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OVERVIEW1ChapterChapterCatechesis refers to the belief in the mystery of God’s love lessons, imitate other players youoral, face-to-face teachingthrough which one generation of Christians announces the Good News of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and sending of the Holy Spirit to another and calls them to faith in Jesus, his Father and Spirit, three persons in one love. Catechesis is every Christian’s work and essential to the Church’s mission to evangelize.The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: What the Church Believes and Teaches has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Any school can use this faith formation program as its basic religious education course. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides teachers of the faith with tools for evangelization and catechesis—for planting and nurturing God’s Word, especially the Gospels, in the good ground of young people’s lives. The Weeklies join in the Church’s mission to hand on Jesus’ good news to all nations and every new generation.The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults...with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (CCC #5). In initiating new Christians, catechesis must welcome and involve young people in our prayer, our worship, our moral life, and ourthat Jesus reveals and that unfolds in our universe.The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies aim to educate children in the Catholic faith and incorporate them into the life of the Christian community. The Weeklies build on the faith life of families and encourage their lessons to continue at home. The editions provide ongoing, age-appropriate catechesis of all Jesus reveals about his Father and Spirit in Scripture and Tradition and foster an openness to lifelong transformation in Christ.One becomes a Christian notjust through learning information about Christian faith but through transforming practice—much as one learns golf. One can’t learn golfby watching the Golf Channel, or reading books on the correct grip, the best clubs, the perfect stance, the ideal swing. To become a golfer, one needs more than knowledge of golf’s origins as a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century, when players hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs, and tracks with a stick or primitive club. One needs more than knowledge of statistics, the sport’s rules, its most challenging courses, and its greatest players.To become a golfer, one hasto play and practice. Perhaps a friend intrigues you about the fun and benefits of the sport. You takeadmire, learn from the feedback of golfers you play with. You begin a process of becoming a golfer. Practice transforms you.Evangelization and conversion happen much the same way. People’s lived faith intrigues others and testifies to the truth of faith in Jesus. People become Christiansas they see and imitate other people living their faith through word, worship, community life, and through service. The young people who use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies become a Christian communitythat prays together, reflects on the Gospel together, seeks to live Jesus’ commandments, and joins in parish and school worship and service.Tasks ofCatechesisThe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies incorporate the six tasks of catechesis that the National Directory of Catechesis outlines. The Weeklies promote:Knowledge of faith. In the Weeklies students meet Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels, learn God’s self-revelation in Israel, and explore at appropriate ages the meaning of the Church’s Creed, Sacraments, and common prayers (NDC 60).5

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