Christocentric Catechesis

With great anticipation many of us awaited the advent of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Although we’ve had it in hand for two decades we still have a long way to go before we are employing it effectively.  The quintessential and crucial insight of our great catechism is asserted in #426—7:

At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father…Who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.

To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person.  It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by Him.”

In catechesis “Christ the Incarnate Word and Son of God….is taught–everything else is taught with reference to Him–and it is Christ alone who teaches….every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious words of Jesus: “MY TEACHING IS NOT MINE, BUT HIS WHO SENT ME” [CCC #426-7 and CT #5-6].

The Heart of Catechesis is our attempt to assist parents, catechists, and students to find and to be engaged by Jesus Christ in the scriptures; to supplement the endeavor we call the New Evangelization with a “New Catechesis” that follows the “syllabus” employed by Jesus Christ Himself—the unfolding drama of His Life and Public Ministry.

In the following pages of this site you will find:

PHILOSOPHY:  the reasons we have altered our approach to catechesis

LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST:  a syllabus for a course on Jesus’ Life which can also be used as a guide for one’s daily prayer time, for the formation of one’s catechists, or as a matrix for the reorganization of catechetical material from other sources.

CURRICULUM:  An overview of the Heart of Catechesis curriculum and the first two years of the curriculum itself, together with supplementary information and suggestions for an effective implementation of this approach at home and in the parish.

PRAYER:  Finding Jesus in Prayer… Notes and Articles

FAQ:  Frequently Asked Questions about the Heart of Catechesis approach

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