I once had a seeker whose father was a Methodist minister. I’ll call the seeker Tom. Tom was married to a Catholic, and he came to Mass with her every Sunday of their 15-year marriage. They were raising three beautiful daughters, and Tom had been to parent preparation sessions for infant baptism and first Communion–three times each. Tom was an avid reader of Scripture, and he knew quite a bit of the Bible by heart.
That same year, our parish had another seeker, who I will call Josie. Josie had led a hard life. She was sober when she came to us, but she had formerly abused both drugs and alcohol. She seemed depressed and unhappy when I met her. I asked her what her faith life was like, and she told me she thought Jesus was “a nice man,” but she didn’t really know much about him.
I’m sure you have had similar experiences, and a lot in between. The challenge for RCIA teams is always to discern the level of catechesis seekers require. If we do something at the basic level Josie needs, Tom will be bored. And if we give Tom the formation he needs, Josie will be lost.
The General Directory for Catechesis identifies three levels of catechesis, and every RCIA team member needs to know the difference, and what the formation process is for each level.
The General Directory for Catechesis identifies three levels of catechesis, and every RCIA team member needs to know the difference, and what the formation process is for each level. That’s what we are going to talk about in this webinar.
Specifically, we will explore:
- Why is discerning levels of catechesis important?
- What do we mean by levels of catechesis?
- How do we catechize at different levels of catechesis?
- What are the consequences of paying attention to the different levels of catechesis?
This webinar originally aired on August 12, 2015. The full video/audio recording includes a downloadable handout and recommended resources.
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