the first experience of the Christian community and the primary environment for growth in faith.
It is the “church of the home” (FC, no 11), the family provides a unique locus for catechesis.
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. . .
23% believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead
36% believing that in the Mass, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus
65% obeying the church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage
67% their marriage being approved by the Church
75% obeying the church’s teaching on birth control
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
If change is needed, how do we know we are proposing the right change? . . .
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
Grades 1-8 will meet monthly with added sessions
for Grades 2 and 8</li></li></ul><li>Let’s look at handouts<br />
Proposed timeline <br /><ul><li>Catechists Meeting January 16th
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
Parents Information Meeting Thursday, March 18th