August 3, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 31 
 
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 How have you found your life as a Christian more clearly defined through giving to others?
Question provided by: Catholic News Service 
 
SAINTS
Tuesday, August 4- St. John Vianney
Wednesday, August 5-  Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica
Thursday, August 6- Transfiguration of the Lord
Friday, August 7- St. Cajetan
 
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.  
  
Special Olympics 2015:
Championing Special Needs
Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities

"Concern for people with disabilities was one of the prominent notes of Jesus' earthly ministry. When asked by John's disciples, "Are you He who is to come or do we look for another?" Jesus responded with words recalling the prophecies of Isaiah "Go back and report to John what you hear and see; the blind recover their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, dead men are raised to life, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them." (Mt. 11:3-5) Persons with disabilities become witnesses for Christ, His healing of their bodies a sign of the spiritual healing He brought to all people. "Which is less trouble to say, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Stand up and walk?' To help you realize that the Son has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- He then said to the paralyzed man -- "Stand up! Roll up your mat and go home" (Mt. 9:5f).

  

The Church that Jesus founded would surely have been derelict had it failed to respond t  o His example in its attention to people with disabilities. It remains faithful to its

mission when its members become more and more a people of the Beautitudes, a people blessed in their meekness, their suffering, their thirst for righteousness. We all struggle with life. We must carry on this struggle in a spirit of mutual love, inspired by Christ's teaching that in serving others we serve the Lord Himself. (cf. Mt. 25:40) In doing so, we build a community of interdependent people and discover the Kingdom of God in our midst." 

Read full document here. 

 

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Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments

It is essential that all forms of the liturgy be completely accessible to persons with disabilities, since these forms are the essence of the spiritual tie that binds the Christian community together. To exclude members of the parish from these celebrations of the life of the Church, even by passive omission, is to deny the reality of that community. Accessibility involves far more than physical alterations to parish buildings. Realistic provision must be made for persons with disabilities to participate fully in the eucharist and other liturgical celebrations such as the sacraments of reconciliation, confirmation, and anointing of the sick (Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, November 1978; revised 1989).
Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ

Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities

 

"Prejudice starts with the simple perception of difference, whether that difference is physical or psychological. Down through the ages, people have tended to interpret these differences in crude moral terms. Our group is not just different from theirs; it is better in some vague but compelling way. Few of us would admit to being prejudiced against people with disabilities. We bear them no ill will and do not knowingly seek to abrogate their rights. Yet people with disabilities are visibly, sometimes bluntly different from the norm, and we react to this difference. Even if we do not look down upon them, we tend all too often to think of them as somehow apart -- not completely one of us.

 

What individuals with disabilities need, first of all, is acceptance in this difference that can neither be denied nor overlooked. No acts of charity or justice can be of lasting value unless our actions are informed by a sincere and understanding love that penetrates the wall of strangeness and affirms the common humanity underlying all distinction. Scripture teaches us that "any other commandment there may be [is] all summed up in this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"(Rom.13:9) In His wisdom, Jesus said, "as yourself." We must love others from the inside out, so to speak, accepting their difference from us in the same way that we accept our difference from them." (Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, November 1978; revised 1989).

Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
IF aith, Family, and Children with Special Needs, David Rizzo-whose 12-year-old daughter has autism-offers great hope for parents who want to grow in their own spirituality while helping their children with disabilities experience God in a deeper way. Learn more.

Faith formation for Special Needs with Loyola Press. 
Resources are available in both Spanish and English.

Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church

 

"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." Romans 12: 4-5

   

 

"The Special Olympics includes in its statutes, that its athletes need to have different abilities that will ultimately improve their lives." Pope Francis

 

"Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society."

 


 
NCCL NEWS

Catechetical Sunday Reflection Booklet and Pin  

Now Available To Order!
The  National Conference for Catechetical Leadership has a reflection booklet on the Sunday readings, with 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 order: Please download and send in the Order Form.  Members receive 10% off their entire order.  Those seeking to become members, will receive 10% their order total, if they sign up for membership during the order.  This 10% will also apply to their membership dues total.  So, don't miss this opportunity!  

A partnered initiative with NCCL and RCL Benziger.

North American Forum for Small Christian Communities

The North American Forum for Small Christian Communities (NAFSCC) has been a partnering organization of NCCL since the birth of the document "Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us." You are encouraged to join NAFSCC with your colleagues in ministry with Small Christian Communities, Evangelization, Adult Faith Formation, Religious Education, RCIA, Youth and Young Adult Ministry and beyond from the United States and Canada by becoming a member of NAFSCC.

 

In Evangelii Gaudium, our Holy Father, Pope Francis speaks about the power of the small communities for enriching the evangelizing mission of the church:

Other Church institutions, basic communities and small communities (SCCs), movements, and forms of association are a source of enrichment for the Church, raised up by the Spirit for evangelizing different areas and sectors. Frequently they bring a new evangelizing fervor and a new capacity for dialogue with the world whereby the Church is renewed. [29]

 

Your NAFSCC membership will continue through June 30, 2016, and the fee is only $100.00 per diocese, parish or organization, which includes the Bishop/Pastor, SCC Contact and 4 additional members. Go to www.nafscc.org to register or click here. You can also contact Diane Kledzik, Diocese of St. Petersburg, dmk@dosp.org / 727-341-6839, for more information.

CPR: A Great Way to Support, Motivate, and Revive the Faith of Parents

Parents, grandparents and guardians from across the country are invited to participate together either onsite or online this September to revive their faith and support their vocation as parents.
Two separate Catholic Parent Revivals are being hosted in the evenings of September 23 and 24 during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and will be open to all parents, grandparents and ministry leaders free of charge whether you are participating onsite or online (via a free Live Stream sponsored by OCP/SpiritandSong.com). Each CPR runs from 7 pm - 9:30 pm ET.
The Catholic Parent Revival has been created to allow time for parents to talk with one another in small groups and a Call to Prayer to conclude the evening. Steve and Jenni Angrisano, serving as emcees, will guide both onsite and virtual groups through this process as the event unfolds. Spread the word using the CPR flyers and encourage groups of parents to gather together in homes and parishes to participate together. A facilitator's guide for online groups will be available at the CPR website in September.

The Catholic Parent Revival is part of the Strong Catholic Families Initiative presented in partnership with NFCYM, NACFLM, NCCL and NCEA.

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