Archive | 5:12 pm

Catechetically Speaking

2 Aug

Today we continue our weekly series on the Church’s catechetical mission. The inspiration for this series comes from the Holy Father himself, who desires that we bridge the gap between faith and the everyday lives of believers through sound catechetical formation.

Before going deeper into our series, I think we should define our terms. The glossary at the back of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, defines catechesis as “an education of children, young people, and adults in the faith of the Church through the teaching of Christian doctrine in an organic and systematic way to make them disciples of Jesus Christ. Those who perform the ministry of catechesis in the Church are called ‘catechists.’”

I think the word “catechesis” can be part of the problem when it comes to embracing the Church’s catechetical efforts. It is the ugly step-sister of “evangelization.” Think about it. Evangelization is hip. According to Blessed John Paul II, it’s “new,” upbeat, and capable of energizing the youth. One will expect a lot of “evangelization” at the World Youth Day festivities this month.

After all, evangelization is about proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Everybody, Catholic and Protestant alike, can get excited about that.

Catechesis, on the other hand, sounds foreign to many people. Continue reading