"The proper goal of our catechetical apostolate is not a theoretical knowledge of Christ and His mystery, but as perfect a living union with Him as possible."
The Art of Teaching Christian Doctrine: Good News and It’s Proclamation, Johannes Hofinger, S.J. & Francis J. Buckley, S.J.
Fall 2020 Religious Education
During this time of social distancing the Office of Catechesis provides guidelines for parishes (and families) for successful faith formation this fall. This will include guidelines for in-person gatherings at the parish. These guidelines are in accord with the Michigan Safe Schools plan established by the Governor. They also include goals and principles to follow when promoting at-home faith formation.
The Office of Catechesis for the Diocese of Lansing (DOL) assists Bishop Boyea in his role as chief catechist to bring all people to the feet of Jesus Christ so that He can work in them the gift of salvation He won for them on the cross. The Office of Catechesis supports parish Pastors, DRE’s and other personnel to succeed in this mission. The recruitment of Catechists and their preparation plays a vital role in this great work.
A Catechist in the Diocese of Lansing is one who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They have the desire to teach and respond to a call from God to participate in the Church’s mission to lead and encourage others to the same.
The Catechist will foster that relationship through:
· An active prayer life
· Regular Participation in the sacraments
· Living a moral life
· Diligent study
The Diocese of Lansing provides formation for certification as a Catechist. The first step in this process is the attend a retreat called Kerygma Encounter. GO HERE for more details.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Office of Catechesis recognizes the value of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) as a sound and effective form of religious formation. For this reason we recommend CGS for use in our parishes and schools.
CGS provides its own formation for catechists. Catechists are required to complete 90+ hours of formation in each level before they lead catechesis in the atrium setting. It is very thorough in methodology and good, but less thorough, in theology. The Office of Catechesis recognizes this formation as sufficient in itself and will grant completion of levels of certification in the Diocesan Catechist Formation Program according to the following system:
CGS Formation Level Diocesan Catechist Formation Certification Level
Level I + Kerygma Encounter = Foundational and Intermediate Certification
Level II = Advanced Certification
Level III = Enrichment
For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd go to the cgsusa.org.
Bishop Boyea has promulgated curriculum for Religious Education programs in both Parish RE programs and Catholic Schools. DRE's and Principals are responsible to insure that this curriculum is followed. Proper training and accountability should be in place to help Catechists map out their yearly schedule according to this curriculum. Approved texts should then be employed to teach the faith according to his plan.
Here is the list of approved Religious Education textbook series according to the USCCB's Conformity to the Catechism process.
Pondering Scripture in Our Hearts
The Diocese of Lansing is pleased to provide our theology curriculum addendum, correlating scripture with our learning outcomes, throughout the years of formation, K-12. It is our hope and prayer that our youth will reflect upon God's word as they are formed in their faith. As they ponder God's word in their hearts may they ever draw more closely to Jesus Christ. May they live the Gospel daily. May they be a light that others may be drawn into relationship with Jesus and his Church.
Preparation Guidelines for Reconciliation and First Communion
Below are guidelines to help parishes ensure that they are helping individuals prepare to participate fully in the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. These guidelines should help to form plans for parish religious education process and help parents begin this process at home. In addition it is designed to aid parents to discern when their child is truly ready to participate in a sacrament rather than just assume they should participate because they have reached a certain age.
Guidelines for using Permission Forms
Click the links below for proper forms.
Here are three primary guidelines to consider to determine whether you need to use permission forms for a trip with youth.
Transportation: Are we providing/arranging/coordinating transportation? Are our people traveling together as a group? and is the travel itself part of the venture?
The event being treated as part of our program: Is the event being treated as an element of our own program? For our people, does attendance at the event take the place of a normally scheduled class or session? and are our people required/expected to attend?
Our own involvement in the event: Is our staff involved in the event? Are some of the presenters, coordinators, performers, speakers, etc., coming from us? Did we help organize or present the event?
Summary: We need permission slips if we are driving people to an event that we are incorporating into our curriculum with our staff being involved in the production of the event. We do not need permission slips if we are not providing transportation, are neutral about whether people choose to attend, and are not involved in the production of the event. We look to those three scales to figure out whether we have made this event ours; or whether it is someone else's event we are mentioning to our people, who are free to attend or not, as they see fit.
National Catechetical Sunday
National Catechetical Sunday, designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as the third Sunday in September each year, is set aside as an opportunity for all the baptized to rededicate themselves to the mission of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.