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Combined AgesIn this model, adults participate in children’s groups and sharethe role of catechists  The adults gather with children in any or all of the age-level groups, making the groups intergenerational  One or two catechists lead the groups and help keep the focus on the children This model invites children into an experience of parish family  They get to know other children and adults in their groups  They hear the Gospels with grown-ups who are committed to living the Word and experience their direct support in growing up Christian  This model offers particular help to single parents  In addition, all can benefit through role modeling and mentoring For each weekly parish night, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provide real- life stories about children’s issues and about Christian adults that the group can discuss  The Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is presented in ready-to-proclaim reader parts, and with hands-on, age-appropriate activities for involving young people in reflecting on what Jesus asks of them Parishes have to decide locally how to take advantage of the features in Venture and Visions that make them comprehensive according to catechetical guidelines, namely:1  Introduction to liturgical seasons and the Seven Sacraments;2  The story of God’s love in the Old Testament;3  Saints and contemporary Christians who show us ways to follow Jesus wholeheartedly Sunday Meeting TimeMany parishes have discoveredthe value of Sunday morning asa time for catechesis both for children and adults  In rural areas churches that used to be thescene of two or three Masses each weekend now celebrate one  The congregation that attended three Masses now gathers together at the same time  While this sometimes creates scheduling hardships for individuals, this gathering has also been a blessing for the life of the parish Pastors, Associate Pastors, and Directors of Religious Education take advantage of the single parish gathering for Eucharist to usethat same Sunday morning or Saturday time for catechesis  All the children and youth meet at one time—either the hour before Eucharist or the hour after  Some parishes include adult reflection groups for the parents who bring the children to these sessionsand for other adults who want to come  Centering catechesis on theLectionary works well to lead the community into fuller participation in Eucharist together In urban and suburbanareas some people who have to work afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays have time on Sunday morning to join in teachingyoung people or participating in adult reflection groups  To foster community and to provide busy parishioners time when they can participate in parish activitieswith greater ease, some parishes schedule parish Sunday morning time  Mass times may be scheduled a bit farther apart, perhaps 8:30 a m  and 11:00 a m , to allow fora comfortable 9:30-10:30 hour for liturgical catechesis for children  Adults participate either by joining in the children’s groups so that their catechesis happens in an intergenerational setting or by forming adult liturgical reflection groups or other kinds of groups Family/Parish-Wide Catechesis1. The whole parish becomes more fully involved as the catechist of the young 2. Single parents benefit from the involvement of other adults with their children 3. Children recognize that Jesus’ Gospel teaching and values are for adults, not just children 4. Children experience the assembly outside of worship as people work at living anddoing the Word they hear and celebrate on Sunday 5. Children hearten adults  Adults model Christian living for children and for each other 6. Parents are involved in their children’s formal catechesis 7. Whole parish experiences an intergenerational social dimension For more information on this program model, visit gospelweeklies com/catechists-teachers/18


































































































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