August 31, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 34
Tuesday, September 1- St. Giles  
Friday, September 3- St. Rose of Viterbo
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
(Vatican Radio)  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. 
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
Catechism of the Catholic Church  
279 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." 116 Holy Scripture begins with these solemn words. The profession of faith takes them up when it confesses that God the Father almighty is "Creator of heaven and earth" ( Apostles' Creed), "of all that is, seen and unseen" ( Nicene Creed). We shall speak first of the Creator, then of creation and finally of the fall into sin from which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to raise us up again.
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.

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

Resources provided by the USCCB. 

Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in right relationship- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.

Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected-to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental evastation,
and to future generations.

Holy Spirit, giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all-individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.

- USCCB, inspired by Laudato Si'

Oración para cuidar de nuestra casa común.  Read more.

Padre de todos,
creador y gobernante del universo,
nos confiaste tu mundo a nosotros como un don.
Ayúdanos a cuidar de él y de todas las personas,
para que vivamos en relación correcta:
con nosotros mismos,
 entre nosotros,
 y con la creación.

Cristo nuestro Señor,
tanto divino como humano,
viviste entre nosotros y moriste por nuestros pecados.
Ayúdanos a imitar tu amor por la familia humana
reconociendo que todos estamos conectados,
    a nuestros hermanos y hermanas de todo el mundo,
    a los que viven en pobreza impactados por la devastación 
    ambiental,  y a las generaciones futuras.

Espíritu Santo,
dador de sabiduría y de amor,
infundes vida en nosotros y nos guías.
Ayúdanos a vivir de acuerdo a tu visión,
moviendo a la acción los corazones de todos,
    individuos y familias,
    comunidades de fe,
    y líderes civiles y políticos.

Dios Uno y Trino, ayúdanos a escuchar el clamor de los que viven en pobreza, y el clamor de la tierra, para que juntos cuidemos de nuestra casa común.

Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ

Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home

On 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. 
Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español - This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.
Laudato Si': Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español - This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis' call.
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church
Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God
-Pope Francis
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."
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