At St. Jude, we use the "Faith and Life" Curriculum for Jr. High! It's a Catholic middle school youth ministry that helps young people with life's most challenging years.
Catechesis is vital for our middle school adolescents-the age of the Jr. High student is a time of discovering oneself and one's inner world, the joy to be connected, and the biological impulses. Catechesis is essential during this delicate period of life. During this age, our Catechesis forcus is Jesus Christ as a friend, guide, and model, capable of being admired and imitated. We beging the concept of authentic love uniting the human race; learning about the Creed, the Passion and death of Jesus, and the Resurrection. We also look at the precepts of the church.
One final thought-Currently, we see a gap in youth Faith Formation around the world, whereas the sacraments have become, for some, a "hollow ritual." What I mean by that is our youth are enrolled only to receive a sacrament and check a box! They miss the teachings on good & evil, grace & sin, and life & death. Will they understand the virtues needed to make a good moral decisions? Continuous Catechesis will mnature them in their faith and prepare their hearts for their witness in the world as a conversion of heart will help them to attain the unity of faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Ideas and information of Catechesis cited: Tradendae by John Paul II
Ms. Anna Biran
Youth and High School Director
817-473-6709 ext. 2106