Saturday, October 17, 2020

The task concerns all of us

Therefore, family catechesis precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Furthermore, in places where anti-religious legislation endeavours even to prevent education in the faith, and in places where widespread unbelief or invasive secularism makes true religious growth practically impossible, “the domestic Church” remains the one place where children and young people can receive an authentic catechesis. Thus, there cannot be a greater effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children’s catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal. Encouragement must also be given to the individuals or institutions that, through person-to-person contacts, through meetings, and through all kinds of pedagogical means, help parents to perform their task: The service they are doing to catechesis is priceless.

(Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, Pope John Paul II, No 68, October 16, 1979.)