Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children (CCC 2223)
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. (CCC 2226)
Parents have a right and duty to be intimately involved in preparing their children for the sacraments. Catechesis aims to help parents grow in understanding and appreciation of the sacraments and participate readily in catechizing their children. (NCD 122)
Sufficient support to enable parents to fulfill this privilege and obligation should be provided by the parish in the form of parent education, encouragement of active involvement in their child’s catechesis and participation in the planning, preparation, and celebration of liturgies.
It is desirable and advisable to place a child within an age peer group within a parish program while providing additional and simultaneous specific sacramental catechesis. This specific preparation can be in the form of special classes provided in the parish setting or by instructing and enabling parents to prepare their children at home in cooperation with parish directives. For either approach, it is most important to provide individual faith support for every child, preferably from within the immediate family.
CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
NCD refers to the National Catechetical Director
Faith and Life Series
Grades 1 through 8
Faith and Life Parish Lesson Plans
"You need to know what you believe. You need to know your faith with that same precision with which an IT specialist knows the inner workings of a computer. You need to understand it like a good musician knows the piece he is playing. Yes, you need to be more deeply rooted in the faith than the generation of your parents so that you can engage the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and determination. You need God's help if your faith is not going to dry up like a dewdrop in the sun, if you want to resist the blandishments of consumerism, if your love is not to drown in pornography, if you are not going to betray the weak and leave the vulnerable helpless." ~ Pope Benedict XVI to Young People
What is the YOUCAT?
The name YOUCAT... is an abbreviation of YOUTH and CATECHISM.
First of all, YOUCAT is a real catechism, which means a reliable book for teaching faith. It has thus been approved by the Austrian bishop's conference and examined by the Congregation of Faith in Rome.
The word Youth only refers to the book's young language and modern design. It is not a simplified version of religion. That means that it is equally great for Adults to read.
But YOUCAT also stands for YOU and CATECHISM, which means: make the whole religious wealth, which has been growing for 2000 years since Jesus appeared on earth, to your own thing. Once you have the YOUCAT in your system, you are a real professional in faith. You will be able to explain, for example, why there is only one God and not many in the Christian belief. And you will have a great basis to be able to give others the gift of faith too. ~ From the YOUCAT website
"So I invite you: Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire.... It places before you the Gospel message as the 'pearl of great value' (Mt 13:46) for which you must give everything. So I beg you: Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance." ~ Pope Benedict XVI to Young People in his Introduction to the YouCat
What is the Didache Series?
Written in the first century, the Didache is the first know Christian catechesis and the earliest know Christian writing outside of Scripture. The name of the work, Didache, is appropriate for such a catechesis because it comes from the Greek word for "teaching" and indicates that this writing contains the teaching of the Apostles and, as such, it is the teaching of the Church.
Today, the most comprehensive catechesis is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Didache Series presents the life and doctrine of the Catholic Church in the context of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of Vatican II as witnessed by the pontificates of Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The series also draws from Sacred Scripture, the lives of the Saints, and the Doctors and Fathers of the Church.
The Didache Series has been published since 2003 at the invitation of the late Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who requested a series of "texts that would set out clearly and adequately the teaching of the Catholic Church." Each textbook of the Didache Series has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the USCCB. ~ From the Midwest Theological Forum website