The Parish vision for catechesis believes that faith formation for parishioners of all ages should be guided and directed by the following theological and pastoral principles:
Catechesis Is Christ-centered – The heart of catechesis is Christ. To catechize is to reveal in the person of Jesus Christ the whole of God’s plan fulfilled in Him. Christ is the mediator and fullness of God’s revelation. The object of catechesis is to put people in intimate communion with Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and leads us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and makes us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.
Catechesis Is Evangelizing – Catechesis is understood to be an essential moment in the process of evangelization. The Church exists in order to evangelize; it is Her deepest identity. Evangelizing catechesis aspires to foster a living, explicit and fruitful profession of faith.
Catechesis Is Systematic and Comprehensive – Catechesis must be systematic and comprehensive such that a person receives knowledge of the entire content of the Faith, especially: the Creed, the liturgy and the sacraments, moral formation, prayer, community life and the mission of the Church.
Catechesis Is Modeled on the Catechumenate – Catechesis is more than instruction. It offers a complete initiation into a life of discipleship, which serves as an apprenticeship for the entire Christian life.
Catechesis Interprets and Illuminates Human Experience – Experience is a necessary medium of God’s revelation, and so, the Catechist must assist the faithful in learning to interpret and illuminate their experience with the data of faith.
Catechesis Inculturates the Gospel Message – It is necessary to inculturate catechesis in such a fashion that the Gospel message retains its power and efficacy and resonates with the people to whom it is addressed.
Catechesis Is Lifelong – Catechesis of adults is a priority: it is the principal form of catechesis, the organizing principle and axis around which all other catechetical programs revolve.
Catechesis Is the Responsibility of the Entire Parish - The Church is the natural environment for growth in the Faith, i.e. the origin, locus and goal of catechesis, which necessitates that all parishioners have a role to play in the formation of its members. In this sense, the entire parish is responsible for catechesis and acts as the curriculum.
Catechesis Respects Human Dignity – All catechetical efforts must recognize, reveal and respect the inviolable dignity of every human person which is rooted in each person’s creation in God’s image and likeness.
Catechesis Necessitates Ongoing Catechist Formation – The call to ministry of Catechist is a vocation, involving an interior call to serve as mediator, witness, teacher and educator for the mysteries of the Faith. This role demands ongoing formation in doctrine, resources and methods for presenting the Faith.
With God’s blessing and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, staff and Catechists at Queen of the Rosary Parish embrace these principles in such a fashion so as to revitalize catechesis, and in doing so, transform believers into disciples of Jesus Christ.
[Note: Portions of the descriptions above were adapted from the “VISION FOR CATECHESIS IN THE DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD" of the Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Rockford located at: http://www.ceorockford.org/ceo/ReligiousEducationYouthMinistry]