Total Catechesis provides the senior high-level catechetical components of the Total Faith™ Initiative. Based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Total Catechesis passes on to young people the truths of Catholic faith. Addressing creed, Christian morality, prayer, and liturgy and sacraments, Total Catechesis—along with the student resources—challenges Catholic teens to apply these truths to their daily lives.
Total Catechesis is one of the three components in the Total Faith™ Initiative. To learn more about the complete Total Faith™ Initiative, click here.
Total Catechesis provides the senior high-level catechetical components of the Total Faith™ initiative. Based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Total Catechesis passes on to young people the truths of Catholic faith. Addressing creed, Christian morality, prayer, and liturgy and Sacraments, Total Catechesis—along with the student resources—challenges Catholic teens to apply these truths to their daily lives.
The Total Faith™ Initiative Coordinator's Manual draws on the experience of many parish communities to give leaders what they need to plan and implement dynamic and effective youth ministry, including intentional catechesis.
By teaching young people to pray, you can open for them a way to communicate on a deeply personal level with God, who is the source of all holiness. By inviting them to explore different forms of personal prayer, you will encourage them to expand their image of God and their expectations of prayer. By challenging them to look at communal prayer, you will remind them that their role in building God's Reign and as a part of the Body of Christ is important, unique, and valued. This manual can help you give young people the tools to pray all ways, and always, and enable them to build their relationship with God on a solid foundation.
Catechetical Sessions on Christian Morality is a rich course that gives young people a solid grounding in the foundations of Christian morality, to add to what they have already received in their faith community and in their families. The manual presents young people with the fundamental concerns of the moral life in a Catholic Christian context. Above all, the course is an invitation to young people to build God's Reign by loving themselves and others as God loves them. In other words, it is an invitation to become holy, healthy, and happy. In doing so, they will bring God and the world together!
The focus of Catechetical Session on the Creed is on understanding the treasure, the gifts, and the sacrament that is Church. The young people are supported as they grow in their faith and in their knowledge about the basic truths that Catholics profess. They will be encouraged to make the mission of the Church their own and challenged to set their heart on all that is good, holy, and true about being a young Catholic in the world today.
Catechetical Sessions on Liturgy and the Sacraments begins by familiarizing participants with the nature of liturgy and the liturgical year. An introduction to the properties of signs, symbols, and rituals sets the groundwork for studying individual Sacraments. Four sessions address the Sacraments of initiation, two sessions cover the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, and the final session covers the Sacraments at the service of Communion. The sessions share some of the history of the Sacraments, their meaning, the significance of symbols, and the nature of the rites. The participants are invited to actively study the Sacraments, to make connections between the Sacraments and their own lives, to reflect prayerfully on the meaning of the Sacraments, and to take some Sacrament-related actions.