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UNIT 1 OVERVIEW: We Are the ChurchCreedSacraments & LiturgyLife in ChristChristian PrayerThe Church is the People of God (CCC, 777)Jesus uses parables to teachLearning about Jesus togetherVineyard prayerGod makes us free to choose (CCC, 1799–1800)Saints: Saint Francis and Saint Clare of AssisiDecisions of consciencePrayers of petitionJesus invites us to faith (CCC, 179–80)Sacrament of BaptismBelonging to a ChurchThe Lord’s PrayerJesus teaches us hospitality (CCC, 561, 1971)Liturgy and the parts of the MassO ering hospitality to everyoneBlessing Before MealsThe People of God build community (CCC, 752)PhariseesHonoring GodPrayers of petitionThe People of God love with whole selves (CCC, 228, 2055)All Saints’ Day; All Souls’ DayEmpathy for othersLitany of SaintsThe People of God serve others (CCC, 459, 859)Sacrament of Matrimony and Holy OrdersServing others; sharing our giftsCommitment to serving othersThe People of God pray (CCC, 2623–25)The Responsorial PsalmChoices and consequencesTurn to God alwaysUnit 1 Gospel BackgroundIn the Sunday Gospels of Unit 1, Jesus uses parables to engage the chief priests and elders who challenge his authority. He also responds to tricky questions that Pharisees raise about taxes and which law is greatest.The catechetical year parallels the school year in most parishes, beginning in September and ending in May. The liturgical year, however, begins in Advent and concludes in late November. Throughout 2017, the Church has read the Year A Scripture readings, which follow Matthew’s Gospel. In September and October, we read from Matthew 20–22.The Gospels on these autumn Sundays may be difficult ones for us to hear. In several of them, the king or master kills off those who disobey or disappoint him. Why does Jesus, who preaches love of neighbor as one of the great commandments, tell stories like this?Jesus tells parables that invite hearers to see themselves in the story. Matthew ties the meaning of the parables to eventsin the early decades of the Church’s history—to the Roman destruction of the Temple in a.d. 70, to the spread of Jesus’ Good News among Gentiles in greater numbers than Jews, to the growing separation between Christian Jews and Jews who follow other rabbis. Through these lessons, Venture stresses what Jesus’ original parables ask of us today.Matthew also has an apocalyptic bent. He likes to threaten that not everyone will be worthy to be with Jesus at his  nal coming; some will be gnashing their teeth. Venture stresses the Good News of Jesus’ love for us.What’s New for 2017-18Over the last year, we met with teachers, catechists, and program directors who use the P aum Gospel Weeklies with their children. We asked questions, we listened, and we hope that the changes we’ve made will help you bring the Gospel to your children in even more meaningful lasting ways.We expanded the lesson plans to help you pace the Weeklies for how you use them, whether your class meets every day or every week. We’ve worked with teachers to develop Curriculum Connections that tie the Weeklies to other learning areas, including language arts, social studies, math, and science. The new Catholic Identity Projects were developed to help connect children to the larger Church.We’ve also recently launched GROW—Gospel Resources of theWeek—a new blog that brings the Sunday Gospels, saints, feasts,prayers, and timely free printables together in one GROWknow how we’re doing—either on the GROW blog or at editor@p Gospel Resources of the WeekblogAll numbers in parentheses refer to sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. Please recycle this teaching guide properly. Thank you.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-3

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