Introduction to Catechesis

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Summary

Vatican II called for a renewal in Catechesis. From the close of Vatican II until the present time various Church documents have been published guiding both the content and process of catechesis by both Rome and the bishops of the United States. The General Directory for Catechesis (GDC), the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) speak of "the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ" (GDC #90, NDC p55 and CCC #426). This course will present the ministry of catechesis in light of this statement. It will consider catechesis from the perspective of evangelization and how baptismal catechumenate is an inspiration for catechesis. The course will focus more on the process and methods for catechesis than the content. Thus the course will also look at who is to be catechized, appropriate methods, lesson planning, creative catechesis and the importance and vocation of the catechist.

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's.

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