This chapter of the Administrative Handbook provides vision, direction, and resources to help implement catechesis on the local level in a variety of settings and situations. Through a range of programs the one message of Jesus is proclaimed to all. It is written within the context of the teachings of the Church as reflected in sacred Scripture, other official Church documents, in particular those published or adopted by the Holy See, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the archdiocese.
The Church's mission is that of evangelization
through which the gift of faith given by God is nurtured and developed.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in all its locations, continues Jesus'
mission and ministry by proclaiming the message of Jesus, creating
community, worshipping as the people of God, and serving all of God's
people. All members of the Church, from the youngest to the
oldest, are on a faith journey. The Church supports this journey through
evangelization, religious instruction and catechetical ministry.
the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of
Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father…who suffered and died
for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).To
catechize is "to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God's
eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to understand
the meaning of Christ's actions and words and of the signs worked by
him" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).Catechesis aims at putting
"people…in communion…with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love
of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy
Trinity" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).