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a light to the nations. Consummately, Jesus reveals God’s inexhaustible love for us in his liberating ministry, his saving death, and his life-giving resurrection.the catechIsM of the cathoLIc churchThe Pflaum Gospel Weeklies both center around Jesus in the Sunday Gospels and connect the Gospels with the comprehensive content offaith that the Catechism of the Catholic Church establishes as the “sure norm” for teaching Catholic doctrine (NDC #24C, page 71). The Catechism compiles an organic synthesis of essential Catholic doctrine in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church’s Tradition. It builds the content of faith formation on four pillars:the profession of faith (Apostles’ Creed); the Sacraments of faith;the life of faith (Commandments);the prayer of believers (Our Father).The Catechism views the young people that catechists teach as believing, worshiping, morally discerning, praying persons. Catechesis aims:to help us as believers understand the Creed we profess;to help us as worshipers become the Sacraments we celebrate;to discern with us the demands of keeping the Commandments, old and new, and living the beatitudes in our world; andto help us as disciples to live the prayer Jesus taught us.Jesus’ ProMIseJesus promises in the parable of the sower (Mark 4.1-8) that the work of evangelization and catechesis will bear fruit. The seed is the Word of God. The field is the world. All who preach and teach in Jesus’ name become sowers like him (General Directory for Catechesis #15).Jesus warns us that some seed never sprouts, some seed withers, and some seed gets overrunby weeds and choked out. But Jesus promises prophetically that some seed falls on good ground and yields thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies aim to help catechists sow Jesus’ revelation of God’s love—his Gospel message—in the fertile ground of young peoples’ lives today. The editors believe with the Church in the power and promise of the Word of God in the lives of the young believers we serve.catechesIs IncLudes sIx tasks1. 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 community 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).

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