Catechesis involves a partnership between the Church and its members whereby all Catholics are called to share in the ministry by being witnesses to the faith. Our religious education program is only one link in that partnership that recognizes that faith comes from God, that parents and guardians are the primary catechists (faith teachers) of their children and that the entire parish is a catechizing community. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

”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.” (#5, Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC)
”Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life. Not only her geographical extension and numerical increase, but even more her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis.” (#7, CCC)
The church today recognizes the many obstacles and challenges that Catechesis and Catechists face especially in the United States: The NDC (National Directory for Catechesis) tells us that:
”For many Catholics, there is a gap between their faith and their everyday life and an inadequate connection between their religious beliefs and their moral choices. The U.S. culture at times excludes or marginalizes both the individual and institutional religious values of Catholics. Catechesis needs to present the Christian life as a response to Christ’s invitation to follow him – in one’s personal life and family, the parish, and the wider human community.” page 15

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

John 15:13

Religious Education