Religious Education - Changes


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The changes in St. Cecilia's Religious Education as presented during the catechists meeting on 01-16-2010.

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Religious Education - Changes

  1. 1. Change – <br />What are we changing?<br />The proposal is that we are going from <br />classroom type –model to a<br /><ul><li>Family based
  2. 2. Intergenerational
  3. 3. Whole community based catechesis
  4. 4. Lifelong faith formation</li></ul>(by steps)<br />
  5. 5. Why the change?<br />What does this mean for us as Catholic Christians? <br /><ul><li>We live in a time of rapid social and cultural transformation, nationally and globally.
  6. 6. We are a society of increasing secularization with a pluralism of value systems.
  7. 7. We live in an experienced-based, participative, interactive, image-driven and connected culture.
  8. 8. We live in a de-traditionalized society where received traditions no longer provide meaning and authority in everyday life.</li></li></ul><li>Indications of Change<br /><ul><li>Family
  9. 9. Diminishing involvement of families and the younger generations with the Catholic</li></ul> community and the Catholic way of life<br /><ul><li>Decline in religious traditions and practices at home
  10. 10. Inability to keep people engaged in church life and catechesis after the celebration of a sacrament</li></ul>These are only some of the indicators of change<br />
  11. 11. What are we talking about?<br />What we have is not bad. But is it working?<br />We have all experienced the fact that some of the children do not attend Mass.<br /><ul><li>Urgency
  12. 12. Why is lifelong faith formation important today? . . .
  13. 13. Because the child-centered, classroom driven model:
  14. 14. is not effective all by itself.
  15. 15. was never intended to bear the whole</li></ul> burden of faith formation—<br /><ul><li>based on assumptions of Catholic culture that are no longer prevalent.
  16. 16. is not fully aligned with Church vision.</li></li></ul><li>Family/Home<br />What is our experience<br />today?<br /><ul><li>Why is the family setting important?
  17. 17. “The Christian family is ordinarily :
  18. 18. the first experience of the Christian community and the primary environment for growth in faith.
  19. 19. It is the “church of the home” (FC, no 11), the family provides a unique locus for catechesis.
  20. 20. It is a place in which the word of God is received and from which it is extended.” “ (NDC 100-101)</li></li></ul><li>Recent studies show that:<br />Catholics believe that<br /><ul><li>Can Be a Good Catholic Without. . .
  21. 21. 23% believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead
  22. 22. 36% believing that in the Mass, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus
  23. 23. 44% donating time or money to help the poor
  24. 24. 58% obeying the church’s teaching on abortion
  25. 25. 58% donating time or money to help the parish
  26. 26. 65% obeying the church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage
  27. 27. 67% their marriage being approved by the Church
  28. 28. 75% obeying the church’s teaching on birth control
  29. 29. 76% going to church every Sunday</li></li></ul><li>“Becoming Disciples”<br />As baptized Christian s, we <br />Are meant to be followers of Jesus Christ – we are meant to be disciples.<br />A disciple is a follower and student of a mentor, teacher, or other wise figure.<br />Since we are “already and not yet” perfect followers of Christ we are “becoming.”<br />Becoming – on-going!<br /><ul><li>Urgency
  30. 30. If change is needed, how do we know we are proposing the right change? . . .
  31. 31. Because the lifelong, event-centered,
  32. 32. intergenerational model works. Based on our own experience and</li></ul> research, we see results.<br />reflects the Church’s vision of catechesis:<br /><ul><li>Priority to adults
  33. 33. Importance of community over individual
  34. 34. Knowing & experiencing God</li></li></ul><li>Going forward …<br />2009-2010<br />We are in the process of<br />phasing Gr. 2 into a<br />Family based Catechesis.<br />2010-2011<br />Grades 1-4 meet monthly<br />Grades 5-8 meet twice a month<br />Added sessions for Grades2 and 8<br /><ul><li>2011-2012
  35. 35. Grades 1-8 will meet monthly with added sessions
  36. 36. for Grades 2 and 8</li></li></ul><li>Let’s look at handouts<br />
  37. 37. Proposed timeline <br /><ul><li>Catechists Meeting January 16th
  38. 38. Information regarding “Becoming Disciples” will be given at all the Masses on the weekend of March 13 – 14 with an invitation to attend a Parish meeting on Thursday evening, March 25th
  39. 39. Parents Information Meeting Thursday, March 18th
  40. 40. Parish wide Meeting March 25th
  41. 41. Registration for the 2010-2011 year Monday & Wednesday April 12th, 14th; 19th and 21st .</li></li></ul><li>Lesson Plans For Parents<br />Grades 1-4 <br /><ul><li>Summary/Background
  42. 42. Aims/Focus
  43. 43. Develop
  44. 44. Prayers
  45. 45. Activities
  46. 46. Hand outs
  47. 47. Next Meeting (date)
  48. 48. Hand in </li></li></ul><li>Lesson Plans For Catechists!<br />Grades 5, 6, 7<br /><ul><li>Main points
  49. 49. Development
  50. 50. Classroom Activities
  51. 51. Use of Scripture
  52. 52. Home work </li>