“The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” Our Mission: “The mission of catechesis is to assist Catholics of all ages to understand that growth in faith is a lifelong process and to foster faith formation in the tradition of the Catholic faith through hearing the message proclaimed, gathering for worship, and experiencing community. This community in turn reaches beyond its own interest to evangelize and give service to the Reign of God.” (CCC739, CCC768)
Our Action Plan:
Through the course of this seasonal year the catechesis program at St. Finbarr will work to provide age and grade specific education and materials designed to permit the student to work to grow their faith in the Catholic tradition. Minimum standards in Sacred Scripture, doctrine, and sacraments will be addressed for each grade level. In addition, principles of community service, the development of personal prayer, spirituality and morality will all be provided age/grade specific discussion and development.
Our specific actions will include catechists’ meeting three evenings per month with the students for traditional instruction of subject material, review of text, and suggested spiritual growth tactic for the home. Typical sessions will include instruction, question and answer and prayer.
Instructional sessions will begin the middle of October and conclude in May of 2012. Specific dates will be established after all students have registered and the most convenient time of day established for students and parents.
For those students who are preparing for the sacrament of Reconciliation, first Holy Communion or the sacrament of Confirmation, there will be additional preparation required of each student. Knowing and appreciating the centrality of the Eucharist and the importance of the Sacraments in the life of a Catholic will be developed through additional formal meeting with our parish catechists and clergy staff.
Students enrolled in sacramental preparation will have completed the prior year of St. Finbarr’s religious education class before entering into a specific sacramental program.
Families must pre-register each child in their family. (Grade level, age and sacramental status must be known to facilitate acquiring the correct instructional materials for each child.)