"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ" (Catechesi Tradendae, 5). The Church must provide people with experiences of the sacred and
help them to identify the sacred in their own lives. Catechesis is
accomplished in varied, interconnected ways that are inspired by Jesus'
example in forming his disciples, by:
Leading to knowledge of the faith
Initiating into the celebration of the mystery
Forming for life in Christ
Introduction to community life.
These aims are achieved through individual relationships, the community of
faith, the liturgy, education, experiential learning, ritual, prayer, discipleship, and outreach to the global community. “The whole Christian community is responsible for the ministry of catechesis, but each one according to his [or her] particular condition in the Church…The catechist belongs to a Christian community and is an expression of it. [The catechist’s] service is lived within a community that is the main provider of accompaniment in the faith” (Directory for Catechesis, 111).
can replace the experience of faith taught, shared, 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.