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A Catechetical Framework

A Catechetical Framework
Catechetical Modules
(July 2015)
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Opening Prayer
The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35)
Reflecting on Scripture
Facilitator: Jesus himself approached them and
walked with them.
As a child of God
I, too, am on a journey…my own faith journey.
Although at times I may not recognize Christ’s
I pray that I may be open to Christ’s eternal
and walk in His light.
Opening Prayer (Continued)
Facilitator: Jesus went and stayed with them.
In Baptism and Confirmation,
I was sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
May God continue to find a dwelling place in
my heart.
Opening Prayer (Continued)
Facilitator: While Jesus was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and
gave it to them.
Strengthened by the precious Body and Blood
of Christ,
May I be a source of nourishment to those
I serve and love.
Opening Prayer (Continued)
Facilitator: They recounted what happened and how
they recognized him in the breaking of the bread.
As the heart of the Emmaus-walkers burned within
them so long ago,
I, too, experience the source of warmth and the light
when I recognize Christ presence among us.
May my words and actions reflect my fidelity to the
And may I lead others to witness to Jesus. AMEN.
“…Christ’s presence among us…”
Turn & Talk
Essential Question
for this Module…
How will the Catechetical
Framework for Lifelong Faith
Formation (CFLFF) support me as a
catechist in providing lifelong faith
Why was the CFLFF developed?
What is its purpose?
Let’s View the Cardinal’s Video!
His Eminence
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
After viewing, journal….
Why was the CFLFF developed?
What is its purpose?
Turn & Talk: Share your written response.
National Directory for Catechesis (NDC)
“The object of catechesis is
communion with Jesus Christ.
Catechesis leads people to enter the
mystery of Christ, to encounter him,
and to discover themselves and the
meaning of their lives in him.” (p. 55)
Cardinal DiNardo’s Promulgation Letter
(dated August 6, 2013)
“The CFLFF is now the definitive framework by
which catechesis is to be carried out in this
Archdiocese. Beginning no later than January 6,
2014, all catechetical efforts and programming is
to be done with reference to and in support of
the goals outlined in this document. This is true
in all catechetical contexts, be they archdiocesan
programs, Catholic schools, parish formation
programs, early childhood centers, university
campus ministries, catechetical efforts in
detention facilities, or home-based catechetical
Listing Activity
What I know NOW about the
What I learned from my
GROUP about the CFLFF…
C Framework L F F
(Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation)
What do you know NOW
about the CFLFF?
(3-minute Quick List)
Small Group Activity
At your table:
• Select a recorder/ reporter.
• Share & combine your lists.
• Be ready to share your group’s list
with the class.
Groups might consider…
• What is the developmental history of the
• Which Catholic documents were used?
• What catechetical principles are advocated?
• How is the Framework organized?
Comments from Your Group
Debrief/ Checking for Understanding
(Formative Assessment)
Show me your list!!!!
…what you know NOW
about the CFLFF...
…and what you still
need to know to be a
better catechist!
Extending Your Knowledge of the CFLFF
What is the developmental history
of the CFLFF?
What is the HISTORY of the CFLFF?
Began in 2007 (a revision of 1994 guidelines)
Was a joint effort of OEC, OACE & CSO
Received input from across the archdiocese
Initially launched in fall of 2012
Promulgated by Cardinal August 6, 2013
Final document shared with Chancery,
priests, and PCLs in fall of 2013
This Framework is unique; no other U.S. diocese has
a document like this one !!!
Extending Your Knowledge of the CFLFF
Which Catholic documents were used?
National Directory for Catechesis
The Church has articulated six essential
dimensions or tasks of catechesis. They are
1. Promote knowledge of the faith;
2. Promote knowledge of the meaning of
the Liturgy and the sacraments;
3. Promote moral formation in Jesus
National Directory for Catechesis
4. Teach the Christian how to pray with
5. Prepare the Christian to live in
community and participate actively in the
life and mission of the Church;
6. Promote a missionary spirit that
prepares the faithful to be present as a
Christian in society.
Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum
Framework for the Development of
Catechetical Materials for Young
People of High School Age (2008)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
Who is Jesus Christ?
The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery)
Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church
Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with
Jesus Christ
• Life in Jesus Christ
Other Catholic Documents…
Sacred Scripture…
… the heart of catechesis
Catechism of the
Catholic Church
Church Teaching for
Sexuality Education
Extending Your Knowledge of the CFLFF
What guiding catechetical principles
are advocated?
Guiding Principles of Framework
1. Lifelong from birth to adulthood, resulting in
a mature, faith-filled, adult Catholic
2. Organized by six tasks
3. Goal: to form Christian communities of
4. USCCB documents (doctrinal correctness)
5. Integration of human sexuality catechesis
6. Age-appropriate & systematic
Extending Your Knowledge of the CFLFF
How is the Framework organized?
Learning Targets (developmentally-appropriate
concepts to be addressed in lesson plans)
• Clustered by TASK & by AGE of learners
Birth to Age 5 (Early Childhood)
Grades 1-5 (Childhood)
Grades 6-8 (Early Adolescence)
Grades 9-12 (Adolescence)
Adults (Adulthood)
Group Activity:
6 Tasks of Catechesis
Group Activity:
6 Tasks of Catechesis
1. There are five forms of Christian prayer: blessing and
adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving,
2. Christians experience the Real Presence of Christ in
the sacraments.
