Catechetical Principles

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:1-2

Formation sets as its goal, in the first place, making catechists aware that as baptized persons they are true missionary disciples, meaning active participants in evangelization, and on this basis are enabled by the Church to communicate the Gospel and to accompany and educate believers in the faith.

Directory for Catechesis, 132

Leading to Jesus Series

Catechesis is about more than just transmitting facts and ideas, it is about helping people to get to know Jesus and to live a life as His disciple. This 7-part series will look at some of the fundamental principles to keep in mind when teaching the Faith so that that teaching can bear the fruit we would all like it to bear. These sessions will be of benefit for anyone who teaches others about the Faith, i.e., parents, catechists, RCIA team members, youth ministers and core, DREs, CREs, etc.
 These sessions will be held in person at the Shrine of St. Therese in Pueblo and will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Pueblo Facebook page and Vimeo page.

Schedule and Vimeo Links:

Each session will be 7:30-8:00 PM.

Session 1: Christocentricity, Part 1


On Catechesis in Our Time, St. John Paul II – see paragraph 5

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • Talk about a time when you heard someone teaching about the Faith and you really were inspired to get closer to Jesus.
  • Was Jesus at the center of the teaching you thought about in the previous question?
  • Do you/how could you think about how Jesus is at the center of whatever you are sharing about the Faith with others?

Session 2: Christocentricity, Part 2


On Catechesis in Our Time, St. John Paul II – see paragraph 6

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • What does it mean to you to have a part in transmitting the Good News of Jesus Christ as has been done for 2,000 years?
  • Why does it not diminish you but build you up that you are not expected to come up with your own doctrine?
  • What can you do to make sure you faithfully echo what Jesus has handed on to us?

Session 3: Making Room for the Holy Spirit


On Catechesis in Our Time, St. John Paul II – see paragraph 72

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • Can you describe a time when you saw the Holy Spirit at work in a catechetical setting?
  • What is one step you can take to make more room for the Holy Spirit in your catechesis?
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you, your catechesis, and your students.

Session 4: You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have


Ways to deepen your relationship with Jesus:

  • Pray – including making room for encounters with Jesus
  • Sacraments and other channels of grace
  • Spend time in Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church
  • Listen to others’ stories
  • Talk with someone whose faith you admire
  • Invite Jesus into your life

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • What is one thing you could do to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus?
  • Is there something holding you back from a deeper relationship with Jesus or from sharing about your relationship with others?
  • Pray to Jesus inviting Him into your life.

Session 5: Disciples Make Disciples


Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • Is there a disciple that you look up to in the faith?
  • What is one thing you can do to be a better disciple of Jesus?
  • How can you model prayer or a Christian worldview or a certain way of relating to others to those you are catechizing?

Session 6: People are More Important than Programs


Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • What are some specific ways you can make sure to keep the one being catechized more important than the program?
  • What are some specific ways you can make sure that you, as the catechist, are more important than the program?  (recalling that “Disciples make disciples”)
  • What are some specific ways you can make sure to keep the Persons of the Holy Trinity more important than the program in your catechesis?

Session 7: Gradually and in Stages


Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  • How has God revealed Himself to you in your life gradually and in stages?
  • How do you see your work of catechesis progressing gradually?  Can you think of a time when someone wasn’t ready/couldn’t hear something you were teaching but became ready later?
  • What practical things can you do to make sure that your catechesis moves in stages?  In particular, how are you going to make sure that the pre-evangelization and evangelization stages are incorporated into your catechesis?

Online Formation with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University of Steubenville

The Diocese of Pueblo has a partnership with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University of Steubenville. The online workshops of the Catechetical Institute provide solid and inspiring doctrinal, methodological, and spiritual formation in catechesis. Individual and parish subscriptions are available. To visit the Diocese of Pueblo landing page on their learning platform, click here. To learn more about the Catechetical Institute, click here.

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