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and accompanying Scripture readings. For each of these cycles, Venture provides 32 liturgically based catechetical sessions or 96 separate lessons over the course of the three cycles.Venture offers high-interest content and activities to middle-grade children. Venture 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.CateChists hand on a living faith traditionVenture immerses intermediate-age children notonly in Scripture but in the Church’s tradition—the doctrines, creeds, liturgical texts, and prayers that have accumulated over the centuries and the writings of bishops and popes, who stand in an unbrokenline of succession from Jesus’ first apostles. Tradition includes the reflection and practice of all who, inthe Spirit, live Jesus’ Good News today—catechists and young people included. Tradition lives, grows, deepens, and makes progress in the prayer, study, and experience of every believer as well as in the teaching of our bishops:The Tradition that comes from the apostles makes progress in the Church, with the help of the Holy Spirit. There is growth in insight into the realities and words that are being passed on. This comes about ... through the contemplation and study of believers who ponder these things in their hearts. It comes from the intimate sense of spiritual realities that they experience. And it comes from the preaching of those who have received, along with the right of succession in the episcopate, the sure charism of truth. Thus, as the centuries go by, the Churchis always advancing toward the plentitude of truth, until eventually the words of God are fulfilled in her (Constitution on Divine Revelation #8).Children who use Venture and participate in Sunday Eucharist will experience parents, teachers, and parish priests reflecting on their lives in the light of the Gospel as they do in class. Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels call all the baptized to a common moral standard and way of life.tradition to him or her—parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, neighbors, friends, classmates, bus drivers, store clerks. A young person’s education in faith happens not only in classes and homilies but in countless interactions with others throughout their lives. Catechesis happens around the family table that prays and talks together and in chatter with classmates on the school playground.Using this resoUrCe ManUal“The most important task of the catechesis of children is to provide, through the witness of adults, an environment in which young people can grow in faith” (NDC 48E2, page 205).This Resource Manual will help teachers and catechists have successful Venture sessions with middle-grade children. It describes the faith tasks of middle graders and presents strategies for creatively involving them in their own learning. This section includes practical suggestions for organizing class time, facilitating faith-sharing discussion, and maintaining discipline.This Resource Manual supplements the 16-page Teaching Guides that arrive with each of the four yearly Venture units. The Teaching Guides include a unit overview of scripture and doctrine; a unit scope and sequence chart; and a one-page, step-by-step guide directing how to teach each lesson.Every Christian in a child’s life is a bearer of9

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