The primary goal of sacramental catechesis is the formation and transformation of the person as they prepare to receive a sacrament.
The following are the basic principles of Catechetical Formation for Sacramental Catechesis:
- Conversion is a process.
- Liturgy is formative.
- The Rites are the first source of content for catechesis.
- The Context of Sacramental Catechesis is the parish community.
- Sacramental Catechesis includes mystagogia.
Our Church teaches that the meaning of the sacramental mystery is found in three major areas. The sacramental mystery is revealed and encountered:
- In the Living Word of God (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1100)
- In the dominant symbols and gestures of the rite (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1075)
- In the words and structure of the ritual text
Therefore, included in the sacramental catechesis are the scriptures, symbols, gestures, music, and ritual texts found in the rites. The scriptural repertoire contained in each of our sacramental rites unfolds the fullness of the sacramental mystery. Any sacramental catechesis must have as a major component the "breaking open of the fullness of the word" as set forth in the rite. The primary symbols and gestures of the rite unfold the meaning of the sacrament.
First Reconcilitation Catechesis
First Holy Communion Catechesis
Diocesan Sacramental Guidelines
Florida Bishops Statement on
Sacramental Guidelines for Those Who Home School