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worshiping, morally discerning, and praying persons. Catechesis includes six tasks:1. Promoting knowledge of Catholic faith; 2. Promoting knowledge of the meaning ofthe Liturgy and Sacraments;3. Promoting moral formation in Jesus Christ;4. Teaching the Christian how to pray with Christ;5. Preparing the Christian to live in com- munity and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church;6. Promoting a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society (NDC #20, pages 60-62).Good News Tells Jesus’ sToryJesus’ story forms the heart of every Good News lesson. Each lesson is built around the Sunday Gospel. Every week the children hear Jesus speaking and see him acting in the Gospel for that Sunday. This reflection prepares them to join the parish community that seeks each weekend to listen to and live the Word of God and to become the Body of Christ for our world.This Resource Manual will help teachers and catechists have successful Good News sessions with primary-grade children. It describes the characteristics of these children and how to present the Gospel and Catholic tradition to them.This Resource Manual supplements the 16-page Teaching Guides that arrive with each of the four yearly Good News units. The Teaching Guide for each Good News lesson with teacher background and instructions on how to present the material makes it possible for every volunteer to be a successful teacher.Good News offers up-to-date content of high interest to primary-grade children. But this doesnot mean “religion lite.” Good News follows a comprehensive design over its three-year span that elaborates its Gospel-centered lessons to teach the faith statements of the Creed, the seven Sacraments, the old and new Commandments, and the Church’s tradition of Christian prayer.Unless in every generation sowers sow anew the seed that is the Word of God,Jesus’ Good News remains dead words on the yellowing pages of old Bibles rather than lived action of commmitted disciples among the struggling people of our world.In the parable of the sower, Jesus tells us some seed never sprouts, some withers, some gets choked out by weeds; but he promises, too, that some seed falls on good ground and yields thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.The purpose of the liturgically based Pflaum Gospel Weeklies is to help catechists sow Jesus’ Good News in the good ground of children’s lives.8

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