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LITURGICAL CATECHESISChapter 2The 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 the Sunday Scripture readings with children  The Weeklies make liturgical catechesis their entry point for full catechesis “in all the dimensionsof 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 of the 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 Jesus Christ, 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 a way to help children prepare to hear the Sunday readings  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, however, do much more The Weeklies build on the foundation of the Sunday Gospels a 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 theLectionary and Liturgical Year and the faith we profess in the Apostles’ Creed, the first pillar of catechesis Faith has both a heart anda head meaning  It is both relationship and revelation  It is both the faith by which one believes, a relationship of total adherence, and the faith which one believes— the content of revelation, the Christian message (NDC 45) What Is the Lectionary?The Lectionary is the Church’s book of Scripture readings, organized for reading aloud at worship  The Sunday Lectionary selects from the 73 books of the Bible the Scripture passages to be read aloud on thePflaum Gospel Weeklies1. Synchronizes the school calendar with the Church’s liturgical calendar of seasons and feasts 2. Articulates how traditions and doctrines  ow from the Gospels 3. Relates the Gospels to young people’s lives and to contemporary issues and concerns 4. Features examples of contemporary Christians who model living Jesus’ way in our time 5. Incorporates the proper Liturgical Year color for each week’s lesson 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 5

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