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Catechesis is an education in the faith for children, young people, and adults which includes especially, the teaching of Christian Doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to imitating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. (CCC 5, CT 18)
This mission of the office of Catechist Formation and Children’s Catechesis is to foster an authentic and genuine presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the faithful. In particular the transmission of this Christocentric message is rooted in the instruction of faith and morals. In other words, the aim of catechesis and the mission of this office are to place the person in intimacy and communion with Jesus Christ. (Catechesis In Our Time 5)
As catechetical members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church we hold a responsibility not only to learn our Catholic faith, but teach it to all who will listen. The ministry of catechesis serves the Church in a decisive mission. This teaching first and foremost is passed on through the apostles and their successors, the Bishops of the Catholic Church.
The moment of catechesis is that which corresponds to the period in which conversion to Jesus Christ is formalized, and provides a basis for first adhering to him. (General Directory for Catechesis 63)
In the Greek (Katechein) the term catechesis means to reecho what Christ has taught. Thus, catechesis is the delivery of Jesus’ teaching found in what we call the Deposit of Faith which is made up of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. The most visible form of the Deposit of Faith is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Catechesis is the organic, systematic, re-echoing of Catholic Church teaching to all who will listen.
Quite early on, the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ. (CCC 4, CT 1;2) Catechesis is the education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. (CCC 5)
This is a quarterly publication from the Office of Children’s Catechesis and Catechist Formation. It is in English and Español, and is primarily for Directors of Religious Education.
Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Lucia Romo Sanchez