Archdiocesan Catechetical Curriculum
The Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation was promulgated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo on August 6, 2013. This document became the definitive framework by which catechesis is to be carried out in this Archdiocese, be they archdiocesan programs, Catholic schools, parish formation programs, early childhood centers, university campus ministries, catechetical efforts in detention facilities, or home-based catechetical efforts. It was Cardinal DiNardo’s firm conviction that a consistent application of this document’s vision and content across all parishes in over 10 counties of this archdiocese would best serve our catechetical and evangelization efforts.
This Framework is the foundation for the development of curricula that is Christologically-focused. The overall theme---Growing closer to God through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit alive in the Church---is addressed with age-appropriate resources across the life cycle while consistently using similar unit ideas:
- Who is Jesus Christ?
- How do we get to know and love Jesus Christ?
- How does Jesus Christ teach us to live a moral life?
- How are we called to become missionary disciples of Jesus Christ?
Curriculum resources, as illustrated in the pie graph, include learning targets from the CFLFF document [curriculum = “what” we teach] which are clustered by faith topics to produce a unique, age-appropriate scope and sequence [“when” we teach the “what”] for each stage of the life cycle. For selected grades, lesson plans reflecting 21st-century methods [instruction = “how” we teach] are available referencing resources from religious publishers, as well as online materials. Finally, on-going (formative) and end-of-lesson/unit (summative) assessment activities assist catechists in discerning the depth of understanding of the faith achieved by learners in catechetical formation.