To commemorate the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, the patron
saint of catechists everywhere, we bring you a few capsules on
the objectives of promoting the catechism to the young from the new Catechism of the
No. 2226, page 537; no. 2688, page 646 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s
earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another
to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the
Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms
of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their
children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. (35).
The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical
life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of
children and parents.
The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching
them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in
liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit
in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education
of popular piety (46). The memorization of basic prayers offers an
essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help
learners savor their meaning.