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Chapter 4
  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies offer Catholic parishes a variety
of models from which to choose
in order to provide liturgical catechesis  Some examples include:
l Basic program with emphasis on liturgical catechesis;
l Family-centered catechesis; l Intergenerational family
l Children’s Liturgy of the Word;
l Families involved in the parish RCIA 
Parishes seeking to provide their young people with a liturgical catechesis-based approach to faith formation can confidently use the Weeklies  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies also help parishes bring crucial scriptural and liturgical features to their schools of religion 
catechetical and faith-sharing tools for parishes that involve parents in catechizing their children  Parishes have great success using the Weeklies to foster faith-sharing groups and to build parish community  If a parish celebrates a separate Liturgy of the Word with its children at Sunday Eucharist, the Weeklies are the perfect tool for catechists to help the children break open the Word  Parishes that have families involved in the RCIA will benefit from the Weeklies’ approach to catechesis, which moves from personal story to Gospel to living the Gospel 
With the addition of What the Church Believes and Teaches, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies offer catechists:
l Knowledge of the Church’s
Creed, Sacraments, common prayers, and moral teachings in the framework of the Church’s liturgical life 
l Gospel-centered catechesis in which children meet Jesus in the Gospel, where the parish encounters and celebrates him in Word and Sacrament 
l A way to develop in children the transformative habit of reflecting on their lives in the light of what Jesus asks in the Sunday Gospels 
l Immersion in a Christian community that listens, shares, forgives, learns together,
and acts on concern for
the poor in response to the Commandments, Beatitudes, and Works of Mercy 
The Weeklies are powerful
A Complete Faith Formation Program
 The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies educate children in Sacred Scripture, the Church’s Tradition, and the teachings of the Church’s Magisterium, its bishops and councils  In its catechesis the Weeklies incorporate children
into the Catholic community
that worships and prays, lives the Gospels, loves God and neighbors, and works for justice in our world 
By centering the Weeklies around the same Gospel that the parish assembly hears at weekend worship, children recognize their parents and the adults in the parish are trying to live what they learn  Worship and parish life affirm
catechesis  In each lesson at each grade level, children meet Jesus Christ in the Gospel  “Jesus Christ is at once the message, the messenger, the purpose of the message, and the consummation of the message,” the National Directory for Catehesis emphasizes (NDC 4) 
Updated lesson each year enable the Weeklies to incorporate current events into the parish religion curriculum  Indeed, the weekly lessons make catechesis as current as people and events in recent news, yet as traditional as the Gospels they proclaim and the Catholic doctrine that flows from the Gospels  The catechism handbooks, What the
Church Believes and Teaches, provide a non-changing component to the program that lesson plans use to make explicit the content of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reflected in each week’s Gospels, stories, and activities 
The Weeklies’ format, an alternative to the traditional textbook, provides children with high-interest stories and creative, hands-on activities that provide busy catechists with involving learning activities for students 
The Three-Year Scope and Sequence Chart keys the Weeklies to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The chart shows how the Weeklies

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