Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. (CCC 5) Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s 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)
Note that Catechism is only one part of a child’s formation. It is assumed that children are being raised to:
- participate in the sacramental life of the Church
- study the Sacred Scriptures
- pray regularly, according to the approved devotions of the Church
- receive a sound Catholic education in all subjects
- practice the virtues and avoid vices in their daily lives
If you have any questions on any of these duties, we would be happy to help you, please contact us.
The Classical Liberal Arts Academy provides parents with a number of excellent courses to assist in this work of catechesis. All courses include printable study materials and scored quizzes/exams.
- Baltimore Catechism I
This course is intended to prepare young children (ages 4-8) for First Communion.
- Baltimore Catechism II
This course is intended to prepare children (ages 4-8) for Confirmation and includes all of the material in Baltimore Catechism I.
- Baltimore Catechism III
This course is intended to guide confirmed Catholics (age 15 and up) through the Catholic faith, and includes all of the material in Baltimore Catechism II.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church I
In this course, students study the first part of the Catechism (Faith), which explains the details of the Apostles’ Creed.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church II
In this course, students study the second part of the Catechism (Sacraments), which explains the details of the Seven Sacraments.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church III
In this course, students study the third part of the Catechism (Morals), which explains the details of the Ten Commandments.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church IV
In this course, students study the fourth part of the Catechism (Prayer), which explains the details of the Lord’s Prayer.
- It is recommended that all CLAA students study the Baltimore Catechism if one of the programs above is to be chosen.
- Young students who are able to read, type and work independently should begin with Baltimore Catechism II. The first level course is for younger children dependent on the help of parents to manage their daily lessons. Assessments in level I are intended for parents to take on behalf of their children.
- The Modern Catechism courses are intended for high school students whom we assume have already studied the Baltimore Catechism.
If you have any questions about the CLAA’s Catechism courses, please contact us.