3. The Ten Commandments help people grow in respect
for self and others.
4. Jesus came to save everyone.
5. Evangelization includes the initial proclamation of
the Gospel and helping Christians grow in
Group Activity:
6 Tasks of Catechesis
6. People come to know Jesus through the Bible.
7. Daily prayer nourishes a relationship with God.
8. Honesty, sharing, and forgiveness are a part of good
9. The pope and bishops serve as teachers to help
Catholics understand right from wrong.
10. Every baptized person shares in the mission of Jesus
to the world.
Framework Schema
Framework Schema (Vocabulary)
Six Tasks of Catechesis
Task #1 - Knowledge of Faith
5 Strands in Task #1
1.1 Jesus Christ
Learning Targets – Grade 5 Example The Passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension of
Jesus is called the Paschal Mystery. CCC#1067
Framework (Numbering System)
5 is grade level.
[MA is “mature adult.”]
1 is task number.
1 is the strand number.
4 is the learning target number.
Checking for Understanding
(Formative Assessment: Framework Vocabulary)
Turn & Talk:
Explain this statement
from the CFLFF and use the
appropriate vocabulary. Jesus revealed to people God’s
plan for true happiness.
Task 4 - Prayer
Strand 4.1 - Christian Prayer and the Our Father
A3-3 yr - Prayer is a way to talk to God.
Grade 4 - Prayer is a conversation with God begun at God’s
Grade 6 - Daily prayer nourishes a relationship with God.
Grade 8 - In the Gospels, Jesus retreated for prayer.
Grade 10 - Scripture is a source and guide for prayer
Adult - Jesus’ prayer life is, for the Christian, the model to live a
life of prayer.
Group Activity: Spiraling of Faith Concepts
(Checking Your Understanding)
• Read through all slips of paper.
• What are these statements called?
• Which “task” and “strand” do these
statements represent?
• Place them in a developmentally appropriate
• Explain why these “learning targets” are
Correct Sequence of LTs
• – A sacrament is a sign of God’s life and
love that gives grace.
• – A sacrament is a visible sign of God’s life
and love given to the Church by Jesus Christ.
• – The Seven Sacraments are sacred signs
through which Jesus Christ shares God's life with
• - Sacraments are liturgical celebrations
that use signs and symbols revealed by Jesus
Christ to celebrate and bring about God’s grace.
Correct Sequence of LTs
• – Jesus Christ is present in the Church in a
unique way in his sacraments by the power of the
Holy Spirit.
• – The sacraments are the privileged way
by which Christ sanctifies the Church through the
power of the Holy Spirit and grants her the
means of holiness.
• MA 2.2.2 – Sacraments are efficacious signs of
grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the
Church, through the power of the Holy Spirit;
Catholics are sanctified and the Body of Christ
gives greater honor and glory to God.
Checking for Understanding
(Formative Assessment)
• For students in grades 1-5, what is the “deep
understanding” about sacraments that the
Archdiocese wants catechists to emphasize in
faith formation?
• How does that understanding extend for
older students and adults?
3-Minute Pause
(Stand & Share, if you prefer)
• While the Framework document clusters
learning targets by grade level, should you
merely turn to your grade level pages and
teach down the list of learning targets?
• Why or why not?
In Conclusion…our catechetical
• Lifelong from “womb to tomb,” resulting in a
mature, faith-filled, adult Catholic
• Organized by 6 “tasks”/dimensions of
catechesis (GDC, NDC, & OHWB)
• Sub-tasks or “strands”
• Definitive statements (“learning targets”) of faith
• Correlated to the Catholic documents
• Goal: to form Christian communities of disciples
Sacred Scripture…
… the heart of catechesis
– A list of 125 passages, coming
from all parts of the Bible, which
are absolutely essential to a
mature appreciation of the
– Cross referenced that list with the
Lectionary for Mass
Common Prayers & Formulas
(by age level)
Learning by Heart, our common language to
grow in faith, should
 …begin early
 …be continual
 …be gradual
Time to process what you’ve
Popcorn Responses –
Think and call out one to
three words that describe
what you now know about
the CFLFF.
Exit Slip
On an index card, answer this module’s
Essential Question:
How will the Catechetical Framework for
Lifelong Faith Formation (CFLFF) support me
as a catechist in providing lifelong faith
Then, please answer this question:
What was the most helpful part of this 2hour module that helped you answer the
Essential Question?
Your Commitment to Action
Make a personal commitment to action/
a personal action plan. Decide how you
will extend your understanding about the
Framework. Be specific; what will you do
to deepen your on-going faith formation
as well as your catechetical ministry?
Follow-up Opportunities
• Cardinal’s Video
Keep checking the curriculum website for
catechetical resources; it’s always being updated.
Closing Prayer
Closing Prayer
Be with us, Lord Jesus, on our road to Emmaus,
Guide us on our journey and nourish us
As we continue to walk in your Light.
Open our eyes that we may see your presence among us;
Open our hearts, that we may reflect your love;
Empower each of us as catechists to echo the Truth
that is found in you alone.
We ask this through the power of the Blessed Trinity:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
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