National Directory for Catechesis
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Faith is nurtured and practiced at the heart of the human and Catholic families. Catechesis for life in Christ is led by many different people, requiring a multiplicity of materials. The new National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) is the resource that provides the inspiration for all catechesis in the United States and the reference point for formation of catechists and preparation of catechetical materials. A companion to the General Directory for Catechesis, the NDC builds on its themes and contextualizes catechesis within the life of the Church in the United States, paying close attention to ongoing social and cultural challenges. At its core is a desire to renew catechesis in dioceses, parishes, and schools, to fire a new energy and commitment to proclaim the Gospel. Comprehensive in scope, the NDC provides the fundamental theological and pastoral principles and offers guidelines for applying those principles within the catechetical mission of the Church in the United States. The NDC is divided into ten chapters that delve into the catechesis and diversity, evangelization, the faith of the Church, methodology, worship and sacraments, moral formation, the settings for catechesis, those who catechize, catechetical ministry, and resources. Throughout the NDC, it is reinforced that Jesus is the heart of catechesis regardless of where catechesis takes place. The NDC is a “must-have” for anyone in catechesis or Catholic education—teachers, principals, directors and coordinators of religious education and youth ministry, catechists, and students in the field.
English: No. 5-443, $19.95
Spanish: No. 5-862, $19.95
Resource Member Price $11.97
Chapter 1. Proclaiming the Gospel in the United States
Chapter 2. Catechesis Within the Church’s Mission of Evangelization
Chapter 3. This Is Our Faith; This Is the Faith of the Church
Chapter 4. Divine and Human Methodology
Chapter 5. Catechesis in a Worshipping Community
Chapter 6. Catechesis for Life in Christ
Chapter 7. Catechizing the People of God in Diverse Settings
Chapter 8. Those Who Catechize
Chapter 9. Organizing Catechetical Ministry
Chapter 10. Resources for Catechesis
Leader’s Guide to the National Directory for Catechesis
Because more people are assuming responsibility as professional and volunteer catechetical leaders, dioceses and parishes need tools to educate, train, and form them in the vision of the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC). The Leader’s Guide to the National Directory for Catechesis provides diocesan and parish leaders with workshop materials to present the NDC to others. The leader's guide consists of a book and a CD with PowerPoint presentations plus detailed text to support the slides. The printed guide includes (1) easy-to-follow instructions on giving a workshop on the NDC, (2) an outline of the purpose, audience, timeframe, and outcomes for each of the eight workshops and two presentations, and (3) the detailed text version of one of the two presentations, the synopsis of the NDC. As the Church continues to renew her catechetical life and ministry, the resources in the Leader’s Guide to the National Directory for Catechesis will inspire professionals and volunteers, lay and clergy, parents and children to respond to their call to proclaim the Gospel.
Paperback and CD:
English: No. 5-695, $15.95
Spanish: No. 5-912, $TBD
Summary of the National Directory for Catechesis
Written for the many people who contribute to the catechetical life of a diocese or parish, the Summary of the National Directory for Catechesis provides inspiration and information to help parents, teachers, catechists, pastors, religious, committees, principals, and directors or coordinators of various pastoral ministries put their feet on solid, catechetical ground. This focused summary highlights the concepts and directives of each of the ten chapters of the National Directory for Catechesis in clear, concise language. Especially written for volunteers, including parents, young adults, and teens, the Summary of the National Directory for Catechesis is an excellent tool to guide and support Catholics in their ongoing journey of faith formation.
English: No. 5-696, 48 pp., $3.95
Spanish: No. 5-913, 40 pp. (est.), $3.95
Resource Member Price $2.37
National Directory for Catechesis Bulletin Insert
English: No. 5-697, 100/$10.00
Spanish: No. 5-914, 100/$10.00
Resource Member Price 100/$6.00
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