Catechesis: A Moment of Evangelization

In our first lesson, we begin with the words of Jesus at the end of St. Matthew’s Gospel:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.

We break apart this Gospel passage and learn how evangelization is the primary, essential mission of the Catholic Church. Then, we see how the work of catechesis is a moment within the overall process of evangelization. We come to understand how catechesis gives growth, in knowledge and life, the disciple who is maturing in the Christian faith.

The Great Commission

The Nature of Catechesis
at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth … Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.
Pope John Paul II
Catechesi Tradendae #5

In our second lesson, we break open the definition of catechesis and come to understand various aspects of its nature. We come to see how each of these aspects can be brought to bear in a practical fashion in the classroom.

We study the goal or aim of all catechesis, introduce the learner to the 6 tasks of catechesis, and see how each of these tasks help to achieve the overall goal.

Finally, we see how the baptismal catechumenate serves as an inspiration and model for all catechesis.

Prayer

The Content of Catechesis
Catechism of the Catholic Church

In our third lesson, we examine the content of catechesis as laid out for us by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which follows a 4-part structure:

  • The Profession of Faith
  • The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
  • Life in Christ
  • Christian Prayer

In this lesson, you will discover answers to the following four important questions:

  • What did Blessed Pope John XXIII say at the opening of the Second Vatican Council and why is this significant?
  • What is “the Apostolic Kerygma”?
  • What are the 5 foundational truths of Divine Revelation?
  • What are some practical tips on using the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
Inculturating the Gospel Message

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In our fourth lesson, we answer the following questions:

  1. What is inculturation?
  2. What are some of the contemporary challenges that catechists face?
  3. What does the Church mean by apologetics and why is it important?

We come to understand how the Incarnation of the eternal Word of God serves as the inspiration and model for inculturating the Gospel message in catechesis.

We are experiencing the rise of the New Atheism amidst a postmodern and post-Christian culture of materialism, secularism, and relativism. This requires us to engage in the work of apologetics in a manner that is truly Christian and balanced.

Those Who Are Catechized

Those Who Are Catechized

In our fifth lesson, we examine the psychological development of the human person from the early years, through youth, into adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, maturity, and the later years. We learn about the three stages of religious development and the classic stages of spiritual development via the purgative, illuminative, and unitive ways.

We take what we’ve learned above and show how we can catechize more effectively by taking these stages into account. We also learn about the three major learning styles:

  • Auditory Learners
  • Visual Learners
  • Kinesthetic Learners

Finally, we touch upon the adult learning model.

Methodology: Part 1

Students

In our sixth lesson, we learn how to model our catechesis after the way God has taught and formed his people throughout Salvation History, which is called the “Divine Pedagogy.”

We learn the difference between “deductive” and “inductive” methods of learning, and bring this down to the practical level as we learn about learning! We also discuss the importance of personal experience, memorization, and questions in the work of catechesis..

You will come away from this lesson with numerous practical recommendations, equipped with great resources that you can apply immediately and in the years to come.

Methodology: Part 2

Trinity

In our seventh lesson, we continue from where we left off in the previous lesson.

We examine how to use sacred art and video as quality tools for an effective catechesis. We introduce the catechist to a particularly effective catechetical method, which can be applied in any catechetical setting. It is composed of five, simple steps:

  1. Preparation
  2. Proclamation
  3. Explanation
  4. Application
  5. Celebration

The catechist will learn how to:

  • Root one’s teaching in the inspired Word of God
  • Apply the truth to our students’ lived experience
  • Center the message upon Jesus Christ
  • Dispel Misconceptions that often arise
  • Connect doctrines to one another to show the beautiful unity of the Faith
The Spirituality of the Catechist

In our eighth and final lesson, we focus upon the person, vocation, and spirituality of the catechist… starting with the words of Pope Paul VI in his famous exhortation titled Evangelii Nuntiandi (“On Evangelization in the Modern World”):

Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses!

 

Spirituality

 

The catechist is encouraged to form a deep prayer life rooted in the liturgy and the sacraments. We encourage regular confession, weekday Mass, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, & spiritual reading.

The catechist must spend as much time with God and he or she does speaking about God!

 

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Each lesson contains high quality video instruction.

Below, you may sample one sample video taken from each of the lessons

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“The Work of the Holy Spirit” (Taken from Lesson 1)

“Catechesis is Trinitarian” (Taken from Lesson 2)

“The Compendium to the Catechism” (Taken from Lesson 3)

“Inculturation in Catechesis” (Taken from Lesson 4)

“The Role of the Family” (Taken from Lesson 5)

“Jesus the Master Teacher” (Taken from Lesson 6)

“Sacred Art” (Taken from Lesson 7)

“A Missionary Apostle” (Taken from Lesson 8)

 

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This course provides a solid, working foundation for all catechists, no matter what form of catechesis you are involved in…

  • Parish catechesis for children (K-8)
  • High school youth ministry
  • Sacramental preparation for children
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
  • Adult confirmation
  • Marriage preparation
  • Adult faith formation
  • Any other form of catechesis!

 

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If your particular [arch]diocese requires catechist certification, it may have approved this course to count as credit towards such certification.

Please check with your [arch]diocesan office for catechesis.

 

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