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Presentation for the Liturgical Symposium at NotreDame University

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Nd presentation day 2

  1. 1. Evangelizing Catechesis in Sacramental Formation JC Moreno, MA Associate Director, Office of Evangelization And Catechesis, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  2. 2. First Sacraments From Parking-lot Parents to First Preachers of the faith 2
  3. 3. • Meet them were they are • Catechumenal Model • Evangelizing Catechesis • Incarnational Catechesis • Mystagogy 3
  4. 4. 4 CARA-Sacraments Today Feb. 2008
  5. 5. CARA-Sacraments Today Feb. 2008 5
  6. 6. 6 Lumen Fidei 4
  7. 7. Issues What are some of the catechetical problems typically associated with first sacraments preparation? 10 min. discussion 7
  8. 8. Quam Singulari – St. Pius X A shift in practice • The age of discretion set at about 7 • A full and perfect knowledge of Christian doctrine is not required 8
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  10. 10. Sacramental Formation- One Size Fits All? 10
  11. 11. “Average” in the military 11 http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/on-average/ http://jonathanfsullivan.com/2016/09/on-average-catechesis/
  12. 12. Church allows/mandates for adaptations in many instances • RCIA • Age • Disabilities • Culture/language 12
  13. 13. Nobody wants to volunteer! 13
  14. 14. Recruiting Volunteers • Avoid desperation • Discern • Clear Vision • Job description • Effective, continous training 14
  15. 15. What is the purpose of sacramental preparation? • Valid and fruitful celebration • Formation of Adults is primary 15
  16. 16. What would an ideal process of formation look like? • 10 min. discussion 16
  17. 17. Liturgical Catechesis “But in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds should be attuned to their voices, and that they should cooperate with divine grace lest they receive it in vain. Pastors of souls must therefore realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration; it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects.” 17
  18. 18. Liturgy and Catechesis “Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the transformation of human beings.” -CT 23 18
  19. 19. Liturgy Catechizes “Although the sacred liturgy is above all things the worship of the divine Majesty, it likewise contains much instruction for the faithful. For in the liturgy God speaks to His people and Christ is still proclaiming His gospel. And the people reply to God both by song and prayer.” -SC 33 19
  20. 20. Evangelize parents -According to CARA, 28% of Catholic Marriages end in divorce -Only one out of five Catholic parents with children at home go to Mass weekly 20
  21. 21. Evangelize parents (a catechumenate for parents?) 21
  22. 22. What does a sacramental prep process based on the catechumenate look like? 22
  23. 23. Catechumenate Catechetical Instruction Initial call to repentance and conversion to Jesus Christ Calls to constant conversion and repentance Responsibility of the Whole Church Responsibility of the Whole Church Guides the catechumen from the initial stage of evangelization through to the participation of the Paschal Mystery Lead the baptized to a more intense encounter of the Paschal Mystery 23
  24. 24. What does a sacramental prep process based on the catechumenate look like? -Involves whole community 24
  25. 25. What is the role of the Community in Sacramental Formation/Catechesis? The ecclesial community at all levels has a twofold responsibility with regard to catechesis: it has the responsibility of providing for the training of its members, but it also has the responsibility of welcoming them into an environment where they can live as fully as possible what they have learned. -CT 24 25
  26. 26. What does a sacramental prep process based on the catechumenate look like? • Involves whole community • Involves mentor families (sponsors) • Marked by rituals • Mystagological component (see Evangeli Gaudium 166) • Tailored to individual 26
  27. 27. 27 RCIA Sacramental Prep Pre-Catechumenate Parents pray with children, take them to Mass Catechumenate Systematic Catechesis Purification and Elightenment Prayer, adoration, family retreats, Sacrament of Reconciliation Mystagogy Prayer, frequent participation in the Mass
  28. 28. Principles 28

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