The mission of the Church is to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
“The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ…” (Catechesi Tradendae, no. 5)
“Catechesis is that particular form of the ministry of the word which matures initial conversion to make it into a living, explicit, and fruitful confession of faith.” (General Directory of Catechesis, no. 82)
The fundamental task of catechesis is to “lead believers to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ and the Church and a firm commitment to follow him.” (National Directory for Catechesis, no. 19A)
THE SIX TASKS OF CATECHESIS
- To promote the knowledge of the faith. The Gospel introduces hearers to Christ and invites conversion to him.
- To promote meaningful participation in liturgical worship and the sacramental life of the Church. Since Christ is present in the sacraments, believers come to know Christ in the liturgical celebrations of the Church and are drawn into communion with him.
- To integrate moral formation into a Christian way of life. Moral catechesis brings about personal transformation and conversion. It encourages Christians to give witness in their private lives and in the public arena.
- To teach Christians how to pray with Christ, in Christ, and in communion with the Church. Conversion to Christ and communion with him leads to prayer and reflection.
- To initiate the Christian into the life of the local church community and foster active participation in the mission of the Church. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is the basis of life in community.
- To promote a missionary spirit that prepares Christians to witness to Christ in society. Catechesis seeks to help disciples of Christ to be present in society as believing Christians who are able and willing to bear witness to their faith in words and deeds.
CATECHETICAL MINISTER REFLECTION
A successful catechist takes time for reflection. Use this Catechetical Minister Reflection to prayerfully consider your ministry as a catechist.
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