CATECHESIS AND THE FAMILY
The family is the fundamental environment for catechesis. The Second Vatican Council’s declaration on Christian education puts it very clearly: “Parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute” (Gravissimum Educationis No 3).
The General Directory for Catechesis presents the family as a source of catechesis which holds a privileged position. It states that the family is in the unique position to teach the Gospel by rooting it in profound human values. It lists the awakening of a sense of God, the first steps in prayer, the education of a Christian conscience, formation in the Christian sense of love as examples of Christian education which is ‘more witnessed than taught.’ Sensitive to the contemporary breakdown in family life in international culture, the GDC emphasizes the growing importance of the faith of grandparents in family catechesis. It states, “their wisdom and sense of the religious is often decisive in creating a true Christian climate. (GDC No 255).
CATECHESIS AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARISH AND THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
The parish is the primary place where the Christian community “is formed and expressed”. The General Directory for Catechesis states that the Christian Community is the “the origin, locus [place] and goal of catechesis” (GDC 254) and therefore, it is the “usual place in which the faith is born and in which it grows” (GDC 257).
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