September 7, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 35
SAINTS
Monday, September 7- Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Tuesday, September 8- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary  
Wednesday, September 9- St. Peter Claver
Thursday, September 10-  St. Thomas of Villanova
Friday, September 11- St. Cyprian
 
Tasks Of Catechesis
"Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimensions of the Kingdom of God.  He entrusted to them 'the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven' (Mt. 13:11); he taught them how to pray (Lk. 11:2); he opened his 'meek and humble heart' to them (Mt. 11:29); and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  (Lk. 10:1)  The fundamental task of catechesis is to achieve the same objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed his disciples; he prayed with them; he showed them how to live; and he gave them his mission.

Christ's method of formation was accomplished by diverse yet interrelated tasks.  His example is the most fruitful inspiration for effective catechesis today because it is integral to formation in the Christian faith.  Catechesis must attend to each of these different dimensions of faith; each becomes a distinct yet complementary task. Faith must be known, celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer.  So catechesis comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ.  All efforts in evangelization and catechesis should incorporate these tasks" National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) 59-62.

As an attempt to utilize the inculturation process outlined in the NDC, CL Weekly will attempt the discovery of the tasks of catechesis in relation to the modern world's movements.  "Inculturation involves listening to the culture of the people for an echo of the word of God.  It involves the discernment of the presence of authentic Gospel values or openness to authentic Gospel values in the culture" NDC 64.  
  
World Creation Day
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
Labor Day Statement 2015 - Download PDF here.
"Labor should allow the worker to develop and flourish as a person. Work also must provide the means for families to prosper. "Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment" (no. 128). Work is meant to be for the sake of the family. We do not undertake labor for its own sake, but as a way to grow toward lasting and meaningful realities in our lives and communities. Parents are called to be providers and educators to their children, passing down essential values and creating a home environment in which all members of the family can be fully present to one another and grow. Dignity-filled work and the fruits of that labor nourish families, communities, and the common good."

"All people have the right to  economic initiative, to productive work, to just wages and benefits, to decent  working conditions, as well as to organize and join unions or other  associations."  
A Catholic Framework for Economic Life

As the Church solemnly reaffirmed in the  recent Council, "the beginning, the subject and the goal of all social  institutions is and must be the human person."  All people have the  right to work, to a chance to develop their qualities and their personalities in  the exercise of their professions, to equitable remuneration which will enable  them and their families "to lead a worthy life on the material, social,  cultural and spiritual level" and to assistance in case of need arising  from sickness or age. A Call to Action. (Octogesima Adveniens)
 
Work  is a good thing for man-a good thing for his humanity-because through work man not  only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves  fulfilment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes "more a  human being." On Human Work. (Laborem Exercens)

In many cases, poverty results from a violation  of the dignity of human work, either because work opportunities are limited  (through unemployment or underemployment), or "because a low value is put on  work and the rights that flow from it, especially the right to a just wage and  to the personal security of the worker and his or her family."  Charity  in Truth. ( Caritas in Veritate)
 
Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments
Labor Day Statement Supplemental Aid   *Resources provided by USCCB
Prayers of the Faithful:
Possible Responses:
Lord, hear our prayer.
In your mercy, hear us Lord.
In your compassion, answer us God.
Possible Prayers:
We pray for the men, women and children who must work in jobs that ignore the dignity of their personhood. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for the men and women who are not able to find jobs. We pray for their continued perseverance and determination as they continue to seek ways in which to participate in God's creation and work. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for the men and women who own companies, who lead companies and who make decisions regarding safe work conditions and adequate wages . We pray that these leaders will act in the best interests of their laborers. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for union leaders, national and local, who are responsible for speaking for workers. May they be guided by the grace and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to be servant leaders. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for men, women and children who suffer from our lack of solidarity in their daily struggle to survive . May we be aware of our responsibility to be in relationship with our brothers and sisters in the world. We pray to the Lord.
We pray that as we are reminded that it is right and just to receive a fair wage for work. May we strive to promote dignity and respect for all in the workplace. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for those who have lost their lives while working, that they might be welcomed into the heavenly kingdom; and for their families, that they might be comforted and find security. We pray to the Lord.
Questions for Theological Reflection
You may wish to place your reflections in your Labor Day Homily. As Sunday is our day of rest, it is also appropriate to incorporate these reflections into other weekend homilies as well. Reminding parishioners of their inherent dignity and the dignity of their work is a good and useful cue of God's abiding love for all. Also, pay attention to those who are looking for work or are struggling with their employee/er at this time.
Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
Genesis 2:1-3  
        God rests on the seventh day.
Deuteronomy 24:14-15  
Do not withhold wages from  your workers, for their livelihood depends on them.
Matthew 20:1-16 
All workers should be paid a just and living  wage.
Luke 3:10-14

          Practice integrity in your work.

