Children Faith Formation - CRECatechesis for children presents His teachings, His ministry, and the major events of His life. Children can begin to appreciate the parables of Jesus and capture glimpses of the Kingdom of God; they can learn more formal prayers; and they can commit brief passages of Sacred Scripture to memory. Catechesis for the Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation and of the Eucharist is ordinarily provided in these early years of schooling.
The most important task of the catechesis of children is to provide, through the witness of adults, an environment in which young people can grow in faith. Several pastoral directives should guide the catechists of children:
Be able to understand children, communicate with them, listen to them with respect, be sensitive to their circumstances, and be aware of their current values.
Recognize that children have a dignity of their own and that they are important not only for what they will do in the future, but for who they are now.
Encourage them to know and respect other cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic groups, and use catechetical materials that are adapted to accommodate cultural, racial, and ethnic pluralism; the concerns of particular groups; and persons with special needs.
Understand that the child's comprehension and other powers develop gradually, and present religious truths in greater depth and propose more mature challenges as the capacity for understanding and growth in faith increases.
Provide experiences in which they can live faith and apply the message of salvation to real-life situations; encourage the use of imagination, as well as intelligence and memory.
Provide experiences that link Liturgy and catechesis and promote appreciation for the community celebration of the Eucharist.
Stimulate not only exterior but interior activity—a prayerful response from the heart.″Foster a sense of community that is an important part of education for social life.
---from the National Directory for Catechesis
At Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Catholic Community, we are committed to establishing a grounded foundation in our children’s Catholic faith. Please check out our CRE page to learn more.