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For Catechists and TeachersJesus Is the Heart of CatechesisIn Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis urges us catechists to make Jesus’ Good News “ring out over and over. Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen, and free you” (164). Children need to know this Good News of Jesus’ love so they can live in a spirit of joy, peace, and love. When children appreciate God’s gifts and are happy with themselves and others, they live the Gospels and are living examples of God’s presence in the world.Liturgy-Based CatechesisCatechesis centered in the Sunday Gospels immerses children in the mystery of Christ in the same way adults meet Jesus—inour worship. The parish assembly becomes a witness to its young members of the value of listening to Jesus’ Word and shaping our lives around his message and example. Through liturgy-centered catechesis, we enter, with the children we teach, into the mystery of Christ and discover the meaning of our lives in him.Each Good News lesson teaches both Scripture and doctrine, which together form Catholic Tradition. The What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook for Good News ampli es andsummarizes the Catholic Tradition that each lesson teaches. The shaded yellow box in each week’s lesson plan provides a lesson-within-a-lesson, connecting the Sunday Gospel with corresponding Church teaching that appears in the handbook.Unit 1 Gospel BackgroundThe catechetical year parallels the school year in most parishes, beginning in September and ending in May. The liturgical year, however, begins with Advent and concludes in late November. Throughout 2017, the Church has read the Cycle A Scripture readings that follow the Gospel of Matthew.In September–November, we are reading Gospels from Matthew 20–25. In these Gospels, 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 setting is the Temple in Jerusalem.The Gospels on these autumn Sundays are difficult ones for us to hear. In some of them, the king or master kills off those who disobey or disappoint him. Why does Jesus, who preaches love of neighbor as part of the Great Commandment, tell stories like this?Jesus tells parables that invite hearers to see themselves in the story. Matthew ties the meaning of the parables to events in the early decades of the Church’s history—to the RomanDate/SundaySunday GospelsBibleCatholic Social TeachingSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 20:1–16a God Is GenerousSunday Scripture readingsCall to family and communityOctober 1, 201726th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 21:28–32 God’s WillGospel tells Jesus’ storyOctober 8, 201727th Sunday in Ordinary TimeOctober 22, 201729th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 21:33–43 God’s VineyardSunday Scripture readingsCall to family and communityOctober 15, 201728th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 22:1–14 Wedding FeastOld Testament:Ten CommandmentsCall to family and communityMatthew 22:15–21 Caesar and GodEighth CommandmentOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 22:34–40 Great CommandmentJesus’ Great Commandment: loveSolidarityNovember 5, 201731st Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 23:1–12The Servant Is GreatestJesus’ disciplesOption for poor and vulnerableNovember 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:1–13 Foolish ChoicesTG1-2Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, May 3, 2017GOOD NEWS Teaching Guide (supplement to Pflaum Gospel Weeklies) copyright © 2017 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Editorial Director: David Dziena; Editor: Joan McKamey; Designer: Jennifer Poferl. Page TG1-2 art: © Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim Burrows. Printed in the USA. Material in this supplement may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.For free at-home activities, visit NEW Gospel WeekliesWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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