Articles Under: Catechizing Children

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We recently had our fifth child baptized, and I was remembering our baptism class shortly before our first child was born. It was doctrinally accurate and fully explained the signs and symbols of the Rite of Baptism. I was a young DRE at the time, and it was the same sort of class that I offered as part of my ministry. But if I’m honest, it was woefully inadequate to prepare us to raise our children to know Jesus and his Church. A few years ago, I was listening to a webinar given by Dr. Joseph White on early childhood... Read more
On my fiftieth birthday, I received as a gift a detailed map of the world. The map holds pins of places traveled on behalf of Franciscan University of Steubenville and the names of cohort members in the Master of Catholic Leadership graduate program, of which I am the director. Each name on the map is significant as is the story of how they have come to their leadership role. In March of 2021, I had the privilege of adding my own pin to this map. Along with Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, and Dr. Daniel Kempton, Vice President for Academic Affairs,... Read more
In the 1997 General Directory for Catechesis , “Missionary Initiation” is listed as a sixth and unique task of catechesis. The 2020 Directory for Catechesis folds this task into the fifth task of catechesis, “Introduction to Community Life,” with the logic that an integral part of being formed in Christian community is learning to contribute to the growth of the community through our baptismal vocation as missionary disciples. [1] The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls mission work “a requirement of the Church’s catholicity,” meaning that because the Church is for all humanity, we must be a welcoming people, taking... Read more
In its “practical directions” for reading the Catechism the authors have placed a brief instruction: This catechism is conceived as an organic presentation of the Catholic faith in its entirety. It should be seen therefore as a unified whole. Numerous cross-references in the margin of the text (numbers found at the end of a sentence referring to other paragraphs that deal with the same theme), as well as the analytical index at the end of the volume, allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship with the entirety of the faith. [1] What is the meaning of such... Read more
Because of the pandemic, instead of working directly with children, many parish catechists are helping parents gain confidence in preparing their children for sacraments without traditional classes. I believe this new process can ennoble families to better assume their role in society. “Ennoble,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means to “make noble or elevate.” [1] Kings and queens elevate or “ennoble” a “commoner” to the status of “noble.” One cannot ennoble himself. He receives his nobility either through family inheritance, marriage, or as a gift bestowed by the proper authority. As Catholics, our ennoblement begins at Baptism when we become... Read more
Important Announcement Regarding the Future of Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine Dear Today’s Catholic Teacher Reader, We are proud of the significant contribution Today’s Catholic Teacher has made to Catholic education since its founding 50 years ago, growing to become one of the leading resources for teachers in the United States. We hope that as a magazine exclusively published for Catholic school teachers and administrators, it has contributed to help you succeed in the classroom. Despite the fact that Today’s Catholic Teacher has always been supported by a loyal and engaged readership, it has faced many of the same challenges that... Read more
Ellos no conforman mis “historias de gloria”. Son los niños en los que pienso a las 3:17 A.M. Los rostros de los niños que, según mi mejor entendimiento, no logré alcanzar. En medio de la noche, las cosas que dije e hice – a veces con la mejor de las intenciones y a veces desde un punto de frustración y desesperanza absolutas – vuelven a reproducirse en mi cabeza. ¿Qué fue lo que yo había hecho que parece haber provocado que el niño se cerrara de manera contundente al mensaje de Cristo – mensaje que yo quería urgentemente compartir con... Read more
They are not my “glory stories.” They are the children that I think about at 3:17 a.m. The faces of children that, to the best of my knowledge, I failed to reach. In the middle of the night things I said and did—sometimes with the best of intentions and sometimes from a place of absolute frustration and desperation—replay in my head. What had I done that seemed to completely close a child off to the message of Christ that I desperately wanted to share with them? Hope and the Sacrament of Confession mercifully keeps me from dwelling on these moments... Read more
La familia tiene un lugar privilegiado en la catequesis. El Catecismo declara que “los padres han recibido la responsabilidad y el privilegio de evangelizar a sus hijos”, refiriéndose a ellos como los “primeros heraldos de la fe” (2225). La familia es llamada “iglesia doméstica” – la iglesia del hogar (CEC 2224). Por esta razón, los padres son los primeros y más importantes maestros de la fe para sus hijos. En décadas recientes, sin embargo, ha sido difícil para las parroquias y escuelas católicas cambiarse a prácticas consistentes con esta comprensión. Los padres de familia han llegado a pensar en la... Read more