 Luke 12:13-21  

        One's worth is not determined by an abundance  of possessions.

 James 5:1-6  

        Those who become rich by abusing their workers  have sinned against God.

 

Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ
'I would like to remind everyone,  especially governments engaged in boosting the world's economic and social  assets, that the primary capital to be safeguarded and valued is man, the  human person in his or her integrity: "Man is the source, the focus and the  aim of all economic and social life." Charity  in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), #25, quoting The Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes)

Labor Day Supplemental Aids from the USCCB. Download the full resource here.

Examination of Conscience for the Business Leader:
Do I see work as a gift from God?
Is my work as a "co-creator" truly participating in God's original creative act?
Do I promote a culture of life through my work?
Have I been living a divided life, separating Gospel principles from my work?
Am I receiving the sacraments regularly and with attention to how they support and inform my business practices?
Am I reading the Scriptures and praying with the will to avoid the risk of a divided life?
Am I sharing my spiritual path with other Christian business practitioners (my peers)?
Am I seeking to nourish my business life by learning more about the Church's social teaching?
Do I believe that taking seriously the dignity of the person in my business decision-making will promote integral human development while making my company more efficient, more agile, and more profitable?
Organizing Good and Productive Work:
Do I provide conditions which allow my employees appropriate autonomy at each level? In other words, am I organizing human resources mindful of the subsidiarity principle in my company management system?
Am I making sure that the company provides safe working conditions, living wages, training, and the opportunity for employees to organize themselves?
Have I embedded a set of comprehensively defined values and integrated that into my performance measurement process? Am I honest with my employees about their performance?
In all countries where my company is engaged, is it honoring the dignity of those indirectly employed and contributing to the development of the communities hosting these operations?
(Do I follow the same standard of morality in all geographic locations?)
Do I place the dignity of all workers above profit margins?
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church

Dignity in Work Resources

The Dignity of the Worker Powerpoint

God's plan encourages us to work for gainful employment. It is of vital importance for us to work towards ending discrimination and promoting fairtrade in line with respecting the dignity of the worker. This can be done through our daily decisions and the changes we can make.

  Dignity in Work Reflections
Thoughts on living simply 

Jim O'Keefe, a parish priest shares his thoughts on living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with one another. To livesimply is when we discover we are content with less, to live sustainably - realising we are sustained by God, and to live in solidarity with each other - by having a deep respect for our sisters and brothers throughout the world.

Valuable work 

Farmers from El Salvador ask God to enrich the soil through their work, and as humble farmers they ask for strength. They also pray for God to protect them from those who are greedy, making commerce of the land, water and the earth.

Importance of Simplicity 

Living simply allows us to be closer to God as material possessions and lavish lifestyles often prevent this, inhibiting us to help others. By practising a life of simplicity encourages people to act in selflessness, justice and charity.
 

 
NCCL NEWS

Catechetical Sunday Reflection Booklet and Pin  

BLOWOUT SALE NOW AVAILABLE!
The  National Conference for Catechetical Leadership has a reflection booklet on the Sunday readings, wit h a corresponding pin, available for purchase. The reflections begin on Catechetical Sunda  y and continue throughout the whole year.  A great spiritual tool, and wonderful gift, for all catechists.  Based on the Catechetical Sunday theme, " Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Person," each catechist will be inspired to echo the faith in their daily living.

To  take advantage of this BLOWOUT SALE: Visit the NCCL website for all details and the appropriate order form. 
More information here.
Prepare to Attend a Catholic Parent Revival! September 23 or 24 - Onsite or Online
The Catholic Parent Revival is coming to the Philadelphia area this month during the World Meeting of Families to support, motivate, and revive the faith of parents and grandparents through stirring music and song, inspiring messages and stories, and deep and powerful prayer. Join hundreds of other adults for an evening of CPR and inhale a breath of new life into your vocation as a parent.

The Revivals will be held  free of charge  from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 or Thursday, September 24. Attend in person or watch online. Seating is available on a first come-first seated basis.

Spread the word using the CPR flyer and encourage groups of parents to gather in homes and parishes to participate together via the live stream feed. A Host Guide and other material for online groups is now available at the CPR website.
 
 
Reach Out to Parents in Faith - Host a CPR in Your Area
Visit the CPR page and read through the Outline for Hosts and Speaker/Performer List and then contact Michael Theisen to discuss details and options that fit your budget and ministerial needs. The CPRs are a great way to respond to and follow up on the World Meeting of Families and the Synod on the Family occurring this fall.
 

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