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integrate doctrinal instructions with the three Scripture cycles of the Church’s Sunday Lectionary  Each year the User’s Guide provides more detailed Scope and Sequence Chartfor the year  The Teaching Guides provide the Scope and Sequence Chart for each unit Lesson plans for the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies conclude with reviewof doctrinal content by reminding catechists to use the online unit or lesson assessments and the reproducible activities found in each level’s Activity Book Parish Model ONEBasic Program in Parish Faith FormationParishes choose the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies as their approach to faith formation in order to orient the faith formation of parish young people toward worship in the Sunday assembly  This choice immerses a new generation in the mystery of the revealing and redeeming Christ, which the Lectionary brings to our lives Sunday by Sunday during the Liturgy of the Word Some people say, “Today’s young people don’t know their faith  They think religion is just caring and sharing ” Others say, “Today’s young people know much more about what matters in religion than we did when we learned by memorization alone  They are wonderfully involved in serving people in need ” The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies respect both concerns and design each lesson to begin in children’s own real life experiences, to centerin the Sunday Gospels and the doctrinal traditions that flowfrom them, and to open children to service and celebration withand in the Christian community  The What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks provide a way to highlight, review, and summarize Catholic doctrinal teaching in the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies issues Parish staffs vigorously seek ways to meet the needs of young people and their families in today’s world and to build community among huge numbers of busy, diverse parishioners  Liturgical catechesis asks children to hear and live out the same Word their parents andother parish adults hear  This approach demonstrates religion is not just for children  Catechesis of the young is a process continuous with the ongoing conversion of adults Some parishes use the Sunday cycles of Scripture readings asthe center of faith formation for people in the parish of all ages— preschoolers through adults Some parishes with such an overall plan begin parish meetings such as parish council, maintenance committee, or liturgy committee with shared reflection on the upcoming Sunday Gospel  Many parishes encourage adults to join reflection groups on the SundayScriptures  A liturgical approach offers a unified plan for parish renewal High-InterestThe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies offer children a high-interest, up-to-date approach to catechesis designed to bring them and their experience in the third millennium into conversation with their Gospel inheritance, in which Jesus andhis early witnesses still speak to us  The Weeklies provide families with stories and articles that are current and relevant, and activities that connect young people with the Church of today Basic Program in Parish Faith Formation1. Builds catechesis according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church around the cycles of Sunday Scripture readings 2. Integrates the Scripture story of God’s love in our human history with the doctrinal expressions of God’s love in our Christian Creeds 3. Includes the handbooks What the Church Believes and Teaches at each level to anchor each edition in the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.4. Integrates instruction on Sacraments, Commandments, prayer, and Catholic social teaching with the cycles of the Sunday Gospels 5. Synchronizes faith formation with the Sundays, feasts,and seasons that the parish celebrates in worship 6. Involves the parish community, especially the assembly at worship, as living catechists for the young 7. Provides high-interest, contemporary, real-lifestories as a means of helping students grapple with what Jesus in the Gospels asks of us in our time 8. Provides creative, age- appropriate, hands-on activities and projects with each lesson 13

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