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2 Introduction

3 Vision The Vision for Catechesis is totally bound up in the missionary mandate of the church to go and make disciples

4 Christ is the Center Teaching Christ Teachings of Christ

5 Catechesis is the word used to describe this essential ministry of the church through which the teachings of Christ have been passed on to believers throughout the ages.

6 The Lineage of the Directory Vatican II General Catechetical Directory (1971) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults ( ) Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975)

7 Lineage Contd National Catechetical Directory (1979) Catechesi Tradendae (1979) Catechism of the Catholic Church ( ) General Directory for Catechesis (1997) National Directory for Catechesis (2005) US Catholic Catechism for Adults (200?)

8 Signs of Vitality Challenges

9 Purpose of a Directory To provide fundamental theological and pastoral principles To offer guidelines To set forth the nature, purpose, object, task, basic content, methodologies

10 Proclaiming the Gospel in the United States Chapter 1

11 The circumstances in which the catechetical process takes place condition both the reception of the Gospel and the response to it.


13 Diversity Religious Diversity Cultural Diversity Diversity within the church –Ethnic –Autonomous churches Regional

14 American Catholics Demographics Personnel Families and Home

15 Catechesis Within the churchs Mission of Evangelization Chapter 2

16 Evangelization is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the church, her deepest identity. She exists to evangelize.

17 Dynamics of Evangelization Preevangelization Missionary Activity Initiatory Catechesis Mystagogy Permanent Continuing Catechesis

18 Catechesis An essential moment in the Churchs Mission of Evangelization Nature and Purposeto mature initial conversion, to make it into a living, explicit and fruitful confession of faith. Initiatory and Ongoing Catechesis

19 Six Tasks of Catechesis Knowledge of the Faith Knowledge of the meaning of Liturgy and the sacraments Moral Formation in Christ Teaching the Christian how to pray with Christ Prepare Christian to Live in Community and participate actively in the life and mission of the Church Promotes Missionary Spirit

20 Inculturation The insertion of the Gospel message into cultures

21 A faith that does not become culture –is not fully accepted, –not entirely thought out, –not faithfully lived. John Paul II

22 Definition The penetration of the deepest strata of persons and peoples by the Gospel which touches them deeply, going to the very center and roots (EN 20) of their cultures (#109) A Double Movement of Mutuality Christian Faith Local Culture

23 Principles for Inculturation Compatibility with the Gospel Communion with the Universal Church

24 Basic Principles of Catechesis Sacred Scripture Catechism of the Catholic Church National Directory for Catechesis The General Directory for Catechesis –Magisterium of the Church –Second Vatican Council –Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us

25 This is Our Faith; This Is the Faith of the Church Chapter 3

26 The presentation of the Gospels should be done in such a way as to elicit an encounter with Christ, who provides the key to the whole biblical revelation and communicates the call of God that summons each one to respond.

27 Catechesis must be centered in the Gospel because Jesus Christ is their center. Jesus is the definitive Revelation of God Gospel message proceeds through Christ, to the Father, in the Holy Spirit Leads to profession of faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

28 Trinitarian Character of the Christian Message Central mystery of Christian Faith and Life Moral implications for Christians gathered into the unity of the Holy Trinity

29 Evangelization Christs message of liberation is situated within the specifically religious objective of evangelization.

30 Inculturation of the Christian Message Process that brings the transforming power of the Gospel to touch persons in their hearts and cultures at their deepest levels.

31 Catechesis in a Worshiping Community Chapter 5

32 Catechesis in a Worshiping Community …faith gathers the community for worship, and worship renews the faith of the community. Second Vatican Council clearly identifies the rites of the Church with the Paschal Mystery of Christ, adequately integrated with the Eucharist as the principal celebration of that mystery

33 Baptismal Catechumenate: Inspiration for All Catechesis Inspires a continuing catechesis Gospel message engages the culture of the catechumens – take flesh Fruitful blend of instruction and formation in the faith An admirable model for the whole of the Churchs catechetical efforts

34 Church: Sacramental Reality Ecclesial aspects of the churchs life Transformation of our humanity Moments of reflection shared with one another in community Persons participate knowingly, devoutly, and actively in the sacraments

35 Catechesis and Liturgy Liturgy is inherently catechetical It is not simply the knowledge of Godone comes to know the living God

36 Adult Education for Life In other words, sacramental life is impoverished and very soon turns into hollow ritualism if it is not based on serious knowledge of the meaning of the sacraments, and catechesis becomes intellectualized if it fails to come alive in sacramental practice.

37 When catechesis is permeated by a climate of prayer, the assimilation of the entire Christian life reaches its summit.

