July 27, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 30 
  The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
  Question posed:
Think of a time when you were tempted to despair because of an overwhelming need. How did God's provision bring you from an attitude of scarcity to one of abundance?

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Whoever comes to me will never hunger.

Question posed:
How have you found your life as a Christian more clearly defined through giving to others?

Questions provided by: Catholic News Service 
Wednesday, July 29-  St. Martha
Thursday, July 30- St. Leopold Mandic
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.  
St. Ignatius Feast Day - July 31
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
Celebrating the Life and Contribution of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Learn a little more about his life, and be invited into discernment of God's will for your own life. 

Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments
Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina can be a practical way to more actively engage in the Sunday liturgy.  PrayAsYouGo.Org has a daily lectio podcast, including a podcast for the weekend liturgies. It is also available in Spanish at: Rezandovoy.  Experiment with streaming this in your car, on your work computer, or in the family living room, and experience the benefits of engaging in the scriptures using technology.  These Jesuits also have an app that you can download on your devices called PrayAsYouGo, available for both android and ios devices.  Imaginative contemplation is also a resource that is available.
Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ

An Approach to Good Choices

The Ignatian approach to good choices rests on several presuppositions. First it assumes that the alternatives being considered are all positive, constructive, and morally correct. The person making the decision is someone who is spiritually maturing and who wants to make the choice that will lead to a deeper relationship with God.

The Ignatian approach to good choices emphasizes freedom. Making a free decision means that we set aside our own preferences and preconceptions and strive to be free of social pressures and psychological strains. We carefully examine our motives and desires. This isn't easy. Much of the prayer and reflection in Ignatian decision making has to do with achieving the detachment necessary to choose freely.

The Ignatian approach requires work. It asks that we make every reasonable effort to find God's will. This involves a sincere commitment to pray and to achieve self-knowledge. We need to gather all the relevant information about our alternatives and carefully weigh all the circumstances and likely outcomes. Decision making in the Ignatian mode involves both the heart and the mind.

Learn more.
Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
A series of articles is available to you to learn more about Ignatian prayer.

Why do we pray?
By William A. Barry, SJ
We pray, then, at our deepest level, because we are drawn by the bonds of love. We pray because we love, and not just for utilitarian purposes.

By Douglas J. Leonhardt, SJ

Lectio Divina and Gospel Contemplation are two ways to pray with Scripture. Fr. Leonhardt explains these two forms of prayer for those new to the practices.


Prayer: A Personal Response to God's Presence

By Armand M. Nigro, SJ  

A straightforward description of prayer as a loving response to God's presence. Describes the 5 P's of prayer and ends with a suggestion for group or family prayer.


Click here for complete list of the articles.

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our own experience. Learn more at the website: Ignatian Spirituality.

This website offers many practical ways to be guided in the Examen, including an explanation of the Examen.  The first video in the Lunchtime Examen video series offers a good introduction into this style of prayer.  Regularly practicing the Examen can lead to deep conversions in prayer.
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. For centuries the Exercises were most commonly given as a "long retreat" of about 30 days in solitude and silence. In recent years, there has been a renewed emphasis on the Spiritual Exercises as a program for laypeople.  The most common way of going through the Exercises now is a "retreat in daily life," which involves a monthslong program of daily prayer and meetings with a spiritual director.  The Exercises have also been adapted in many other ways to meet the needs of modern people. Learn more here.

An Ignatian Spiritual Adventure: An eight week online experience of the spiritual exercises is available for you. 


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 continues 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!  

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.

Offer ends July 31.
Registration fees will be full price starting August 1.

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.

Update 5: 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 three steps: apply, prepare, and submit. This month we focus on the a pplication process. All steps are completed online using the tools provided on the Alliance website using this link: How Do I Get Certified? Submit your application m  aterials and fee to NCCL. 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 www.lemcertification.org.    



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