ECat 1.1- Session 2

ECat 1.1- Session 2


welcome to our second PowerPoint for
e-cat 1.1 session 2 – our focus is on the six tasks of catechesis
these tasks as mentioned in our previous PowerPoint offer catechists direction
for understanding our catechetical role and are essential for lesson planning
during the year the six tasks are documented in the national directory for
catechesis 2005 these six tasks of catechesis constitute a unified whole by
which catechesis seeks to achieve its objective the formation of disciples of
Jesus Christ .the National directory for catechesis states that catechesis aims
to bring about in the believer and ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ a
deeper knowledge and love of his person and message and a firm commitment to
follow him how do I understand the meaning of mature faith how may I
recognize it in those I catechized in order to create a culture of encounter
the catechetical learning environment is essential during our e-catechist
seminars you will be introduced to various methodologies and techniques in
this regard learning environments are extremely important for students and for
teachers everything from the color of the walls to the arrangement of the
desks sends impressions to students and can affect the way a student learns the
learning environment includes the location,classroom setup, lighting,
furniture ,use of diverse media and interactive engagement, peacefulness,
prayerfulness and a welcoming space for engaging in faith formation is key how
is your catechetical learning environment in welcoming space how is it
conducive for effective catechesis articles 84 to 87 in the general
directory for catechesis and article 20 in the national directory for catechesis
offers guidelines for implementing the six tasks
of catechesis we encourage catechist to copy or print these tasks out and always
keep them before you as you are planning your weekly lesson plans our mission as
catechist is to mentor individuals in their faith in order to nurture a mature
living explicit and fruitful confession of faith. faith is an encounter faith is
an ongoing process our faith deepens as we age and open ourselves to daily new
encounters with Jesus Christ with and through this encounter we discover a
deepening of our understanding of the faith and willingness to witness to
others catechist strive to identify creative approaches to awaken such a
discovery within our students what approaches might you consider for
stirring such an awakening the Second Vatican Council expresses the duties of
catechesis as ensuring quality catechetical instruction which illumines and strengthens the faith develops a life in harmony with the spirit of christ
stimulates a new conscience fervent participation in the liturgical
mystery and encourages women and men to take an active part in the apostolate
hopefully you are able to see a direct link to the six tasks of catechesis
articulated in the general and national directories for catechesis there is an
easy way to remember the six tasks of catechesis the left-hand column are key
words associated with each task the right-hand column refocuses the task
with a simple directive for example knowledge of the faith is related to
what we believe knowledge of liturgy and sacraments relates to what and how we
celebrate etc . another way to recall the six tasks is to think about them as a
four plus two equals six the first four tasks point to the
content and spiritual practice of our faith beliefs liturgy and prayer and the
last two tasks reference living out or witnessing to our faith in community it
is important to note that there is a direct relationship between the six
tasks of catechesis in the catechetical directories and what the
Catechism of the Catholic Church identifies as the four pillars of the
church each pillar is a section within the Catholic catechism as you organize
your lesson plans both the directory and the Catechism are important guides to
ensure authentic Catholic teaching we discovered that having catechists create
a weaving of the six tasks of catechesis and the four pillars of the church as a
practical tool to remember their relationship and importance thoughtful
lesson planning is essential for success within the catechol experience it is
imperative for catechists to take quality time to prepare well for each
catechetical experience by taking time to read and advance the objectives of the
lesson we discover the direction for the lesson plan including which tasks of
catechesis and pillar of the church is to be emphasized our students then are
able to grasp the message we are communicating and accept the invitation
to mature in their faith fortunately most parish catechetical programs use a
particular catechetical textbook series to aid the catechist with lesson planning
these are designed by outstanding catechists who are familiar with the
six tasks of catechesis and the pillars of the church these lesson plans
offer the catechist and opportunity and a challenge the opportunity is the
lesson plan is planned however the catechist still needs to
carefully study and ensure he or she understands the objectives the focus and
the content of a lesson the challenges that lesson plans are generic and the
catechist often needs to adjust the lesson plan to relate to their
particular parish context where their students
are in relation to their faith particularly challenges of select
students and the multicultural background of students there are a
variety of approaches for thinking about and designing a lesson plan we introduce
a simple overview that catechist have found helpful to ensure that the
objectives of the lesson are introduced and the lesson plan flows a lesson plan
includes first an opening prayer this can be a traditional Catholic prayer a
focus on the particular liturgical time of the year or the practice of Christian
meditation .second, setting the stage is to capture the religious imagination of
the students by introducing the theme the message with an activity or story
focusing in on the lesson third the transition is a question a symbol or a
story that is the bridge from the orientation to the central message of
the lesson for the central message explicitly focuses on the Catholic
doctrine or scripture teaching for the lesson each lesson includes examples or
conversations how the student can both live out the message of the lesson and
apply it to their lives fifth,the session closes with a
simple prayer here is another way how to envision and plan your lesson by
focusing how and where the six tacks of catechesis and the four pillars of the
church in the Catechism link into your lesson plan pause on this slide and
study it for a few moments how may you incorporate this style to your lesson
planning process let us quickly review in order to focus our catechetical
learning environments toward inviting our students to experience a deep
encounter with Jesus Christ and to witness to the encounter our catechesis
includes references to the six tasks of catechesis and the four pillars of the
church the Catechism. This PowerPoint focuses on
becoming familiar with and applying the six tasks of catechesis into our lesson
planning process let’s review them for one last time
think about what we have discussed during the PowerPoint the six tasks are
promotes knowledge of the faith promotes a knowledge of the meaning of the
liturgy and sacraments promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ teaches the
Christian how to pray with Christ prepares the Christian to live in
community and to participate actively in the life of the mission of the church
promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as
Christians in society one of the major challenges we have in catechesis today
is that many of our students and adults have not experienced a profound
encounter with Jesus Christ often we hear people say that their catechetical instruction focused on the book but not on the encounter with the
growing number of people who state they have little faith no faith or are
searching for faith the vocation of the catechist is a beacon of light and faith
within the church as catechist our missionary task calls each of us to
ensure we understand celebrate and live our faith we are to be the fragrance of
Christ and the gaze of Christ into the lives of all children and adults who are
searching today for an encounter with Jesus Christ . What is my significant
learning from this PowerPoint presentation ? How can I apply some of
these ideas into my catechetical ministry

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