Adults need catechesis - Catholic Courier

Adults need catechesis

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate you on the January issue of the Catholic Courier. It was filled with articles suitable for adult readership. They were substantive, interesting, and each one was a good mix of Scripture, liturgy, church history, canon law and the revised catechism.

I hope that this issue of the paper is a preview of issues to come during the Bishop’s planned program for Renewal. The Courier, if it repeats the substance and depth of the January issue, could be used as a course outline for the planned Renewal.

Many adults have not had a course in Church history since sophomore year in high school. Others never studied Church history at all. The last time many adults had a class on the history and symbolism of the sacraments — if ever — was when they were confirmed.

I know that infants used to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with Baptism. However, I think that Bishop Sheen was right when he proposed that education for Confirmation and the sacrament itself, should be postponed until late adolescence — high school graduation — or early adulthood. Faith and Grace are essential, but all of us need to be educated in what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.

If you listen to any sincere or loud conversation on “undocumented” migrant workers, minimum wages, health insurance for all children, etc. you know how controversial and difficult it is to begin to believe in and to practice the Beatitudes.

Patricia A. Donovan

East Avenue


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