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sing enture: UVeeting esUs in the ospels MJg“Faith is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, making of oneself a disciple of his. This demands a permanent commitment to think like him, to judge like him, and to live as he lived.” General Directory for Catechesis, #53Welcome to Venture, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies edition for young people in middle grades. Welcome to 32 lessons each year that invite children to respond to Jesus, who still speaks in the Gospels. Welcome to eight pages each week that invite them to participate in the transforming life of their whole Christian community.“The Christian faith is above all conversion toJesus Christ,” states the National Directory for Catechesis for the United States (NDC #17B, page 48). Each Venture lesson engages middle-grade childrenin meeting Jesus in the Gospels, learning about his world, his message, and the Christian communityhe began and to which they belong. By usingVenture, intermediate-age children reflect on their life experiences. Each lesson invites them to follow Jesus and learn the unfolding history of God’s love for us.Children using Venture gather weekly to respond to what Jesus asks of them in the Sunday Gospel. Their reflection as a group prepares them to join the parish“Catechesis for school-age children presents Jesus’ teaching, his ministry, and the major events of his life. Children can begin to appreciate the parables of Jesus and capture glimpses of the Kingdom of God” (NDC 48E2, page 205).community that each weekend listens and responds to the Word of God at parish Eucharist and to participate in the lifelong process of becoming the Body of Christ in our world. By using Venture, a liturgically based teaching tool, a parish integrates the catechesis of children with the worship life of the whole parish community.Venture uses stories and articles about children to help middle-grade children realize that following Jesus is about living their Christian faith in the here and now. Their experiences, choices, and hopes “provide a natural human foundation for the supernatural life of faith where children can develop a sense of trust, freedom, selflessness, and joyful participation” (NDC #48E2, page 204). Venture invites middle-grade children to learn all they can about Jesus in his time, the Church in various cultures and eras, and God’s faithfulness to the people of Israel in their history.Through involving, hands-on activities and discussion, Venture helps children connect their evolving life stories with Jesus’ story in the Gospels. By reflecting together at their age level, children make Jesus’ message their own and grow more able to participate in Sunday worship and respond to Jesus’ challenge to love one another.Each year Venture begins with the third or fourth Sunday in September and continues through thefirst or second Sunday in May. Each Venture lesson centers on the Sunday Gospel. The Church’s Sunday Lectionary provides three cycles of Sunday Gospels8

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