Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Community-Building Power of VBS

Vacation Bible School and the Fifth Task of Catechesis LISANNE JENSEN Ask a child the question, “How was Vacation Bible School today?” and you’re likely to...

Integrating Catechesis into Youth Ministry

Catechesis balances program offerings of evangelization and service ERIC GROTH Good youth ministry is comprehensive. Done well, it integrates opportunities to evangelize, form, and serve. We...

Mini-Mystagogy

How to Teach the Sacraments After Students Experience Them Jared Dees The General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) and other Church documents on evangelization and catechesis...

The Importance of Liturgical Orientation in Catechesis

BY TIMOTHY P. O'MALLEY  The second task of catechesis — liturgical education All catechesis should be liturgical. Such a claim may generate immediate (and possibly negative)...

Training Disciple-Makers

BY JONATHAN F. SULLIVAN An apprentice is a novice student who learns under the tutelage of a master of an art or craft such as...

Advice from a Master Catechist: Learning Benchmarks

Question: Are there standards and benchmarks set for children taking catechism classes throughout the Church (in the United States)? For example, can we say...

The Top 10 Things that Every Catechist Needs to Know

BY LISA MLADINICH 1) Prayer and study are essential. As we grow in knowledge and love of God, we become radiant witnesses to his saving power....

God’s Sacramental Plan: Why we need the Sacraments and the Church

The big picture on why we need sacraments and the Church BY MARC CARDARONELLA Sacraments form the backbone of our religious formation programs. Parents celebrate them,...

Helping Students and Families Learn About Purgatory 

BY SUSAN TASSONE  Purgatory — a masterpiece of God’s mercy It’s no small wonder that coming up with a lesson plan on purgatory can be challenging....

The First Task of Catechesis: Knowledge of God and Our Faith

By Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND Practices for Forming the Faith in Children What can be known about the Catholic faith is as immense as the...