Unified Catholic Schools Introduce a New and Revised Religion Curriculum
A Religion Curriculum Committee comprised of dedicated educators from Diocesan Catholic schools came together during the 2013-2014 school year to review, adapt and write a Religion Curriculum to serve as a guide to align all religious instruction in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Colorado Springs with Scripture, Tradition, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Through hard work, dedication and knowledge of the faith the committee created a solid curriculum for the instruction of religion in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The Religion Committee adapted the original Religion curriculum, which was then reviewed by Rev. Larry Brennan, S.Th.D. Following the review, the curriculum was approved by Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, S.Th.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
The Religion Curriculum engages the student in hearing and understanding the proclamation of the faith and invites the student to respond through deeper openness to a relationship with God. This relationship is expressed in active participation in the life of the Church as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
“The Catholic school affords a particularly favorable setting for catechesis with its daily opportunity for proclaiming and living the Gospel message; for learning and appreciating the teaching of our Church; for acquiring a deep understanding, reverence, and love of the Liturgy; for building community; for prayer, for proper formation of conscience; for development of virtue; and for participating in Christian Service. In addition, Catholic schools strive to relate all the sciences to salvation and sanctification. Students are shown how Jesus illumines all of life-science, mathematics, history, business, biology, and so forth. For these reasons, whenever possible, parents should send their children to a Catholic school.” (National Directory of Catechesis, NDC, p. 233)
“Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life. Not only her geographical extension and numerical increase, but even more her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis.” (CCC # 7)
To be an effective instructor in Catholic schools, the following tasks of catechesis are essential catechetical instruction.
- Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.
- Catechesis promotes a knowledge and meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments.
- Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.
- Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ.
- Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church.
- Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.
These six tasks of catechesis “constitute a unified whole by which catechesis seeks to achieve its objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ.” (NDC, pp. 61-63)