Presentation on theme: "The National Directory for Catechesis"— Presentation transcript:
1 The National Directory for Catechesis An Introduction forParish CatechistsandCatholic School Teachers
2 A Document for Our Times Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.MT 28:19-20a
3 Background Renewal of catechesis called for by Vatican II General Catechetical Directory: 1971Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: 1972On Evangelization in the Modern World: 1976U.S. National Catechetical Directory: 1979Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1987General Directory for Catechesis: 1998U.S. National Directory for Catechesis: 2005
4 Goals of the New Directory To provide basic theological and pastoral principles for catechesis in the U.S.To offer guidelines for the application of these principles that will continue the renewal of catechesis in the U.S.To set for the nature, purpose, object, tasks, basic content, and various methodologies of catechesis
5 Relationship to the Catechism of the Catholic Church The Catechism provides the content for catechesis.The National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) focuses on the context, meaning, and methodologies for catechesis.The NDC also provides a concise summary of the catechesis of the Catechism.
6 General Overview of the NDC The Context and Meaning of Catechesis(Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2)The Content and Method of Catechesis (Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6)The People Who Do Catechesis(Chapters 7, 8)Organization and Resources for Catechesis(Chapters 9, 10)
7 Chapter 1:Proclaiming the Gospel in the United States Wide variety of ethnic cultures and religious practices across the United StatesThe general characteristics of U.S. culture:freedom, pragmatism, science/technology, globalization, and mobilityThe important influence and role of the Catholic family in faith formation
8 Demographics of U.S. Catholics Population: more than 62 millionBetter educated and more affluent than at Vatican IIEthnic balance similar to that of US.(Exceptions: slightly fewer African-American; more Hispanic)More ethnically diverse than Church in any other countrySignificant differences in attitudes among generationsHalf million Eastern Rite Catholics in U.S.
9 Pastoral Life in U.S. Church More Catholics, fewer priestsNumber of parishes without resident priests has increased 11% since 1980.Size of parish populations growingFewer young people in Catholic schools; more in parish religious educationOne third of all parishes minister to more than one ethnic group.One third of parishes are rural.
10 For DiscussionWhat are three cultural issues or influences in your parish or school?What effect do these issues have on how you catechize?
11 Signs of Vitality in Catechesis in the U.S. Strong published catechetical programsIncreasing ethnic, racial, and cultural diversityGreater emphasis catechist formationGrowth of lay ministryWide implementation of RCIAStronger sense of Church’s mission in catechesisStronger efforts in adult faith formation
12 More Signs of Vitality Strengthening of Youth Ministry Outreach of Catholic schools to the poor and disadvantagedGrowing emphasis on Church’s social justice teachingAttention to communication technology in catechesis
13 Chapter 2: Catechesis and Evangelization Evangelization is the call of every Christian.Evangelization to the world and to members of the Church as wellA “New Evangelization”:Called for by John Paul IIAddressed to the Church herselfTo the baptized never effectively evangelizedTo those whose faith needs refreshingTo those who are alienated
14 Discipleship: The Goal of Catechesis Catechesis aims to bring about in the believer an ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deeper knowledge and love of his person and message, and a firm commitment to follow him.NDC 1.19A
15 Catechesis as a Moment in the Process of Evangelization Inspired by baptismal catechumenateSource of catechesis: Scripture and TraditionObject: intimate relationship with Jesus ChristTasks:Knowledge of the FaithParticipation in liturgical and sacramental lifeMoral formationLearning to prayPreparation and participation in communityDeveloping a missionary spirit
16 Inculturating the Message Inculturation both adapts the message to each culture and attempts to correct the culture where necessary.Catechesis must be inculturated so that it will take root effectively.Inculturation allows faith to connect with life so that people will be disposed to receive Jesus.
17 For Discussion What would make your catechesis more evangelizing? What is one way that you have tried to inculturate the Gospel message?
