"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
Pope Francis has decided to set up a "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.
He made the announcement in a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Read more.
280 Creation is the foundation of "all God's saving plans," the "beginning of the history of salvation"
117 that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of creation and reveals the end for which "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth": from the beginning, God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ.
I. CATECHESIS ON CREATION
282 Catechesis on creation is of major importance. It concerns the very foundations of human and Christian life: for it makes explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question that men of all times have asked themselves:
120 "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" "What is our origin?" "What is our end?" "Where does everything that exists come from and where is it going?" The two questions, the first about the origin and the second about the end, are inseparable. They are decisive for the meaning and orientation of our life and actions.
Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments
Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action | en Español In parishes, diocese and other Catholic organizations, we encourage efforts to bring about discussion on issues affecting the environment (climate change, consumption, pollution, stewardship of the land) that is civil and constructive, that invokes the virtue of prudence in seeking solutions, and that is more responsive to the needs of the poor, both here in the United States and abroad.
Below are individual resources from Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action
Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
I join our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his urgent appeal for "a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."
By joining Catholics Confront Global Poverty I am taking the first step to join that conversation, through prayer, reflection and action in support of care for all of God's creation and especially to protect poor and vulnerable people from the devastating effects of global climate change.
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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!
More information available on the NCCL website.