Children’s religious education as Continuum of Faith

In partnership with parents the pastor and catechetical leaders who assist them aids parents and children with suitable catechetical instruction in support of the lifelong journey of faith. The Diocese of Baker aptly names this journey “Continuum of Faith.”

Let tJesus_Childhe children come to me, and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven
. (Mt 19:14)

Religious education and sacramental preparation are integral in their catechetical nature but distinct from each other as activities.

Religious education is an education in the faith which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of life in Christ. This education in the faith begins as a child and necessarily continues for a lifetime through the natural stages of human maturation
(cf. CCC, 5; CT, 18).

Sacramental preparation aims to initiate people into the mystery of Christ and cannot be content with the mere teaching about the sacrament. The goal of sacramental preparation must be to invite and lead Christians into the living works of Christ, the liturgy of the Church.
As the work of Christ, liturgy is also an action of his Church. It makes the Church present and manifests her as the visible sign of the communion in Christ between God and men (CCC, 1071).

The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed;
it is the font from which all her power flows… (CCC, 1074 quoting SC, 10).

In partnership with parents the pastor and catechetical leaders who assist them aids parents and children with suitable catechetical instruction in support of the lifelong journey of faith. The Diocese of Baker aptly names this journey “Continuum of Faith.”

Children’s Religious Education Resources

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