Cata-what? That is the first reaction by many people to the term “catechesis.” (pronounced cat-a-key-sis) What does that mean? Catechesis simply means to educate. In the context of the Christian tradition, to catechize a person was to teach the Biblical truths. Contrary to modern educational systems arising largely in the Industrial Revolution, Christian teaching does not stop after 8th Grade. The Christian Church traditionally taught that learning the biblical truth is a lifelong endeavor. Lifelong biblical learning is the focus of the Catechesis program at Christ Lutheran Church as it is only the beginning.
Christ Lutheran Church’s adopted its Catechesis Program in 2013 placing the congregation on the cutting edge of educating laymen. There is evidence to indicate the next generation of believers want a deeper knowledge of their faith. This program is geared to those very people who want to begin their journey to a more complete understanding of the Bible and what it teaches: Salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus.
The Christ Lutheran Church Catechesis program is open to any person of any age able to understand the Biblical basics. God’s children as young as 7, or older than 70, are invited to become “catecheumens” and learn the core principles of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod contained in Luther’s Small Catechism. The catechuemens engage in fellowship in two phases through the program. The first phase is the ability to have fellowship with the Saints through the Sacrament of the Altar. This is accomplished after announcing the catechuemen’s entry into the program, and then studying Luther’s Small Catechism before being examined by Pastor Piazza. The second phase is the full examination and confirmation of faith in becoming a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Both phases can takes as short as 9 months or as long as several years. The length of time all depends on the individual in the program. To assist a catecheumen, the congregation can assign a member as a mentor to the catecheumen.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Catechesis Program at Christ Lutheran Church should contact Pastor Piazza.