Its About the Foundation
Vision of Adolescent Catechesis
A key moment of NIAC was the development of the Vision and Outcomes of Adolescent Catechesis. This statement, rooted in catechetical documents, has provided a common language and goals for all three PAC organizations. It contains not only the eight outcomes for adolescent catechesis but also the foundational elements necessary for them to occur. The foundational elements are:
Empowered Parents and Faith-Filled Families: Catholic parents and families must be primary in thinking, planning, and programming so that they are empowered to develop a rich and vibrant Catholic faith within the home as domestic church. Parishes serve as lifelong partners with parents in this effort ;
Vibrant, Youth-Friendly Parishes: Youth must find welcome and meaningful engagement in parishes alive with rich and vibrant faith, requiring collaboration among parish leaders working together for the renewal of parish life;
Fruitful Partnerships: Because “it takes a whole church,” intentional and mutual partnerships must be formed and nurtured among parents, parishes, dioceses, Catholic schools, apostolic movements and adolescents working toward a common goal;
Comprehensive Ministry to Youth with Intentional and Systematic Faith Formation: Innovative, comprehensive learning approaches and dynamic resources must be developed along with effective and well-formed adults willing to apprentice (acompanar) young people in the faith
Inclusion, Trust and Acceptance: An environment of inclusion, trust and acceptance must be fostered in parishes, schools and the larger community, embracing young people and families from different cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
If we think about these elements, we realize we know communities in our dioceses or that we have ministered with that foster one or more these in an exemplary manner. We also know that some of these elements are common in many parishes and schools.
These foundational elements represent the tasks that parishes and schools take on because there is a tremendous power in the community.
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