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Chapter 1OVERVIEWCatechesis refers to the oral, face-to-face teaching through which one generation of Christians announces the Good Newsof Jesus’ death, Resurrection, Ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit to another and calls themto faith in Jesus, his Father and Spirit, Three Divine Persons in one love  Catechesis is every Christian’s work and essential to the Church’s mission to evangelize The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: What the Church Believes and Teaches has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church  Any parish can use this faith formation program as its basic faith formation series  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides catechists with tools for evangelization and catechesis—for planting and nurturing God’s Word, especially the Gospels, in the good ground of young people’s lives  The Weeklies join in the Church’s mission to hand on Jesus’ good news to all nations and every new generation The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults...with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (CCC #5)  In initiating new Christians, catechesis must welcome and involve young people in our prayer, our worship, our moral life, and our belief in the mystery of God’s love that Jesus reveals and that unfolds in our universe The Pflaum Gospel Weekliesaim to educate children in the Catholic faith and incorporate them into the life of the Christiancommunity  The Weeklies buildon the faith life of familiesand encourage their lessons to continue at home  The edition levels provide ongoing, age- appropriate catechesis of all Jesus reveals about his Father and Spirit in Scripture and Tradition and foster an openness to lifelong transformation in Christ One becomes a Christian not just through learning information about Christian faith but through transforming practice—muchas one learns golf  One can’tlearn golf by watching the Golf Channel, or reading books on the correct grip, the best clubs, the perfect stance, the ideal swing  To become a golfer, one needs more than knowledge of golf’s originsas a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century, when players hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs, and tracks with a stick or primitive club  One needs more than knowledge of statistics, the sport’s rules, its most challenging courses, and its greatest players To become a golfer, one hasto play and practice  Perhaps a friend intrigues you about the fun and benefits of the sport  You take lessons, imitate other players you admire, learn from the feedback of golfers you play with  You begin a process of becoming a golfer  Practice transforms you Evangelization and conversion happen much the same way  People’s lived faith intrigues others and testifies to the truth of faith in Jesus  People become Christians asthey see and imitate other people living their faith through word, worship, community life, and through service  The young people who use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies become a Christian community that prays together, reflects onthe Gospel together, seeks to live Jesus’ commandments, and joins in parish and school worship and service Tasks of CatechesisThe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies incorporate the six tasks of catechesis that the National Directory of Catechesis outlines  The Weeklies promote:1  Knowledge of faith  In the Weeklies children meet Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels, learn God’s self-revelation to the Israelites, and explore at appropriate ages the meaning of the Church’s Creed, Sacraments, and common prayers (NDC 60) 2  The meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments  Children develop the habit of reflecting uponJesus’ teachings in the Gospels, learn how to participate in the Eucharist, learn the signs and meanings of the Sacraments, and grow in “active, conscious genuine participation in the liturgy of the Church” (NDC 60) 3  Moral formation in Jesus Christ Walking in Jesus’ footsteps means living out his commandments, Sermon on the Mount, and personal example  With the Weeklies children develop the3

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