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The First Readings and Gospels of Advent immerse the Church in God’s promises to Israel and the prophets’ visions of a Spirit-filled messiah, a leader to be God-with-us, a bringer of peace among people of good will  We meet the holy men and women who prepared Jesus’ way—Isaiah, David, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist, Elizabeth 
Christmas celebrates God becoming one of us in Jesus, born in Bethlehem, the glory of Israel, and the hope of all nations  Jesus is God’s Son, the incarnate Word, who comes from God to bring us to God, who becomes human to make us divine 
Baptism of the Lord/2nd-9th Sundays in Ordinary Time
The Baptism of the Lord, which comes after Epiphany in January, begins the story of Jesus’ ministry  His baptism shows that Jesus is God’s beloved, Spirit-filled Son  On the 2nd-9th Sundays in Ordinary Time we read about the first days of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee in Mark (Cycle B), from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew (Cycle A), from his sermon on the plain in Luke (Cycle C) 
The 40-day season of Lent leads the whole Church through a yearly renewal and celebration of the mystery of Jesus’ redemptive death and Resurrection  The Lenten Sunday Gospels call us to journey with Jesus in faith through his death to his Resurrection and transform our lives through the life-giving power of his love 
The Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil/ Easter) celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper, death on the Cross, and Resurrection from the dead  At the Easter Vigil liturgy, the Church baptizes, confirms, and shares Eucharist with new members as the culmination of the RCIA process 
Sundays of Easter/Pentecost
On the Sundays of Easter the Church reads from John’s Gospel, especially from Jesus’ farewell discourse in chapters 13-17  The Risen Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the vine of whom we are the branches  In these Gospels Jesus describes the work of the Spirit and teaches his new commandment: “love one another as I have loved you ” Ascension celebrates Jesus’ return to God  Pentecost celebrates his sending of the Spirit to set his disciples’ tongues afire with the Good News of redemption for people of all the earth  This feast is the birthday of the Church  It frequently falls near the culmination of the school year 
10th-33rd Sundays in Ordinary Time, Christ the King
The Liturgical Year moves Jesus’ death and Resurrection to
the center of its narration of his story  During summer and fall Christians hear the Gospels of Ordinary Time as the words of the already-Risen Christ to the community that continues his mission 
ministers in communion with his Father and Spirit and reveals their life to us (NDC 77) 
Since 2010, handbooks entitled
What the Church Believes and Teaches
have accompanied each edition level of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies  These books, which have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, call out and make explicit the doctrinal teachings that flow from the Gospels  These books identify content in the Weeklies with all four pillars of catechesis—creed, liturgy, morality, prayer 
The Liturgical Year, which begins with Advent, unfolds the mystery of Jesus—
l from his incarnation and birth (Christmas),
l to his suffering, death, resurrection, ascension (Lent/ Easter),
l to his sending of the Spirit (Pentecost),
l as the ongoing life-giver
and sanctifier of the Church (Sundays of Ordinary Time) 
The First Sunday of Advent and last Sunday in Ordinary Time begin and end each Liturgical Year, inviting us to remember that Jesus will come again in glory and affirming our faith that God, who created the world in the beginning, will sustain the world unto its fulfillment  The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies follow the Liturgical Year, which each year recalls God’s whole plan for humankind, stretching from creation to Jesus’ return in glory 
The Faith We Profess in Gospel and Creed
The Gospels, the Creed, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the General Directory for Catechesis, and the National Directory for Catechesis all proclaim the mystery of one God, Father, Son, and Spirit, as central to catechesis  God’s love is the Good News of the Gospel  God’s loving

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