Written by Sr. Alma Esmero, SPC and revised by Julie Quiroz-Zamora, DRE on Friday, March 3, 2017
The aim of catechesis is to lead believers to a deeper knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, the Church and to a firm commitment to follow him. Jesus Christ is at the heart of catechesis. It is only through Jesus that we share in the mystery of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Religious Education Program of St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church is designed to meet the goal of catechesis. It is based on the Norms for the Sacramental Catechesis for Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist published by the Diocese of Honolulu through the Office of Religious Education in 2010. Currently, this is being revised to bring all parishes to begin celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation in their Original Order. A prerequisite for this is to implement a comprehensive Youth Ministry program. St. John Apostle and Evangelist is in Group One of the Restoration of Original Order Time Table. We began on restoration on July 2016 and we are in our first year. All Religious Education students in grades 2 thru 5 and Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost, 2018.
The aim of catechesis is to put people in communion, in intimacy with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It is only Jesus Christ who can lead us to the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Trinity (CT 5). Through the religious instruction they get from their RE Sunday school, the learners will grow in their knowledge of the Catholic Faith and develop their spiritual and moral life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To realize the aim of catechesis the Religious Education Program of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Church is ordered to enable the learners to:
1. Acquire basic knowledge of the essential truths of our Catholic Faith according to their level of development and capacity,
2. Become familiar with some common Bible stories,
3. Learn basic skills in using the Sacred Scriptures to interpret human events and experiences,
4. Understand basic Christian moral principles and practices behind the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes,
5. Grow in their ability to pray and to celebrate meaningfully he liturgy and Sacraments with the worshipping parish community,
6. Learn to get involved in the life of the Church and become more aware of our social responsibilities as Christians.