Plus half the time the parents were not even taking the kid to Mass. Unbelievable.
All you really need are the the Catechism and the Companion (but it helps to have a Bible around, too). But there are LOTS of good books out there. The CCC is a masterpiece of clear writing--even kids should be able to grasp a lot of it. Ignore the "Catechism of the United States" (or whatever they call the piece of pablum put out by the US council of Catholic Bishops).
"Plus half the time the parents were not even taking the kid to Mass. Unbelievable."
Well, the problem is probably because those PARENTS had lousy "Religious Ed" classes, too. The breakdown in Catechesis in the Church is appalling. And the same "education majors" mentality that has destroyed public education is the cause.
We have the same problem about the kids not attending Mass and though we encourage it...a lot...it doesn’t always happen and it isn’t the fault of the kids.
I just think it is still important for them to be taught because there will come a day when they will need it teaching.
As for the material, our DRE lets us choose our own if we want. Even those who use the fluff books use additional matierials and their own knowledge.
I know that the Word of God will have an effect, I also know that I may never see it, I have to be content and know that God is in control. That one day some of these children are going to embrace their relationship with God and that God used me, not for me to get satisfaction but that I did what sometimes seemed like trying to sow seed directly onto the hard rock.
See my post #61!!
It is no different for me. Parents have honestly said that the reason they enroll their children in religious education is because religion is not discussed in the home. Our program runs only 15 hours throughout the entire year! What can one accomplish in such a short amount of time?! With faith and prayer, God accomplishes much through us. This year, two of our new students - sisters aged 9 and 12 - with NO previous religious education, decided they wanted to be batpized into the Catholic Church. That's right - the parents had never had them baptized. Given their ages, following Baptism in January, they made the Sacrament of Penance in March and First Communion in May. You can make the difference! Our Lord said to "suffer the little children and refuse them not for of such is the Kingdom of God". These innocent hearts crave to learn more about God.
As for the parents, remember this. The children bring the parents. Each Saturday before religious education, I personally call each of the families to remind them. There is no excuse for abandoning God on Sunday - none! Trust me, and you know this only too well, if kids have a football practice or tennis meet on Sunday, that becomes the excuse for why the "children" can't be at church. Not with me! When they pull that one, I ask for the name of the coach and assure them that I will personally call to explain the child's previous commitment to religious education. These are nothing more than excuses from the parents. God comes first!
See my post #61.