The process of sacramental catechesis must be so powerful and vibrant that inspires and moves candidates to respond to Christ with such an eagerness that permeates the rest of the community of faith. Sacramental preparation programs must encounter candidates in their context, feed and nourish them who in turn will desire to fully participate in the “mystery of Christ” in His Church (cf. CCC 1075).
The preparation for the celebration of a sacrament is never a solitary endeavor. The initiation and reconciliation of a member of the Church involves the whole community. A strong symbol of the community can be the development and utilization of a team of people who will design and implement the sacramental preparation programs.
Priests, catechists, teachers, parents, directors of religious education, sponsors etc. can plan and facilitate sessions for parents and candidates. These people can operate as panels and as individual presenters of input and as facilitators of small and large group dynamics. The General Directory for Catechesis calls for the use of the baptismal Catechumenate model as the inspiration for all catechesis (GDC 90, 91).
The Archdiocese of Miami, as the National Directory for Catechesis (p114) states, we present sacramental catechesis that:
The Office of Catechesis is gathering the best practices for
Baptismal Sacramental Ministry.
If you believe your Parish or one in your deanery has a strong Ministry relating to Baptism, please send us the following: