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sing isions: 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 Visions, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies edition for young people in the seventh and eighth grades. Welcome to 32 lessons each year that invite early adolescents to respond to Jesus, who still speaks in the Gospels. Welcome to eight pages each week that invite adolescents to participatein the transforming life of their whole Christian community.“The Christian faith is above all conversion to Jesus Christ,” states the National Directory for Catechesis for the United States (NDC #17B, page 48). Each Visions lesson engages young teens in life-transforming dialogue about what Jesus asks of them in their unfolding lives. By using Visions, early adolescents reflect on their lives as each lesson invites them to see, judge, and act in a Gospel context.Young people using Visions gather weekly to listen and respond to the Sunday Gospel. Their reflection as a group prepares them to join the parish 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 Visions, a liturgically based teaching tool, a parish integrates the catechesis ofEach Visions lesson engages young teens in life-transforming dialogue about what Jesus asks of them in their unfolding lives.young people with the worship life of the parish assembly.Visions uses stories to help young adolescents reflect on their own experiences, choices, and hopes, providing fiction by or about teens, interviews with Christian role models, and articles about teens working together on service or justice projects. Visions invites teens to bring their experiences into each lesson.Through faith-sharing discussion and hands-on activities, Visions invites young people to connect their evolving life stories with Jesus’ story in the Gospels. By wrestling with the Gospel to make Jesus’ message their own, young teens grow more able not only to participate in Sunday worship but also to respond to Jesus’ challenge to love others and work for justice.Each year Visions begins with the third or fourth Sunday in September and continues through the first or second Sunday in May. Each Visions lesson centers on the Sunday Gospel. The Church’s Sunday Lectionary provides three cycles of Sunday Gospels and accompanying Scripture readings. For each of these cycles, Visions provides 32 liturgically based catechetical sessions or 96 separate lessons over the course of the three cycles.Visions offers up-to-date content of high interest to young teens. But this does not mean “religion lite.” Visions follows a comprehensive design over its three-year span that elaborates its Gospel-centered lessons to teach the faith statements of the Creed, the

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