GDC 60: Catechesis and Evangelization

Heading into a new chapter, let’s take stock of where we are in the big picture of the General Directory for Catechesis. Part One of the GDC covers numbered sections 34-91. In its first chapter (34-59) we looked at “Revelation and its transmission through evangelization.” Starting today with chapter II (60-76) we will examine the topic of “Catechesis in the process of evangelization.”

The Scriptures that lead off this chapter are illustrative. First the psalmist reminds us that God has done great things for the believers of history. And more, believers of today should be aware of how God has moved with grace in our own lives. Also the great teacher Apollos is lifted up as an example of effective catechesis. Apollos is well-regarded for his fervor and accuracy:

“Things what we have heard and known, that our (ancestors) have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation, the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has wrought” (Ps 78:3-4).
“He (Apollos) had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and being fervent in spirit he spoke and taught accurately in the things concerning Jesus” (Acts 18:25).

60. In this chapter the relationship of catechesis with the other elements of evangelization, of which it is itself an integral part, is demonstrated. Thus, firstly, the relationship of catechesis with the primary proclamation, which is realized in mission, is described. There follows an examination of the close connection between catechesis and the sacraments of Christian initiation. Then is perceived the fundamental role of catechesis in the ordinary life of the Church and its role as continuing teacher in the faith. Special consideration is given to the relationship between catechesis and the teaching of religion in schools, since both activities are profoundly inter-connected, and, together with education in the Christian home, are basic to the formation of children and young people.

Catechesis with the proclamation of the Gospel, especially in Baptism/Confirmation/Eucharist, also with the parish church, the school, and especially the domestic church. That covers a pretty wide range of ministry. Is it all strong in your parish?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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