"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ" (General Directory for Catechesis, 80). The Church must provide people with experiences of the sacred and
help them to identify the sacred in their own lives. Catechesis is
accomplished by varied, interconnected tasks that are inspired by Jesus'
example in forming his disciples.The six tasks of catechesis (National Directory for Catechesis, 20) are to:
Promote knowledge of the faith
Promote knowledge of the meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments
Promote moral formation in Jesus Christ
Teach the Christian how to pray with Christ
Prepare the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the church
Promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society
tasks are imparted through individual relationships, the community of
faith, the liturgy, instruction, experiential learning, ritual, prayer,
and outreach to the global community. "Continuing education in the faith
is a question which concerns the whole community; catechesis, therefore
is an educational activity which arises from the particular
responsibilities of every member of the community, in a rich context of
relationships" (General Directory for Catechesis, 220).
can replace the experience of faith taught and practiced in the
household. Parents/guardians are catechists precisely because they are
parents/guardians. Therefore the faith development of the entire
household is central to catechesis.