In addition to the general sessions participants in the Children’s Catechesis track take the following sessions:

January 13, 2012

Purpose of Catechesis

This talk will:

  1. Define catechesis as intimacy with Christ, per Catechesi Tradendae #5.
  2. Situate catechesis in light of the entire mission of the Church.
  3. Define catechesis, its tasks and its essential characteristics, including its Christocentric nature.

Introduction to Child Development

This talk will:

  1. Highlight the psychological characteristics of the child, looking at the ages of 3-6 year old, 7-9 years old, and 9-12 years old.
  2. Introduce the participant to the learning capacities of the child in those age groups.
  3. Discuss the religious capacity of the child in those age groups.

Handling Crisis Situations

This talk will:

  1. Identify typical crisis situations that arise in parish ministries.
  2. Articulate and demonstrate the necessary pastoral and professional intervention skills.
  3. Highlight referral and mandatory reporting procedures.

An Overview of: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality

This talk will:

  1. Outline the key features of the document published by the Pontifical Council for the Family entitled The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family.
  2. Highlight the role of the parents within the formation of love and sexuality.
  3. Give practical examples for teaching sexuality to children and teens in a parish setting.

Fostering Service, Leadership and Vocations

This talk will:

  1. Address the nature of outreach and service as a response to Christ’s call for communion and solidarity.
  2. Offer resources for mobilizing children and their families for tangible service and leadership.
  3. Discuss strategies for promoting priestly and religious vocations with children.

Year One (2013)

1. Intro to Children’s Catechesis

2. Introducing children and families to Christ

3. Sacramental Preparation with Children

4. Curriculum Planning and Methodology

5. Praying with Children