Nourishing Our Children With The True Faith
by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
©Catholic Online 2004
Any Catholic would conclude that one of the most vital endeavors in each parish is that of religious education. There's no argument: teaching the fullness of the Catholic Faith--whether to adults or children--is absolutely critical. If religious education suffers in a parish, the entire parish community will be adversely affected.
Now that Catholic schools and parish religious education programs are gearing up once again, one can't help but to reflect on Jesus' mandate: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nation" (Saint Matthew 28:19). Our Blessed Lord urged His friends to teach as He had done. Passing along our Catholic Faith is an important consideration in the mind of Jesus and--by extension--in the mind of the Church.
It is paramount that solidly Catholic materials are used in transmitting the Holy Gospel to peoples off all ages. Orthodox catechetical materials do wonders for those who use them; vague and heretical texts, videotapes and audiotapes do incalculable harm to students and teachers alike. The former materials accurately convey the Faith left to us by Christ; the latter misrepresent and distort the gems of truth which are Jesus' "last will and testament."
An example of a fine work is Outlines of the Catholic Faith, published by the Leaflet Missal Company (976 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104; 800-328-9582; www.leafletmissal.org). The revised edition, available in bulk quantities at special rates, offers a summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church--the normative compendium of the Church's teaching. Only 88 pages, Outlines is very readable and is accessible to those of various ages and backgrounds.
How may this book be used in Catholic religious education?
First, students themselves, especially those at the high school age and above, will benefit from reading this book, if not in their religious education classes then surely as "outside reading."
Second, teachers of any level can check their material by studying Outlines, making certain that what they teach is informed by the mysteries of the Faith enunciated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Third, parents will find this text valuable as a kind of supplement to the materials used by their children in their religious education classes. Moms and Dads will find that by adjusting the materials presented in Outlines to the level of their children, they can refer to various aspects of Church doctrine as a means of "shoring up" their children's understanding of the Catholic Faith.
Our Holy Father, in his Prologue to the Catechism, hails this long-anticipated work as "a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine and particularly for preparing local catechisms." Students, teachers and parents will discover that Outlines of the Catholic Faith is a helpful addition to religious education materials and goes a long way to ensuring that the pearls of wisdom contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be ever more appreciated by a larger audience intent on knowing, loving and serving the Lord Jesus Christ, Crucified and Risen.
Mary, Teacher in the Holy Spirit, pray for us!
http://www.catholic.org , VA
Monsignor Charles M. Mangan - Official, 390 66616-1125
Catholicism; Religious Education
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- 'Living Lent': Friday of the First Week of Lent - Day 10
- 10 emotional prayers for healing and hope in a world of tragedy
- Lenten fish recipes: Economical and delicious!
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 24th, 2018 HD Video
- The Tragic Reason Mass Shootings Happen, and it's NOT the guns HD Video
- St. Margaret of Cortona: Saint of the Day for Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Daily Readings for Thursday, February 22, 2018
- Spiritual Warfare and the Help of Angels HD
- St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, February 23rd, 2018 HD
- AmericaĂ˘Â€Â™s pastor, Billy Graham passes away, age 99 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education