18 3. The Faith of the ChurchChapter 3 summarizes the criteria for authentic presentation of the Gospel message.Scripture, the CCC, the General Directory for Catechesis, and the NDC are complementary sources for the message.Scripture guides catechesis.The NDC looks to the CCC as the norm for catechetical content.
19 Authentic Presentation of the Faith Trinitarian, yet centered on ChristPresented as Good News of salvation and liberationComes from and leads to the ChurchPresents the message within the context of its relationship to salvation historyComprehensive, yet recognizes the hierarchy of truthsInculturates the messageTeaches the dignity of the human personProvides learners with a common language of faith
20 4. Divine and Human Methodology God’s methodology:Engages persons in light of their circumstances and capacityRealized graduallyFully achieved in Jesus ChristTold in Scripture and TraditionSource and model of the pedagogy of the truth
21 Human Methodologies: The Ways We Come to Faith Human experienceBecoming a disciple of Jesus ChristLiving in a Christian communityLiving in a Christian familyThe witness of catechistsLearning by heartPracticing the Christian way of lifeApprenticing oneself to faithful Christians
22 5. Catechesis in a Worshipping Community Intrinsically linked with liturgy and sacraments: precedes liturgy and springs from itPlaces Eucharist at the centerIncorporates liturgical and personal prayerHelps to make the signs, symbols, and actions of the liturgy both known and loved
23 Sacramental Catechesis Appropriate to the age level and maturity of those being catechizedInvolves the whole community of faithInvolves parents in the children’s formationIntegrates with a comprehensive catechetical programFocuses on the symbols, rituals, and prayers in each riteOffers an experience of mystagogy
24 Art, Music, Time, and Space in Sacramental Catechesis Acknowledges God’s presence in timeTeaches religious customs and traditionsUses Christian art to catechizeTeaches the significance of Church architecture and furnishingsIntroduces learners to Christian music from the traditionIncorporates sacramentals and popular piety
25 6. Morality: Catechesis for Life in Christ Catholic Morality:Rooted in the dignity of the human personRespects every human as a free and responsible agentRecognizes that humanity is capable of sinMoral Catechesis:Presents principles and practiceIntegrates principles with lived experienceDemonstrates the social consequences of the Gospel
26 Social Justice Imbedded in the Gospel message A body of doctrine and a living traditionA constitutive element of the MagisteriumIndividual responsibility for social injusticeObligation of the Church to train members to apply Christian principles to contemporary problems
27 Content of Moral Catechesis Ten Commandments and Beatitudes as reference points for moral behaviorCommandments and Beatitudes to be learned by heartIncludes Scripture stories, lives of saints, spiritual and corporal works of mercy, virtues, capital sinsNDC provides guidance for teaching each Commandment or Beatitude
28 For Discussion What and who has influenced your faith the most? What insights did you gain from chapters 4, 5, and 6 about how to catechize others?What area of catechesis seems most challenging to you?
29 7. Catechizing the People of God Growth in faith is related to human growth.Catechesis is lifelong.Adult catechesis is the norm.Adolescent catechesis promotes active discipleship and spiritual growth.The role of the family is crucial to faith development.Structured programs support the family, not vice versa.
30 Catechesis of Children School-aged children require a structured parish or school catechetical program.Home-based programs must be coordinated with the parish.Programs must promote respect for pluralism.People with disabilities must be included.Catechesis on ecumenism and religious life must be included, especially regarding Judaism.
31 9. Norms for Catechists and Religion Teachers Catechists and teachers of religion must be trained through diocesan-approved programs.Requirements for catechists:A love of God and the ChurchA faithful practice of the Christian lifePersonal prayer lifeA missionary zeal to proclaim the Good NewsActive participation in a parish, including attendance at Sunday EucharistA devotion to Mary and the Eucharist
32 Conclusions about the NDC Provides the fundamental theological and pastoral principles for catechesis in the U.S.A source of inspiration for the “new evangelization” and the renewal of catechesisGuided by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the first and model disciple of Jesus Christ