National Directory of Catechesis

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Jesus commanded his followers to go, proclaim the Gospel, and bring others into communion with God. As they respond to that call, leaders in catechesis and education find their inspiration for catechesis in the National Directory for Catechesis.

This much awaited companion to the General Directory for Catechesis builds on the core themes of the GDC (like catechesis's relationship to evangelization and worship), serves as a reference point for forming catechists and developing resources, and provides practical tools for doing catechesis well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574554434
  • Publisher: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 248,549
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 3
1 A Vision for the National Directory for Catechesis 3
2 Renewal of Catechesis 7
3 Signs of Vitality in Catechetical Ministry in the United States 8
4 Challenges in Catechetical Ministry in the United States 12
A Challenges to Catechesis from Social and Cultural Conditions 13
B Challenges to Catechesis Regarding Doctrine 13
C Challenges in the Ministry of Catechesis 15
5 Purpose of the Directory 17
6 Audience and Use 17
7 Authority 18
8 Conclusion 18
Chapter 1 Proclaiming the Gospel in the United States 21
9 Introduction 21
10 General Characteristics of U.S. Culture 22
A Freedom 22
B Religious Freedom 23
C Economic Freedom 24
D Pragmatism 24
E Interest in Science and Technology 25
F Globalization 26
G Mobility 27
11 Diversity in U.S. Culture 28
A Cultural Diversity 28
B Religious Diversity 28
C Diversity Within the Catholic Church 29
D Regional Diversity 32
12 Profile of Catholics in the United States 34
A Demographics 34
B Pastoral Life 35
C Personnel 36
13 Family and Home in the United States 36
14 Conclusion 40
Chapter 2 Catechesis Within the Church's Mission of Evangelization 41
15 Introduction 41
16 Revelation 42
A God's Self-Disclosure in Salvation History 42
B The Transmission of Revelation 44
C Faith 45
17 Evangelization and the Ministry of the Word 46
A The New Evangelization 46
B Conversion 48
C The Process of Evangelization 49
D The Context of Evangelization 50
E Pastoral Directives for Evangelization 51
18 Source and Sources of Catechesis 53
19 Nature and Purpose of Catechesis: Initiatory and Ongoing 54
A Nature and Purpose of Catechesis 54
B The Object of Catechesis 55
C Catechesis and the Church 56
D Initiatory Catechesis 57
E Ongoing Catechesis 58
20 Tasks of Catechesis 59
21 Inculturation of the Gospel Message 63
A The Mystery of the Incarnation: Model of Evangelization 63
B The Evangelization of Culture 63
C The Process of Inculturation 64
D Inculturation and the Media 66
22 Conclusion 67
Chapter 3 This Is Our Faith; This Is the Faith of the Church 69
23 Introduction 69
24 The Symphony of the Faith 70
A Normative Instruments of Catechesis 70
B Sacred Scripture 70
C The Catechism of the Catholic Church 71
25 Criteria for the Authentic Presentation of the Christian Message 75
A The Christian Message, Centered on Christ 75
B The Trinitarian Character of the Christian Message 77
C The Christian Message That Proclaims the Good News of Salvation and Liberation from Sin 78
D The Ecclesial Character of the Christian Message 80
E The Historical Character of the Christian Message 81
F The Inculturation of the Christian Message 82
G The Comprehensive Hierarchical Character of the Christian Message 83
H The Communication of Profound Meaning for the Human Person 85
I The Promotion of a Common Language of Faith in Transmitting the Christian Message 86
26 Conclusion 87
Chapter 4 Divine and Human Methodology 89
27 Introduction 89
28 God's Own Methodology 90
A The Pedagogy of God 91
B Catechesis and Divine Methodology 94
29 Elements of Human Methodology 95
A Learning Through Human Experience 97
B Learning by Discipleship 98
C Learning Within the Christian Community 100
D Learning Within the Christian Family 100
E Learning Through the Witness of the Catechist 101
F Learning by Heart 102
G Making a Commitment to Live the Christian Life 104
H Learning by Apprenticeship 104
30 Means of Communication 105
31 Conclusion 107
Chapter 5 Catechesis in a Worshiping Community 109
32 Introduction 109
33 The Relationship Between Catechesis and Liturgy 110
34 Liturgical and Personal Prayer 111
35 Catechesis for the Sacraments in General 113
A Sacraments as Mysteries 113
B General Principles for Sacramental Catechesis 114
C Catechetical Guidelines for Celebration of the Sacraments 114
D Baptismal Catechumenate: Inspiration for All Catechesis 115
36 Catechesis for the Particular Sacraments 118
A Sacraments of Initiation 118
B Sacraments of Healing 131
C The Sacraments at the Service of Communion 138
37 The Sacred: Time (Liturgical Year) and Space (Art) 145
A Sacred Time: The Liturgical Year 145
B Sacred Art, Architecture, and Music 148
38 Sacramentals and Popular Devotions 151
A Sacramentals 151
B Popular Piety and Popular Devotion 152
