Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Roadmap for the Future

Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Roadmap for the Future

by Fr. Robert J. Hater


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With an engaging and personal style, Fr. Bob Hater considers both the future and the past in this one-of-a-kind bridge building book about catechesis in America. Discover Fr. Hater's entirely new concept for catechesis - a Common Sense approach. It takes into account the historical framework over the course of the twentieth century and overlays key concepts to give catechetical leaders and catechists, usually volunteers, what they need to succeed today. Common Sense Catechesis requires two main things of the catechist: 1. Knowing the basic teachings to be taught, and, 2. Devising ways to present them clearly and effectively, At the same time, Fr. Hater acknowledges the elements of each catechetical approach along the way…, The memorization approach of the early twentieth century, The chaotic approach of the late 1960s and 1970s, and the effects of Vatican II, The experiential approach of the 1980s and 1990s, The systematic approach from the 1990s to today, and the influence of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Let Fr. Hater's common sense approach bring energy and life to your catechetical ministry, ensuring that Christ is at the center of it all. Now that makes sense!

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ISBN-13: 9781612787787
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Acknowledgments 17

Introduction 19

Chapter 1 Setting the Foundation 25

Chapter 2 Systematic - Memorization Period (First Part of the Twentieth Century to Vatican II, 1962-1965) 37

Chapter 3 Eclectic - Chaotic Period (Late 1960s To 1980) 63

Chapter 4 Experiential - Systematic Period (1980s - 1990s) 121

Chapter 5 Systematic - Experiential Period (1990s to the Present) 155

Chapter 6 Incarnational Catechesis in a Contemporary Context 197

Chapter 7 Common Sense Catechesis (Systematic-Personalistic) 219

Conclusion 255

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