Adult and Children: Sundays, 9 to 9:45 a.m.
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Adult and Children’s Catechism Classes
October 6, 2019 through June 7, 2020
9 a.m. in the Café before 10 a.m. Eucharist
What is catechesis? Catechesis simply means to teach by word of mouth. In its principle parts it literally means to echo forth or resound down. Christian catechesis, then, is an echo of the Word of God spoken through a teacher, the catechist, that resounds into the minds and hearts of those who hear it, the catechumen. This echo is a passing or handing on of the faith and teachings of the Church to adults and children alike. Formal catechesis developed in the first few centuries of the Church, and over time the content of this teaching came to include four pillars or four movements of a great symphony: what the Church believes (the Apostle’s Creed), what she celebrates (the Sacraments), what she prays (the Lord’s Prayer), and what she lives (the Commandments and fruits of the Spirit). Catechesis is not information but formation into a way of life, the life of Christ and his Body, the Church.
Why catechesis? The ultimate purpose of catechesis is communion with the triune God. Practically and more specifically, the purpose is to pass on the Christian faith from one person and one generation to the next, just as Jesus did with the apostles and the apostles with those after them and someone, whether priest, teacher, parent, or friend, did with you. This is what the word “tradition” means: to hand on the faith. The Church, regardless of denomination, has struggled to do this in our post-Christian age. The numbers are staggering of those who grew up in the faith but have now left. We are daily immersed in a secular culture and story, a world where God is either privatized or anesthetized. The goal of catechesis is to immerse us – adults and children – into an alternative story and culture, the kingdom of God, and form us into an alternative way of being, the life and love of the triune God. No one baptizes himself, likewise no one catechizes himself. We all receive the faith with its teachings as gift from those who have gone before us. The purpose of catechesis is to create missionary disciples, who receive the gift of the Gospel from spiritual fathers and mothers and pass it on to others.
Who should come? Catechesis is for everyone, adults and children. It is designed for seekers, especially those seeking baptism or confirmation, as an introduction to the teaching and practices of the Church. It is designed for those already baptized and confirmed, as a school of formation into the theological, sacramental, spiritual, and moral life of the Church. It is designed for the whole family, especially children through stories and images taken from Sacred Scripture which introduce them to the narratives and symbols that shape Christian life and worship. Finally, it is designed for missionary disciples who desire to share the faith with others.
When is it? Sundays @ 9:00am. October 6 – June 7 (Trinity Sunday). Children’s catechesis occurs simultaneously: Little Lambs (toddler to 3), Godly Play (3-6).
Where is it? The Café 6500 Woodland Ave. KCMO 64131