C Marian Devotion 154
39 Conclusion 156
Chapter 6 Catechesis for Life in Christ 157
40 Introduction 157
41 The Dignity of the Human Person 159
A Creation in the Image and Likeness of God 159
B Some Challenges to the Dignity of the Human Person 160
42 Moral Formation in Christ 163
A Grace 163
B Virtue 164
C The Formation of Moral Conscience 165
D Sin 166
E Challenges to Communicate These Fundamental Realities 167
43 The Human Community 168
A The Communal Character of Life in Christ 168
B Moral Conversion and Society 170
C Principles of Catholic Social Teaching 170
D Social Sin 171
44 Moral Formation in the Gospel Message 172
45 Catechesis on the Decalogue 173
A The First Commandment: I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me 173
B The Second Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain 173
C The Third Commandment: Remember to keep holy the sabbath day 174
D The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother 175
E The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill 175
F The Sixth Commandment: You shall not commit adultery. The Ninth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor's wife 177
G The Seventh Commandment: You shall not steal. The Tenth Commandment: You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor 179
H The Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor 181
I The Decalogue in the Spirit of the Beatitudes 182
46 Conclusion 183
Chapter 7 Catechizing the People of God in Diverse Settings 185
47 Introduction 185
48 Catechesis According to Readiness and Age Levels 187
A Adult Catechesis 187
B Catechesis of the Elderly 193
C Catechesis of Young Adults 195
D Catechesis of Adolescents 199
E Catechesis of Infants and Children 202
49 Catechesis for Persons with Disabilities 206
50 Catechesis in Special Situations 209
51 Catechesis in the Context of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue 210
A The Unity of the Church 210
B The Principles of Ecumenical Catechesis 211
C The Ecumenical Formation of Catechists 212
D Catechesis in Relation to Jews 213
E Catechesis in Relation to Other Non-Christian Religions 214
52 Conclusion 216
Chapter 8 Those Who Catechize 217
53 Introduction 217
54 Differing Roles of Those Who Catechize 218
A The Bishop and Diocesan Staff: A Shared Responsibility 218
B Pastors and Parish Leadership 220
C Parents and Families 234
55 Preparation and Ongoing Formation of Catechists 235
A The Ministry of Catechesis 235
B Discernment of the Call to Catechize 236
C Need for Formation 236
D Initial Formation of Catechists 237
E Ongoing Formation of Catechists 238
F Possible Settings for Catechist Formation 241
56 Conclusion 243
Chapter 9 Organizing Catechetical Ministry 245
57 Introduction 245
58 General Principles and Guidance 246
59 Diocesan Structures 248
A The Bishop 248
B The Diocese 249
C The Diocesan Catechetical Office 250
D Coordination of Catechesis 253
60 The Parish Community 254
A Parish Catechetical Plan 255
B Parish Catechetical Commission or Committee 255
61 Some Pastoral Efforts 256
A Parish-Based Organization for Catechesis 257
B Organization for Catechesis Outside the Parish 267
62 Regional Cooperation and National Associations 274
63 The Service of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 275
64 The Service of the Holy See 276
65 Conclusion 276
Chapter 10 Resources for Catechesis 279
66 Introduction 279
67 Resources in General 280
A Sacred Scripture 280
B Catechism of the Catholic Church 281
C Local Catechisms 282
68 Catechetical Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials 283
A Catechetical Textbooks 283
B Other Instructional Materials 285
69 Communications Technology and Catechesis 286
A The Impact of Communications Media in Catechesis 286
B Instruments of Catechesis 287
C The Media as a Subject of Catechesis 291
70 Preparation and Evaluation of Catechetical Materials 292
A Preparation 292
B Evaluation 295
71 Conclusion 296
Conclusion 297
72 A New Millennium, a Renewed Passion for Catechesis 297
73 The Holy Spirit, the Teacher Within 298
74 Mary, Star of Evangelization 300
Index 303
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    bases and guidelines for Catholic teachings

    A term, concept, calling, and duty from the early days of Christianity, 'catechesis' (related to catechism) is the part of Catholicism concerned with 'education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.' The Second Vatican Council called for a renewal of catechesis in 1971. The 'Directory' provides guidance for this catechesis that is a central part of the Church's activity and aims at all times in all situations with all persons. Mostly for Catholic bishops and priests, the 'Directory' nonetheless does have particular sections for lay persons and its general material on Catholic ideals and theological principles, organizations and procedures, and texts and other resources apply to anyone interested in catechesis, the lifeblood of Catholicism.

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