The six tasks of catechesis constitute a unified whole by which catechesis seeks to achieve its objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus.
(NDC 20, p. 61-63 GDC 86-87)
We are excited to be offering, for the eighth year in a row, a holistic, intergenerational approach to faith formation, called GIFT (Generations in Faith Together). We are the only parish in the immediate area offering this type of family-based, intergenerational faith formation. This approach is designed to support all members of the family in their faith journey — to meet each individual where they are. Because we are a small parish, we are able to customize our content and offer topics that are important to you. All families who are participating in faith formation are encouraged to attend our GIFT gatherings. These gatherings provide the foundation for reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation preparation, youth ministry and children’s liturgy of the word.
Our pastoral plan, Shaping our Future, affirms our commitment to building up the family as the domestic church, and our programs are designed to support that vision. Families with children or youth preparing for sacraments are guided through the preparation process together.
The National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) has identified these six tasks of catechesis. Our programs are designed with these tasks in mind, but with a special emphasis on strengthening the domestic Church.
Thus the little domestic Church, like the greater Church, needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized: hence its duty regarding permanent education in the faith…the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates…the future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home (Pope Francis, Extraordinary Synod on the Family #51-52).
The Six Tasks of Catechesis
- Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith
- Catechesis promotes a knowledge of the meaning of Liturgy and Sacraments
- Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ
- Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ
- Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church
- Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society