38 Liturgical Year Catechesis for recognizing Gods presence in time, for keeping time holy, and for the interiorization of the liturgical year is directed to every Christian Parish liturgies that allow this to happen are essential Liturgy Committees that are well formed for service

39 Sacred Art, Architecture, and Music Turns human minds, hearts, and souls towards God Enhances prayer Creates an atmosphere for communal worship that gives glory and praise to God

40 Catechesis for Life in Christ Chapter 6

41 Persons are made to Live in Communion with God We are born through the creative energies of God present in the procreative activities of a man and a woman. -story of life -genes, culture, consciousness, history -supported and energized by forces rooted in God (Scripture) -filtered through nature, human society

42 Challenges to the Dignity of the Human Person -Right to life: abortion and euthanasia, Capital Punishment -Biological and technological developments -Treatment of immigrants and illegal aliens

43 Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. Lev.19:2 Moral Formation in Christ The Human Community Moral Formation in the Gospel Message Catechesis on the Decalogue

44 Catechesis for life in Christ stirs the heart, enlightens the mind and it inspires the soul - forms correct consciences -choose what is morally good -avoid sin -live according to the promptings of the Holy Spirit

45 Catechizing the People of God in Diverse Settings Chapter 7

46 Catechesis Directed Towards Discipleship Adult Catechesis – relates the content of faith to life experience –enables one to read the signs of the times in light of the Gospel Elderly Young Adults

47 Faith Development is Lifelong Catechesis of Adolescents Profession of Faith Celebration of the Christian Mystery Life in Christ and Christian Prayer Comprehension Program of Pastoral Ministry for Youth

48 Catechesis of Infants and Children Parents role is irreplaceable Structured Catechesis Memorization, Ritual and the use of senses in the study of religion

49 Principles, Guidelines for Presenting the Gospel in Diverse Setting Catechesis: –Person with Disabilities –Special Situation

50 Interreligious Dialogue The Unity of the Church Ecumenical Catechesis Catechesis in relation to Jews Other Non-Christian Religions

51 Those Who Catechize Chapter 8

52 All Members of the Christian Community Participate in the Catechetical Mission Shared responsibility of Bishop and Diocesan Staff Collaboration: priests, deacons, religious and laity

53 Shared Responsibility Pastors and Parish Leadership Parents and Families Ministry of Catechesis –C–Call –F–Formation –O–Ongoing Formation

54 Organizing Catechetical Ministry Chapter 9

55 General Principles Part of an overall pastoral plan Person centered Supports the family as basic Shared by all the members Clear statement of goals, accountability and communication Equitable distribution of resources and services Flow from catechetical needs.

56 Structures The organization of catechetical pastoral care has as its reference point the bishop and the diocese. Bishopmanagement of catechesis –Priority –Personnel –Global program –Goals, structures to carry out –Norms Catechetical Commission

57 Parish Community Parish Plan Parish Catechetical Commission

58 Resources Chapter 10

59 Written Word Scripture Catechism Textbooks

60 Communication Technology and Catechesis The Impact of Communications Media in Catechesis Instruments of Catechesis

61 Break

62 Divine and Human Methodology Chapter 4

63 Gods own methodology engages persons and communities in light of their circumstances and their capacity to accept and interpret Revelation.

64 Human Methodology Inductive Method Deductive Method The deductive method, however, has full value only when the inductive process is completed.

65 Human Experience Constituent element in catechesis Human experience serves in the examination and acceptance of the truths which are contained in the deposit of revelation. (#29, A)

66 Learning By Discipleship Adult Faith Formation Each parish a center for adult faith formation. Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us

67 Learning Within Christian Community Liturgy The parish serves as an effective catechetical agent precisely to the extent that it is a clear, living, and authentic sacrament of Christ. On the other hand, where a parish is lifeless and stagnant, it undermines both evangelization and catechesis. In such a situation, no catechetical program can be expected to overcome the catechetical message of the parish as a whole.

68 Learning Within a Christian Family Because it is the church of the home the family proves a unique locus for catechesis. Parents are primary educators and first heralds of the faith.

69 Learning Through the Witness of the Catechists Catechist Formation Next to home and family, the witness of the catechist may be pivotal in every phase of the catechetical process.

70 Learning By Heart Elementary Catechesis The ability to express the one faith in a language that can be understood by all within the cultural diversity of the Church in the United States not only deepens the common understanding of the faith but also forms an indispensable condition for living that faith.

71 Making A Commitment to Live the Christian Life Sacramental Formation As a general condition of Christian life, the faithful actively respond to Gods loving initiative through praying; celebrating the sacraments and the Liturgy….

72 Learning by Apprenticeship Youth Catechesis It is a guided encounter with the entire Christian life, a journey toward conversion to Christ.

73 Accountability and Evaluation Catechetical programs should be evaluated on a regular basis in light of the stated goals and objectives Goals and objectives evaluated in light of catechetical needs and available resources Norms and guidelines of the NDC provide criteria for evaluation.

74 Leadership The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader.

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