Catholics who are poorly formed in their faith!
When I attended Catholic elementary school, the St. Joseph's Catechism was the method of catechesis. It is all based on questions and answers.
Q: Why did God make us?
A: He made us to know, love and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever, in the next.
Many of the dioceses now resort to cutsy, new age teaching methods that simply don't work. It's time the Church restored the Catechism as the preferred method of catechesis.
“Q: Why did God make us?
A: He made us to know, love and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever, in the next.”
I remember that! I also remember being disappointed because the little materialist in my little self couldn’t understand it.
It’s only at this late age that I understand.
I have to check and see what they are teaching the young’uns at our parish. Maybe that is what we all must do. Ask questions. I never thought of finding out what they are teaching the little ones. I do know that they are called out of the Liturgy of the Word to have their own lesson on the Gospel and readings for the day.
But as far as the children preparing for FHC, I don’t know what their instruction is. Maybe the oldsters should ask more questions.
Plus half the time the parents were not even taking the kid to Mass. Unbelievable.
“Many of the dioceses now resort to cutsy, new age teaching methods” and I might add, devoid of meaningful content; I looked in on that at our church about 15 years ago and was appalled. I’m still at the church, but I’ve not looked in again on the education dept. (Sigh)
I teach RCIC and we use the St. Joseph’s and Baltimore Catechism.
Just yesterday my 14 yr old granddaughter returned from a visit with friends and whatever church they went to told her that she should pray for God’s well-being.
We had a good 15 minute Catechism lesson and “To know and love God” was first and foremost. And then a little lesson on prayer. ACTS: Atonement, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I don’t think God needs us to pray for Him but pray to Him and live for Him.