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Connecting Gospel and DoctrineThe liturgical season of Lent/Easter immerses us in the mystery of redemption—of Jesus’ death and Resurrection and their meaning and promise for all who believe in him. Making Jesus known is our work as catechists. “At the heart of catechesis we find... a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father... who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever (Catechism of the Catholic Church #426).Jesus’ story is the heart of every Promise lesson. Each lesson is built around the Sunday Gospel. Every week the children hear Jesus speaking and see him acting in the Gospel for that Sunday. They join the parish community that listens to the Word of God at Sunday Mass and becomes the Body of Christ for our world.“Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations” our bishops wrote at Vatican II (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1088). Young children cannot understand the faith that motivates people to gather for the Eucharist, but they can experience and appreciate the family spirit of their Church community. Seeing their parents, family members, friends, and neighbors pray, sing, listen, and participate in the Eucharist provides children with a powerful and critically necessary model for their faith development. The liturgies of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday, are full of sensory experiences that will take root in them and nourish their growing faith.As you page through these lesson plans, you will see a box with a Chi-Rho icon and the title What the Church Believes and Teaches. This icon  is a signal to you to find pages in the catechism handbooks that underscore and expand the doctrinal content of a Promise lesson. The remainder of this page shows the important doctrinal content for Unit 4.4th Sunday of LentThe Good News of Jesus Christ must be carried forth to every person and every nation so that itmay penetrate the heart of every person and renew the human race (National Directory for Catechesis #17.A). Catechism of the Catholic Church #73, 1076.5th Sunday of LentCatechesis links human experience to the revealed word of God, helping people ascribe Christian meaningto their own existence... Catechesis helps them relate the Christian message to the most profound questions in life: the existence of God, the destiny of the human person, the origin and end of history, the truth about good and evil, the meaning of suffering and death (National Directory for Catechesis #29.A). Catechism of the Catholic Church #1006-1014, 1052.Palm/Passion SundayThe Easter Triduum celebrates the Lord’s passion, death, and Resurrection and is the culmination ofthe entire liturgical year. The Easter Vigil marks the sacramental initiation of the catechumens into God’s own life and the life of theChurch(NationalDirectoryforCatechesis#37.A). Catechism of the Catholic Church #620, 638.Easter & 2nd Sunday of EasterIn her Liturgy, the Church celebrates what she professes and lives, above all the Paschal Mystery, by2nd Sunday of LentConversion to Christ and communion with him lead the faithful to adopt his disposition of prayer andwhich Christ accomplished the work of our salvation (National Directory for Catechesis #32). The Easter season extends for fifty days to the celebration of Pentecost, which commemorates the mission of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son to the Church(NationalDirectoryforCatechesis#37.A). Catechismof the Catholic Church #658, 1168-1171.reflection... Prayer should be the ordinary environment for all catechesis so that the knowledge and practice of the Christian life may be understood and celebrated in its proper context (National DirectoryforCatechesis#20.4). CatechismoftheCatholic Church #554-56, 592.3rd Sunday of EasterThe Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ, his real presence under the appearances of bread3rd Sunday of LentJesus consistently used the ordinary human experiences of daily life to form his disciples, toand wine...the Eucharist nourishes the Body of Christ, the Church, and each individual communicant (National Directory forCatechesis#36.A3). CatechismoftheCatholicChurch#805, 1324.point to the end of time, and to show the transcendent dimension of all of life and of God’s eternal presence in it. Because the eternal Word assumed human nature, human experience is the locus for the manifestation and realization of salvation in him (NationalDirectoryforCatechesis#29.A). Catechismofthe Catholic Church #849-56.4th Sunday of EasterWe who are made in God’s image share [God’s] communal, social nature. We are called to reach out andto build relationships of love and justice (National Directory for Catechesis#43). CatechismoftheCatholicChurch#733-36.Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, December 11, 2016PROMISE 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. Editorial Director: David Dziena. 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.Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. When completed, please recycle this teaching guide properly. Thank you.TG4-2


































































































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