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  Echoing the Word August 2015  
  Vol. 14 No. 4, The Liturgical Year    
The Liturgical Year
In this feature article John Frauenfelder explores the liturgical year. He uses three images to describe the liturgical year: the kaleidoscope, an adventure and the way we read the Bible. The liturgical year invites us to reflect more deeply on the Paschal Mystery.
 Editorial
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Editorial
The Liturgical Year
The Church liturgical year is a continuous cycle of reflection and celebration of Jesus Christ; his birth, life and teachings, death and resurrection. The liturgical year draws us deeper into the life and mystery of Jesus Christ.
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 Reviews & Resources
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Children's Literature
Jan Grajczonek reviews Owl Wants to Share at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock, The Lost Girl by Amelin Kwaymullina & Leanne Tobin, and The Wild One by Sonya Hartnett.
 
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Resources for Religious Education
Melanie Dooner reviews David and Goliath of the Catholic childrenís Bible series, We Celebrate the Eucharist by Margaret Smith and the dvd Joshua based on the book by Joseph F. Girzone.
 
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 Liturgies & Activities
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A Year with Jesus
Anne Victorís activity helps children understand the liturgical year by matching the Church seasons with the significant events of Jesusí life and the months of the year.
 
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Celebrating the Liturgical Cycle
and Other Cycles of Life
In this ritual Jennifer Callanan helps students reflect on the yearly cycle of seasons, months, feasts and birthdays. Students reflectively give thanks for the liturgical seasonís celebration of the Paschal Mystery.
 
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Exploring the Seasons of our Lives:
The Weather Seasons and the Liturgical Year
Climatic seasons vary around the planet, even within Australia. Beth Nolen looks at various seasons throughout the year, how they differ between southern Australia and northern Australia, and the cycle of the liturgical year.
 
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The Church Year
Anne Victorísactivity helps children reflect on the character of each season in the Church year and what each might look like.
 
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What Does the Moon Have to do with Easter?
Beth Nolenís activity helps children understand how we calculate the dates for Easter each year. This is an interesting activity integrating Science and Religion.
 
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 Religious Literacy
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Gratitude
Part 1: The Gift of the Every Day
Paige Bullen begins a 3-part series on Gratitude. This article highlights the importance of being present and noticing the gifts God has given us in the every day.
 
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  Scripture
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Feasts and Seasons in Scripture
Stuart Moran examines the feasts and seasons of New Testament times and St Paulís comments on the issue in Galatians 4:10. Some Jewish feasts were transformed into Christian feasts. Other Christian feasts are entirely new.
 
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  Theology
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Contemporary Challenges and the Liturgical Cycle
Tony Densley poses challenging questions about liturgy and the Churchís liturgical year. The challenge is to be faithful to the tradition while seeking new ways the liturgical year can form and inform Catholics today.
 
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Principles of Good Liturgy
Denise Braddon explores the question: What makes a good liturgy? She reminds us of the importance of participation, continuity and structure to name a few. Liturgy must send us into the world to be the body of Christ for all.
 
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The Church's Liturgical Year
Paul Taouk constructs a simple summary of facts of the Churchís liturgical year. This can be used as a classroom poster or a handout for students.
 
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  Social Justice
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Seasons of Justice
Peter Arndt looks at three Sundays of the year the Church dedicates to social justice concerns: Social Justice Sunday, Aboriginal and Islander Sunday and Migrant and Refugee Sunday. Peter outlines where to find resources and reminds us that working and praying for justice is an everyday commitment.
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  For the Catechist
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Ordinary Time
Michele Purcell looks at the significance of Ordinary time in the liturgical year. Ordinary time focuses our attention on the life of Jesus and his teachings Ė his living and preaching the kingdom of God.
 
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The Prayer Space
Michele Purcellreminds us of the importance of a prayer space as a teaching tool in the classroom and its usefulness in teaching children about the liturgical year.
 
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  Movies
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The Giver
Jan Epstein reviews the Science fiction movie The Giver
 
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