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  • Called to Be Heroic: Youth engaging with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
    Source: CATECHIST Magazine - on July 10, 2020

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps youth find hearts for service Connie Clark Gayle Westfahl wasn’t getting the response she’d envisioned when she invited Catholic teens to participate in service projects for the local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. So her leadership team took a different approach and created an Read Called to Be Heroic: Youth engaging with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on CATECHIST Magazine.

  • Integrating Faith and Media Literacy
    Source: CATECHIST Magazine - on July 8, 2020

    A digital strategy for becoming media mindful SR. NANCY USSELMANN, FSP Faced with a secularist culture and declining church attendance, the task of faith formation is critical and immense. Not only do faith formation leaders need to be on top of current educational practices, psychological developments, and multiple intelligences studies in their handing on of Read Integrating Faith and Media Literacy on CATECHIST Magazine.

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“Children’s Liturgy is about breaking open the Word of God for young people. The Liturgy of the Word for Children is not ‘Sunday school‘ or a catechetics class; it is not primarily a moment for catechesis. Rather, the Liturgy of the Word for Children is a component of the ritual prayer of Mass just as it is for adults.” – Diocese of Saskatoon

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Catechetical Directories

General Directory for Catechesis, Congregation for the Clergy, 1997.

National Directory for Catechesis, United States Conf. of Catholic Bishops, 2005.


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1997.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2005.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, USCCB, 2006.

Pastoral Statements of the US Bishops

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization, USCCB, 2012.

​In Support of Catechetical Ministry, USCCB, 2000.

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, USCCB, 1999.

Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, USCCB, 1997.

Sons and Daughters of Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults, USCCB, 1997.

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the US, 1992, 2002.

Sharing the Light of Faith: National Catechetical Directory, 1979.

To Teach as Jesus Did: A Pastoral Message on Catholic Education, 1972.

Resources of USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

Preaching and Teaching About the Sacraments, USCCB, 2015

Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and Eparchies, USCCB, 2012

Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, USCCB, 2008

High School Curriculum Framework, USCCB, 2008

High School Curriculum Framework – Adaptation for Use in Parish and Youth Ministry Programs, USCCB, 2010

Papal and Curial Documents

Christ Is Alive: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Young People / Christus Vivit, Francis, 2019

Joy of the Gospel / Evangelii Gaudium, Francis, 2013

The Light of Faith / Lumen Fidei, Francis, 2013

Guide for Catechists, Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, 1993.

Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community, International Council for Catechesis, 1990.

On Catechesis in Our Time / Catechesi Tradendae, John Paul II, 1979.

On Evangelization in the Modern World / Evangelii Nuntiandi, Paul VI, 1975

General Catechetical Directory, 1971.

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