August 17, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 32
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Monday, August 17-St. Joan of the Cross 
Tuesday, August 18- St. Louis of Toulouse
Wednesday, August 19-  St. John Eudes
Thursday, August 20- St. Bernard of Clairvaux 
Friday, August 21- St. Pius X
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.  
Thousands of Youth Gather In August:
Galveston-Houston, New York, and Los Angeles
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
A Vision of Youth Ministry initiated a transformation in the Church's thinking and practice that has matured over the past two decades.

Part One: The Growth and Development of the Church's Ministry with Adolescents

Ministerial and pastoral. The pastoral, integrated vision of Church, expressed through the eight components (ministries of advocacy, cate-chesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship) was grounded in a contemporary understanding of the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ and his Church. A Vision of Youth Ministry made it quite clear that ministry with young people was integral to the life of the Church. Far from peripheral to the Church's concern, ministry with adolescents was essential for helping the Church realize its mission with its young members.

Relational. Effective ministry with adolescents was built on relationships. The central place of the Emmaus story in A Vision of Youth Ministry demonstrated the primacy of relationships and of discovering God within those relationships.                 

Goal-centered. In articulating two primary goals for ministry, A Vision of Youth Ministry gave specific direction while encouraging leaders in local communities to create a variety of ways to reach their goals. There was no longer one way to minister to adolescents.

Multidimensional. An effective ministry incorporated eight components with their program activities so that the needs of all the young people could be addressed and the resources of the community could be wisely used. This multidimensional approach was a needed response to social-only, athletics-only or religious education-only youth programming.

Holistic and developmental. A Vision of Youth Ministry proposed an approach that attended to a wide spectrum of adolescent needs and that was attuned to the distinct developmental, social, cultural, and religious needs of adolescents.

People-centered and needs-focused. A Vision of Youth Ministry focused on young people. It encouraged an approach designed to address the particular needs of young people in their communities. A Vision of Youth Ministry did not recommend program models or specific activities, recognizing that the day had passed when one program structure could respond to all the needs of youth.

Part Two:  Goals for Ministry with Adolescents

  • Goal 1: To Empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
  • Goal 2: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community.
  • Goal 3: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. 

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

City of Saints, Los Angeles

Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ

Mother of Africa prayer service featured Nigerian Igbo Community traditional procession of the Word. Galveston Houston.
Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ
All three conferences featured a variety of speakers on various topics for youth. 
Learn more about the range of speakers at all three websites:
Steubenville, New York
Become One, Archdiocese of Galviston Houston
 City of Saints, Los Angeles
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church
Become One, Galviston Houston Livestream Available.
Share with others. View yourself. Learn how young people were inspired to live the mission of the Church. 

Archdiocese of Los Angeles, City of Saints theme called the young people in Los Angeles to "become of City of Saints." 

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.

NCCL Continues Dialogue
NCCL has committed itself to a full welcoming of NPCD membership.  One more dialogue to discuss the possiblities is scheduled for this week, thanks the generous sponsorship of Ascension Press, Our Sunday Visitor, and Sadlier.  President, Ken Ogorek, and Executive Director, Margaret Matijasevic, sent a brief correspondence to all NPCD members to share such efforts.
Read the correspondence. 

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