If you teach the faith in any setting – home, parish religion program, or Catholic school – I hope to provide you with some helpful ideas. I will start by looking at some of the new features of the second edition of the Image of God series. Though these ideas can be used no matter what series you are currently using.
The Image of God series uses the Ecclesial Methodology as a way of presenting the lesson material. The term “Ecclesial Methodology” may not be familiar to you, but the idea is not new. If you have a chance to read “The Mystery We Proclaim, Catechesis at the Third Millennium” written by Msgr. Francis D. Kelly, do so. This book is available on amazon.com. It is a short and easy to read book that “emphasizes the role and importance of catechesis as being essential to the Church and the continuation of the life of faith”. In the book, Msgr. Kelly sets out the Ecclesial Methodology.
This methodology breaks the lesson into five steps: Preparation, Proclamation, Explanation, Application, and Celebration. For the next five weeks I will present one of these steps and discuss how it can be used to enhance your lesson. Even if you are not currently using the Image of God series, you will find these steps easy to add to your lesson plans.
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