Whole Parish Catechesis takes an approach used widely and effectively in the US and adapts it for use in an Irish/British context. The author presents a small scale, sharply focussed project – the production of a small booklet of gospel based reflection and activity for use in Advent or Lent. The process is simple and can be adapted to the needs and talents of parishes of any shape or size. The results? Strengthened links between parish groups.
A down-to-earth resource which reaches into the heart of parish families and lay people affirmed in their role as bearers of the Good News. Providing a concise account of the strategy in action and useful background notes, templates for handouts/letters and outlines for meetings, this book is a valuable tool to any parish or parish group seeking to encourage and support lay involvement in the process of faith development. Easy. Enjoyable. Effective.
• The Good News God loves us and wants to be with us.
• God is with us now (Risen Christ)
• We can help each other to pay attention to Christ\’s presence with us in our homes/in scripture
• The entire process of preparing and sharing the material produced is an experience of Christ present in our midst.
About the Author
Originally trained as a botanist, Breige O’Hare is qualified in primary and religious education and has an MA in Pastoral Studies from All Hallows college Dublin. Trained in spiritual direction, she is employed by the diocese of Down and Connor. She contributes to the diocesan prayer ministry and has published articles based on her research into retreatants’ experience of Ignatian Weeks of guided Prayer. She is married to Paul and they have two children.