of these areas or have a list of these areas and invite students to sign-up for a topic.)

 Interview List: Prepare a list of potential married couples, etc. who are willing to be interviewed by students for this project. The interview could happen by phone, SKYPE, or face-to-face.

 Videos: Choose one of the following videos to give an overview of the concept of “vocation.”

• Christian Vocation: It All Begins With A Call

 • A Calling for Everyone

Christian Vocation: It All Begins With a Call

 • Catholic Vocations – A Gift of God’s Love

 Tools: Computers (or iPad, other Tablets, or Smartphones) for each student or group. (Note: If you do not have access to a computer lab during your class session. This is a project that could be completed at home. If students do not have a computer or Internet access, this is an opportunity for team work. )

 Jump Drives: If creating the project in the school lab, invite students to bring a jump drive so that they can download any work they want to save or use (e.g., photo’s that they have researched).

Web links:
Marriage: http://foryourmarriage.org/the-vocation-of-marriage/
Lay Ecclesial Communities: http://www.milesjesu.com/ or http://livingwatercommunity.com/community.htm
Single Vocation: http://catholicsinglevocation.wordpress.com/
Religious Life (Priests, Brothers, Sisters) – http://www.digitalvocationguide.org/vision/2013#pg1 or www.vocationnetwork.org/?gclid=CKe344rFtbQCFRQcnAoddjAApA
Deacons – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/the-role-of-deacons-in-the-catholic-church.html  and http://catholicdeacon.org/Deacon%20Articles.htm
Priesthood – http://nypriest.com/for-starters/what-is-a-priest.html

 Sites students can use for Royalty Free and Creative Commons Photos:
Free Photos – http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
Free Photo Bank – http://www.freephotobank.org/main.php or Pics4Learning – http://pics4learning.com/

Student Worksheet:
Make copies of the Student Worksheet (ONE for each student)

Procedure:
1. Review with students that our Baptism is a call to the fullness of life. Our vocation is the special way which God wants to give us that fullness of life through love. Identify the vocations to married life, to consecrated single life, to religious life, and to the priesthood and deaconate.
2. Show one of the VOCATION videos.
3. Invite students to describe how they understand what is meant by “vocation.”
4. Students are assigned to (or invited to choose) a vocation category (married life, etc.)
5. Then direct the students to explain this vocation to a friend in 2 or 3 sentences. Direct the students to the suggested links to research their topic.
6. Guide the students in how to prepare their questions for their interview. Have students work alone to prepare their questions. Then invite them to share their questions in class. Refer the students to the suggested list to schedule an interview. Or, invite these persons to be present for the class so that they may be interviewed by the students.
7. Students would then be given instruction on how to make a digital poster using Glogster.edu. Show examples of a digital poster – for example: Vocation Week or Love.
8. Students would go to: http://edu.glogster.com using their ID and the password. (PW). (Teacher sets up student account – see previous note)
9. Students will use the information from class , interview, and research and put it into Glogster using the following format:

 a. Title: Name of (Vocation) or a Title that fits your theme
b. Explain this vocation to a friend in 2 or 3 sentences.
c. Interview Summary: One paragraph using the sentence stem…(See above)
d. Use 3 to 5 photo’s that is a photo story of how those you have interviewed live their lives to serve Christ and others.

 10. Note: If students are unable to complete their “Glog” invite them to complete it at home. If they are still working on their glog, make sure they choose “Unfinished.” If they are ready to publish, check “Finished.”
11. When the Glogs are complete, there are a variety of ways you can share these with the parish community:

 a. Work with your Parish Webmaster to have a page created on the parish website about Vocation Week. After you have reviewed the work, choose which Glogs are to be added to the parish website. Write an announcement in your parish bulletin about this project and invite members of the parish to visit this page.
b. Add the links (or embed) the glog in your class wiki or blog.
c. Invite students to send the link to their glog to members of their family.

12. Wrap Up: Students could show their Glogs to the class using a computer and LCD Projector.

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