Catechists have a lot on their plates. Teaching about the Catholic faith is not simple or easy—and who knows this better than they? The best catechists have learned that ultimately all of their teaching centers around Jesus: his teachings, the sacraments, the Eucharistic liturgy, and all of our Catholic customs and traditions. These include Catholic Social Teaching. Jesus is at the heart here too, for all social teaching focuses on loving and serving others as Jesus does.
Here Sr. Janet Schaeffler offers catechists creative (and fun) ways to focus on Catholic Social Teaching with those they teach (and their parents). She assures them that this is not something difficult and mysterious, but rather a way of life we are called to live daily. Through it, she says, catechists are responding to the mandate to serve others and to develop relationships with people whose life experiences differ from their own. She says it is a way of living their baptism as disciples of Jesus. And, she describes all this from A to Z, quite literally.
Catechists will love this book. It opens a whole new world of possible ways to live as Jesus did.
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Janet Schaeffler, OP—an Adrian Dominican Sister—has spent many years in parish and archdiocesan catechetical ministry (most recently as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the archdiocese of Detroit). The author of hundreds of articles and several publications in catechetical and parish ministry, her articles can be found in The Priest, Catechetical Leader, Catechist, Ministry and Liturgy, etc. Janet currently accompanies others on their faith-journey through days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops, catechist formation opportunities, adult faith formation opportunities, Myers-Briggs explorations, and online courses.