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liturgical catechesis2 ChapterGospel Weeklies, however, do much more.The Weeklies build on the foundation of the Sunday Gospelsa comprehensive instruction in Catholic doctrine, liturgy and sacraments, the commandments of the old and new law, and prayer— the four pillars and fundamental tasks of catechesis. This chapter explores the relationship between the Gospel narratives of the lectionary and liturgical year and the faith we profess in the Apostles’ Creed, the first pillar of catechesis.Faith has both a heart and a headChapterThe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies center catechetical instruction around Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels.Many call this a lectionary-based approach to catechesis. However, the Weeklies do more than help teachers prepare students for the Sunday scripture readings. The Weeklies make liturgical catechesis their entry point for full catechesis “in all the dimensions of faith: as it is known, as it is celebrated, as it is lived, and as it is prayed” (NDC 94).The National Directory for Catechesis states: “The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life ofthe Holy Trinity” (NDC 55). The General Directory for Catechesis explains that “to show who Jesus Christ is, his life and ministry, and to present the Christian faith as the following of his person, (catechesis) must base itself constantly on the Gospels, which are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior” (GDC #41).By basing their comprehensive catechetical process on the Church’s cycles of Sunday Gospels, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies center catechesis on the mystery of JesusChrist, incarnate Word and saving Redeemer, who reveals God, sends the Spirit, and gathers the Church. The yearly sequence of this mystery becomes the table of contents for liturgical catechesis.The lessons of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies flow from the Sunday scriptures of the liturgical year. Some liturgical programs provide the Liturgy of the Word for children. Some provide questions and activities for families on Sunday Gospel themes. Some provide away to help children prepare to hear the Sunday readings. The PflaumLiturgical Catechesis1. Synchronizes the school calendar with the Church’s liturgical calendar of seasons and feasts.2. Centers catechesis on the Gospels and Scripture readings of the Sunday Liturgy of the Word.3. Articulates how traditions and doctrines flow from the Gospels.4. Relates the Gospels to young people’s lives andto contemporary issues and concerns.5. Features examples of contemporary Christians who model living Jesus’ way in our time.6. Includes handbooks, What the Church Believes and Teaches, at each level, to anchor each edition in the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.7. Provides creative hands-on activities, discussions, and projects.8. Is easy to teach with minimal preparation.9. Provides a tool for conversation at home that unites school, parish, and family.10. Provides realistic stories for religion discussions.7

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