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The Catechism & the New Evangelization: Lesson Planning with the Catechism, Part 2
The Catechism is an outstanding teaching tool that can provide excellent guidance for our lesson and session planning. In part one, using the topic of heaven as our example, we looked at how the Catechism offers us a Christ-centered framework for our lesson and session planning. We saw that the Catechism helps us to articulate the heart of every topic in a Christocentric way. The Catechism also assists us in securing learning objectives in each of the four parts of the Catechism— the faith professed, celebrated, lived and prayed—by using the cross-references and subject index to identify key content areas. This article describes the next steps in our lesson and session planning: gathering the content we need for teaching to the various learning objectives, structuring this material, and building in key sources for teaching. It will be useful, as before, to have the Catechism open while reading through this article.