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plan for us that begins in creation and will end when Jesus comes again in glory is the Creed we proclaim and the faith we teach The Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the Apostles’ Creed in presenting Christian faith because this creed is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome and is considered a faithful summary of the Apostles’ faith  It is the “oldest Roman catechism” (CCC #194, 196) The Catechism places the mystery of the Church as a section under the mystery of the Holy Spirit  It emphasizes the three professions:1  I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth 2  I believe in Jesus Christ,the only Son of God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, was buried, descended into hell, onthe third day rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father 3  I believe in the HolySpirit, the holy catholic Church, communion of saints, forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the dead, and life everlasting The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies orient religious instruction toward participation in Sunday worship  They draw young people into the mystery of God-with-us when we gather in Jesus’ name, when we hear the Word, when we celebrate Eucharist  They support the Catechism’s summons to hand ona holistic faith, not simply faith believed, but faith celebrated, lived, and prayed (the four sustaining pillars of catechesis) In its Scope and Sequence Charts and unit overviews in the Teaching Guides, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies list the doctrinal or faith statements that flow from the Gospels of the32 Sundays for which the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies are published  The chart also identifies the section in the Catechism that explicates the listed doctrinal statements Every level of the PflaumGospel Weeklies also provides age- appropriate catechesis for children in the Sacraments, Christianlife, and prayer, the Catechism’s second, third, and fourth pillarsof catechesis  Easy-to-read charts found in the seventh chapter of each level’s Resource Manual detail the content of each level with regard to each of these “pillars” across the three Lectionary cycles In the document The Churchin the Modern World, the Second Vatican Council calls Christians to active social concern  The Catechism emphasizes that “the Church’s social teaching proposes principles for reflection; it provides criteria for judgment; it gives guidelines for action” (CCC #2423) Participation in Catholic social teaching is core to living the faith; educating for social teaching ispart of the Church’s catechetical mission In the study Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions,the United States bishops call catechetical programs in schools, colleges, and parishes to integrate Catholic social teaching into their catechesis  Toward achieving this goal, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Scope and Sequence Charts identify where in each edition and Lectionary cycle the Weeklies explore ways to practice the seven principles of Catholic social teaching The Liturgical YearAdventCreation from beginning to end is in God’s hands.God revealed himself to the People of Israel.ChristmasJesus is God’s Son incarnate.Lent/EasterJesus is God’s Son, whose death and Resurrection redeem us.Sundays of Easter/PentecostThe Spirit of Jesus abides with us.Sundays in Ordinary TimeThe Church and the Christian life of graceCatechism of the Catholic ChurchApostles’ CreedI believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.I believe in Jesus, the only Son of God, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.Jesus Christ suffered, died, and was buried, and on the third day rose again.Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.I believe in the Holy Spirit.I believe in the holy catholic Church,the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.8

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