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Christian Initiation as a Process for Becoming a Christian Faithful

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    The Website of the European Bishops Conference makes available a series of papers presented at the 2006 CCEE meetings on Of Catechesis . Even if the focus is
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 8, 2007
      The Website of the European Bishops' Conference makes available a
      series of papers presented at the 2006 CCEE meetings on "Of
      Catechesis". Even if the focus is on catechesis in a European context,
      there is much in these presentations that applies universally or can
      stimulate reflection in other parts of the world. I list some of these
      presentations below and provide excerpts from each of them to
      highlight their content.

      * Essential Elements in the Process of Christian Initiation by Sr.
      Judit Fogassy

      "Catechesis occurs in stages that deal with initial and
      on-going conversion. Since its aim is to bring one into the fullness
      of relationship with Jesus, - as stated above - it is closely linked
      to the Catechumenate, which is a process of initiation into this life
      with the Lord and His community. This process contains certain
      definitive steps and elements which derive their meaning from the goal
      of initiation."

      * The Practice of Adult Catechumenate in a Cultural and Religious
      Pluralism by Béatrice Blazy

      "The fact of becoming Christians cannot be perceived as
      something external to human beings. The catechumenate is defined as a
      space and time in which the Word of God re-echoes, in which human
      ambition is fulfilled. Actually, no catechumenal process can take
      place without considering the cultural factors which influence each

      * The Experimentation of a Catechumenal Itinerary for
      Children-Youth in the Parish of Mattarello (Trent) by Don Antonio Brugnara

      "This area is increasingly growing in the number of people
      who have weak connections to the church, who often do not attend mass
      or only occasionally receive the Eucharist. Above all, there is a lack
      of consistent Catholic formation within the family milieu, despite a
      widespread demand to receive the sacraments...All of this has shown
      the urgent need to review the Christian Initiation process in the
      parish and has spurred the decision to begin an experiment in the
      catechumenal process for youth..."

      *The Need for Christian Communities in the Process of Christian
      Initiation by Christophe Dufour, Bishop of Limoges

      "The cultural context in which we live nowadays in France –
      and more generally in Europe – prompts us to become aware once again
      of the vital link existing between catechesis and community and of
      some convictions which have strongly being stated in the General
      Directory for Catechesis: «Catechetical pedagogy will be effective to
      the extent that the Christian community becomes a point of concrete
      reference for the faith journey of individuals. This happens if the
      community is proposed as a source, locus and means of catechesis» (GDC

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