Our parish uses Faith First and our staff has written the lesson plans
for the catechists for the last five years.
Our first formation (in-service) at the beginning of the year, we meet
by grade level. We walk through the first half of the year's lessons so
that the catechists feel comfortable in their role and what they will
be presenting the children.
Another idea: does your diocese have religion standards and benchmarks?
As you plan/design your lessons for the children, it is a good idea to
have those standards in mind.
We also offer an alternative to the traditional Wednesday night program.
Our parish offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 1st through
4th grade. It is a hands-on method of religious education. The
catechists who are involved have fallen in love with it and would teach
no other way. The children who are involved love coming - their parents
say no more complaining about Wednesday nights.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on liturgy and scripture.
It also meets our diocesan standards and benchmarks. I have been a DRE
for 23 years. I am a trained catechists for CGS. I think it is the
best thing I have ever seen. If you want to know more about it, please
email me or go to the national website at cgsusa.org.
Peace and blessings,
Director of Faith Formation
Saint Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
>>> Leonard Campbell <soup@...> 01/01/09 3:08 AM >>>
I'm always mindful, when this topic comes up, that the responsibility
for community catechesis lies with the Parish. The Parish is the
curriculum and we are ministers of the Church, so any consideration
for a text should come from the Parish and not any particular ideology
or individual bent.
Happy New Year!
Center Harbor, NH
We are creation's
property, its particles, its clay
as we fall into this life,
agree or disagree.
"Winter Lambs" by Jane Kenyon, from Otherwise. © Graywolf Press, 1997.
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