Cultivating the Domestic Church: Experimenting in Family Catechetical Education Open Access

Butler, Anthony (Spring 2020)

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Catechetical education—alternately referred to as religious education or catechesis—has long mirrored traditional classrooms separated by age and grade. Furthermore, religious education has failed to engage parents in the process, and therefore little reinforcement occurs outside the classroom setting. Parents must also be equipped to share faith with their children. Therefore, I propose that a model of family catechesis is necessary to help families grow together in faith. The program I designed incorporates the Gospel lesson from Sundays using a multi-modal approach including pictures, art, stories, active movement, and reflection and prayer. Through this process families are empowered to take greater responsibility for their children’s education and faith formation, which is strongly supported by the Church. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that faith is transferred with authenticity wherein disciples are formed who take the mission of the Church to heart and apply it to their lives. I propose this is best done within, and not separated from, the family.

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