Friday, November 15, 2013

Share the Good News - Are you getting to know the Catechism of the Catholic Church in your Parish ?

The Document 'Share the Good News' was brought out in 2011 by the Irish Episcopal Conference.  I just heard about it this month when I mentioned about doing 'Catechesis' in my local Parish.  It was said that next year that in my own Parish, they would start something on Catechesis with this book. To be honest I was a bit puzzled as to why we would not be using the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' as this is where Catechesis comes from after all.

I checked out this book 'Share the Good News' and it is not the Catechism or a shortened version of it either. So please get that straight. Share the Good News is a ten year plan for Catechesis and Faith development in Ireland.  That was brought out in 2011. Two years down the road, sadly I see no sign of any proper Catechesis (in my own area anyway).

I really don't understand why this book was brought out instead of focussing more on setting up actual Catechesis classes on the Catechism itself in Parishes.  So much money and time is wasted talking around things instead of getting to the core issues themselves.  All you need are at least three people, the Catechism itself, the Bible and a notebook and pen and start studying.

Share the Good News offers little for the spiritual life or for our own faith development as a Catholic and you are really better off studying the Catechism yourself if nothing is done in your Parish, and read the lives of the Saints and study the documents of the Church, the Early Fathers etc etc.

We need to wake up to what is going on here in Ireland in our Church and stand up for the truths of our faith and start throwing out the lukewarm stuff and nonsense that has caused so much harm in our Church over so many decades.  We need to seek more for ourselves and for the Church and aim high and stop accepting the middle of the road stuff.

No I am not perfect, I am a sinner as bad as anyone else, but I don't want to see souls being deprived of true joy and peace which comes from Christ and His teachings and His Church.  Jesus has given us His Life, He has paid the Price and suffered a most horrific indescribable agony for every soul.  He has redeemed us and loved us completely and we have a duty to spread the True Faith He has given us in His Church, all the treasures, the greatest of which is the gift of His true Presence in the Holy Eucharist and the great Sacrament of Confession where we meet personally the Merciful Christ who cleanses us of all sin and brings true healing to our souls.  Now that is Good News.

For more on this dilemma with 'Share the Good News' you can read here:
Family & Life - Personal Update - National Directory for Catechesis in Ireland

*If you have a Catechesis course based on the actual Catechism in your Parish (Ireland only), please let me know in the comment box if possible.  You don't have to give your name but it would be good to get some feedback if possible.

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