Correlation to the Gospel Weeklies

Using Together in Jesus, Invited by Christ, and Gifted with the Spirit with the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

Click here to view the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Correlations to Sacramental Preparation Programs for 2023-24.

Pflaum publishes the sacramental preparation programs Together in Jesus (Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Eucharist | Confirmation), Invited by Christ (Reconciliation and Eucharist), Gifted with the Spirit (Confirmation), and the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program (liturgical catechesis).

For each of the Church’s three Lectionary cycles, the Gospel Weeklies offer thirty-two lessons that help children respond to what Jesus asks of them in the Sunday Gospels and provide broad background for sacramental preparation. Check the Scope and Sequence charts for the age levels of the children in your sacramental formation program to find the Gospel Weeklies lessons that pair especially well with your sacramental preparation efforts.

Through stories, dramas, prayer services, and hands-on activities, each Gospel Weeklies lesson invites children and young people to connect their evolving life story with the Gospel and its relevance for their lives. By making the Gospel message their own, they will grow in their ability not only to participate in the Sunday Mass, but also to respond to Jesus’ challenge to love others and help those in need.

Faith Formation/Home Study Model

Parishes may focus on lessons from one of the sacramental preparation programs in their class sessions. They may then send the Gospel Weeklies lessons home for parents to use with their child. We offer Parent Teaching Pages to assist parents who are working with their children at home. Parishes may choose to take the opposite course by directing parents to go over the sacramental preparation lessons with their child at home while the parish continues using the Gospel Weeklies lessons in their class sessions.

Faith Formation/Sacramental Prep Sessions Model

Some parishes tie both their faith formation and sacramental prep efforts to the Sunday Gospel and Liturgical Year. They use the Gospel Weeklies opening activity and then work the Sunday Gospel and a reflection into the gathering prayer. The type of reflection depends on the length of the session. They continue the session with their sacramental prep materials and then suggest one or more activities from the Gospel Weeklies lesson for the children to do at home. The Parent Teaching Pages may also be helpful to parents in this scenario.