About Religious Education
We Believe . . .
Incarnation Church Believes That Catechetical Ministry Is a Share in Jesus' Own Mission of Proclaiming the Reign of God. Catechesis is that activity which enables faith to become living, conscious, and active through the light of instruction - especially by sharing God's Word in Scripture, sharing the tradition of the Catholic Church, participating in the prayer life of the community, and engaging in the service activities of the community. Catechesis is a life-long process for each individual as well as the work of the entire Catholic Christian community.
The Church Teaches That the Primary Responsibility for the Spiritual Growth and Development of the Children Rests First and Foremost with the Parents. Parents may share the responsibility with others, but they do not relinquish it. The Church assists parents in passing on their faith through the ministry of catechesis. Catechists echo the Catholic faith in a way that those being catechized (children, youth, adults) can understand. Catechists must do more than merely teach about their faith. They help children/youth/adults build and strengthen their relationship with Jesus and the Church. Catechists do this by proclaiming the Word, building a sense of community, leading to prayer and worship, and encouraging loving service to others. Catechists also lead others to faith through their example and by living a life consistent with the teachings of the Church.
The Catechetical Process Seeks to Open Children/Youth/Adults to the Discovery of the Goodness and Beauty of God as Reflected in Their World, and help them to experience and respond to this world within the Catholic Christian community. It seeks to help them grow further in their faith, their understanding of our Catholic tradition, our unity in Christ and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The Purpose of Religious Education Is to Facilitate the Ongoing Conversion to Jesus Christ with a Goal of Full Participation in the Life of the Catholic Church.