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in an individualistic culture, can experience community with God and their neighbors. The lived faith of family and neighbors reinforces Jesus’ call to them in the Gospels.The LiturgicalYear Celebratesthe CreedCatechesis that follows the lectionary and liturgical year is both Christocentric and trinitarian like the Creed in which we profess our main Christian beliefs:● I believe in God the Father and Creator;● I believe in Jesus Christ;● I believe in the Holy Spirit; ● I believe in the holy catholicChurch.Christocentric catechesis seesJesus Christ as the center of salvation history and its ultimate meaning (NDC 76). Christocentric catechesis leads to trinitarian catechesis because Jesus lives and ministers in communion with his Father and Spirit and reveals their life to us (NDC 77).Since 2010, handbooks entitledWhat the Church Believes and Teaches have accompanied each edition of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. These books, which have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, call out and make explicit the doctrinal teachings thatflow from the Gospels. These books identify content in the Weeklies with all four pillars of catechesis—creed, liturgy, morality, prayer.The liturgical year, which begins with Advent, unfolds the mystery of Jesus—● from his incarnation and birth (Christmas),● to his suffering, death, resurrection, ascension (Lent/ Easter),Advent/Christmas-EpiphanyThe First Readings and Gospels of Advent immerse the Church in God’s promises to Israel and the prophets’ visions of a Spirit-filled messiah, a leader to be God-with-us, a bringer of peace among people of good will. We meet the holy men and women who prepared Jesus’ way— Isaiah, David, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, Elizabeth.Christmas celebrates God becoming one of us in Jesus, born in Bethlehem, the glory of Israel and the hope of all nations. Jesus is God’s Son, the incarnate Word, who comes from God to bring us to God, who becomes human to make us divine.Baptism of the Lord/2nd-9th Sundays in Ordinary TimeThe Baptism of the Lord, which comes after Epiphany in January, begins the story of Jesus’ ministry. His baptism shows that Jesus is God’s beloved, Spirit-filled Son. On the 2nd-9th Sundays in Ordinary Time we read about the first days of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee in Mark (Cycle B), from Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew (Cycle A), from his sermon on the plain in Luke (Cycle C).Lent/EasterThe 40-day season of Lent leads the whole Church through a yearly renewal and celebration of the mystery of Jesus’ redemptive death and resurrection. The Lenten Sunday Gospels call us to journey with Jesus in faith through his death to his resurrection and transform our lives through the life-giving power of his love.The Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil/Easter) celebrates Jesus’ last supper, death on the cross, and resurrection from the dead. At the Easter Vigil liturgy, the Church baptizes, confirms, and shares Eucharist with new members as the culmination of the RCIA process.Sundays of Easter/PentecostOn the Sundays of Easter the Church reads from John’s Gospel, especially from Jesus’ farewell discourse in chapters 13-17. The risen Jesus is the good shepherd and the vine of whom we are the branches.In these Gospels Jesus describes the work of the Spirit and teaches his new commandment: “love one another as I have loved you.” Ascension celebrates Jesus’ return to God. Pentecost celebrates his sending of the Spirit to set his disciples’ tongues afire with the good news of redemption for people of all the earth. This feast is the birthday of the Church. It frequently falls near the culmination of the school year.10th-33rd Sundays in Ordinary Time, Christ the KingThe liturgical year moves Jesus’ death and resurrection to the center of its narration of his story. During summer and fall Christians hear the Gospels of Ordinary Time as the words of the already-risen Christ to the community that continues his mission.9

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