August 10, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 32
Monday, August 10- St. Lawrence 
Tuesday, August 11- St. Clare of Assisi
Wednesday, August 12-  St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Thursday, August 13- Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus 
Friday, August 14- St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
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.  
Japan Marks 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Catholics hold bamboo torches during a peace march from the Urakami Cathedral toward the peace memorial park in Nagasaki. Photo from
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
 "Any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities or of extensive areas along with their population is a crime against God and man himself. It merits unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation" (Gaudium et Spes, "Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World," Second Vatican Council).
Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments

"According to our Catholic teaching, salvation is not understood solely in spiritual terms; that is, "getting our souls to heaven", but is also physical and material, having to do with the here and now as well as one's eternal destiny. Salvation is not just an individual matter, but social: having to do with economics, work, trade, and international relations. The Church understands the salvation Christ brings to be intimately connected with the full liberation and well being of each human person, which only true justice can insure." Download full resource here. 
Liturgy and Justice,, #44150 Part 3 of 4 © 2007 Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, 415 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Suite 70, Washington DC 20017

Many resources for prayer services are available for justice and peace topics, including reconciliation, human rights, a call to disarm, etc.  Available here.

Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
Prayer for Nuclear Disarmament
You have given us life, intelligence and the beauty of Creation, O Lord.
Your good gifts were given so we might be stewards of all that is alive.
In our arrogance, we have unleashed fearful forces that destroy.
We have brought down fierce fire from the sky.
Your children have been burned, your gentle green earth scorched.
Fear rules us now, not Love; we have given in to evils, lesser and greater.
In your mercy, help us turn from destruction, from the bombs and barricades.
Lead us to Life again, to affirmation of all goodness and to international disarmament.
With your grace, may we begin to dismantle the bombs, beat the swords into plowshares,
And so transform the nuclear nightmare into the peace you have proposed.
Hear our prayer, Lord, and guide us in your ways. Amen

Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ
"...I firmly hope that, during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held this May in New York, concrete decisions will be made towards progressive disarmament, with a view to freeing our planet from nuclear arms."
-- Pope Benedict XVI, January 1, 2010

Access USCCB resources and letters on nuclear weapons here.
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church
"Seventy years ago, on the 6th and the 9th of August 1945, the terrible atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place.  Even after so many years, this tragic event still arouses horror and revulsion. This (event) has become the symbol of mankind's enormous destructive power when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress and serves as a lasting warning to humanity so that it rejects forever war and bans nuclear weapons and all arms of mass destruction. Above all, this sad anniversary urges us to pray and strive for peace, to spread brotherhood throughout the world and a climate of peaceful coexistence between peoples. May one cry rise up from every land, 'No' to war and violence and 'Yes' to dialogue and to peace.  With war one always loses. The only way to win a war is never to wage it."
Read full article.
Board of Directors Summer Meeting
The NCCL Board of Directors met this summer in Washington, DC.  As a member driven organization, your commitment to staying informed about the organization is crucial to its success and growth.  Please take time to review the provided information.
An audio update and key highlight slides of the 2015 Summer Board Meeting have been provided by President, Ken Ogorek. 
Click here.

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.

Update 6: Are You Ready to be a Candidate for National Certification?
National Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers promotes professional, competent and faithful ministry that is recognized in many dioceses. The certification process consists of thr ee steps: apply, prepare, and submit. This month we focus on the preparation process. After you receive notice that your application has been approved and you have been accepted as a candidate for certification, build your online ministry portfolio which documents how you meet the national certification standards. Initial applications for candidacy and completed portfolios will be accepted up until October 1, 2015. Follow this link to  watch a video that may help you in your discernment: What Is Certification for Lay Ecclesial Ministers? All steps begin online at

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