When Will My Work as a Catechist Bear Fruit?

The following letter regarding religious education recently came to the Patheos inbox: Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to “get into it.” I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if there is … [Read more...]

Don’t Bury Us Alive!– How the Priest Shortage and Parish Closures Affect Religious Education

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Our small-ish rural parish recently lost its resident priest. We now have a Parish Life Coordinator (PLC) who is a Sister from a nearby convent, and we share a priest with another nearby parish.Many fear that these measures are just the first step in the ultimate closure of our parish. The Archdiocese asked us to combine as many programs as possible with our sister parish, and to look at further means of cutting expenditures. One of the first things our PLC did** was fire our Director of … [Read more...]

A Kind of Catechesis

VIII.I tremble with gratitudefor my children and their childrenwho take pleasure in one another. At our dinners together, the deadenter and pass among usin living love and in memory And so the young are taught.--Wendell Berry    … [Read more...]

Kicking Catechesis Out of the Classroom

Joanne K McPortland has started a conversation on Catechesis. In her post: What's Really Wrong With Catholic Religious Education? Everything. she fleshes out why parents, not children, should be the focus of religious education. "Catechesis follows evangelization," she writes, "and it has just never worked to catechize children and expect them to evangelize their parents." It's a great post, and should be read in entirety. She hits many key points.The Crescat, however, observes that parents … [Read more...]


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