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For Catechists and TeachersJesus Is the Heartof CatechesisWelcome to the 2017–18 teaching year and to encountering Jesus in the Sunday Gospels with your students. The Christian message centers on Jesus Christ. The Gospels are our primary source for knowing and adhering to Jesus Christ in faith. The P aum Gospel Weeklies put Jesus Christ at the center of catechesis by building lessons around the Sunday Gospels of the liturgical year.Through liturgical catechesis, we enter with the young people we teach into the mystery of Jesus Christ and discover the mission to which he calls us in our world. Pope Francis urges all of us to open ourselves to friendship with Jesus. He wants catechists to communicate the message: Jesus loves you (Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium, #164).In 2017, the Church is reading Matthew’s Gospel nearly continuously on the Sundays of Ordinary Time (Year A scripture readings). The  rst six Visions lessons center on passages in which Jesus is teaching in the Temple courtyards in Jerusalem and debating with other teachers (Matthew 20–22). Jesus’ parables call us to work in the vineyard of God today and invite us to a wedding banquet for all people. Jesus insists that love of God and love of neighbor as oneself are the two greatest commandments and our challenge to live today.Prayer and Gospel Ritual SpaceEvery Visions lesson plan includes a helpful materials list, which always includes a Bible, cloth, and candle— everything you need to create a special space for prayer and reading Scripture. If you do not have a dedicated classroom space, these items may be stored in a bin with pencils, pens, and scissors and set up quickly wherever your class meets.Encourage students who arrive early to set up this space for you. You may choose to be more elaborate by matching the cloth with the color for that liturgical season or by displaying natural items that re ect the time of year (e.g., fall leaves or spring blooms). This dedicated space sends a signal to your young people that it’s time to quiet themselves to pray or to listen to the Gospel.Date/SundaySunday GospelsBibleCatholic Social TeachingSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 20:1–16a God Is GenerousGod’s vineyardSolidarity: a promise to work togetherOctober 1, 201726th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 21:28–32 God’s WillGod’s vineyard, Church, parablesCare for creationOctober 8, 201727th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 21:33–43 God’s VineyardGod’s vineyard, Isaiah 5, parablesRights and responsibilitiesOctober 15, 201728th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 22:1–14 Wedding FeastOption for the poorOctober 22, 201729th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 22:15–21 Caesar and GodWorkers have rights; work has dignityOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 22:34–40 Great CommandmentsLove in actionEach person is sacred; solidarityNovember 5, 201731st Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 23:1–12The Servant Is GreatestGod the FatherSolidarityNovember 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:1–13 Foolish ChoicesThe Wisdom BooksRights and responsibilitiesImprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, June 11, 2017TG1-2 Venture Teaching Guide (supplement to Pflaum Gospel Weeklies) copyright © 2017 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Director: David Dziena; Editor: Nicholle Check; Designer: Jennifer Poferl. Page TG1-2 art: © Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim Burrows. Printed in the USA. Material in this supplement may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.For free at-home activities, visitThe NEW Gospel WeekliesWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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