A new curriculum has been created by the Office of Youth Ministry to help youth ministers incorporate catechesis into their comprehensive ministry programs, in line with the USCCB documents Renewing the Vision (1997) and Adaptation of Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age (2010). The "Emmaus" resource provides an outline that covers all catechetical topics recommended by the USCCB for high school ministry, in a four year time frame. For a more detailed overview of "Emmaus".
Please read the document's "Introductory Letter by Kevin Bohli".
An introduction to "Emmaus"
We have provided a few documents online here to introduce you to the resource. Please peruse these documents and get a feel for the overall document for the Fall of 2010 ("Year 1 Fall"). If you would like to have access to this entire semester, please contact Tiffany Lambert (firstname.lastname@example.org); she can also be reached at the office: 703-841-2579.
Current Semester is available online!
The Year 3, Spring Semester has been published! This entire semester has been posted to help you plan your semester of ministry. You can find the new semester sessions here.
If you would like to be able to incorporate the topics for this semester as you plan for the year ahead, please see below.
SEMESTER 5 : Fall 2012
Jesus as a Leader
Jesus is the perfect example of the Christian life and should be imitated. He has many qualities and virtues of a good leader that we should try to emulate.
Authority and the Common Good
This session will begin by defining God as the supreme authority over all. From him is derived all other authority. It will also discuss other types of authority such as political and social authorities and the obligations we have to help authorities to uphold the fundamental rights of the human person.
Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience
This session introduces young people to the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity, and obedience and helps them recognize the particular manner that each vocation is call to live them out.
Universal Call to Holiness and Vocations
This session is to answer the question who is called to holiness. It will discuss in brief: matrimony and holy orders, religious orders and the evangelical counsels. It will also cover secular institutes, societies of apostolic life, consecrated lay people. It also talks about the diversity of ministry and holiness.(Religious life and the evangelical counsels are covered in-depth in “Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience” focus here should be holiness and vocations.)
This session will discuss the modern understanding of Ecumenism, addressing different Christian denominations as well as non-Christian religions. It will talk about the hope of reunification among all Christians and the Catholic view of salvation for those groups and peoples outside the Church.
Eucharist celebrated in the Mass is the “Source and Summit” of our faith. As such, the Mass should be understood. This is an opportunity to teach about the Mass as liturgy, celebration and communion. The particular Mass parts should be covered in an effort to help encourage “full and conscious participation” in all parts of the Liturgy.
Modes of Scripture
This session will cover the modes and senses of scripture. The idea behind this is helping the youth understand scripture and interpretation in light of history and context. Attention should also be given to the writing methods (allegory, poetry, history, law, etc.) as well as senses of interpretation. Care should be given to make this session fun without too much emphasis on exegesis.
The Marks of the Church
This session discusses the four marks of the Church found in the Creed: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
Discernment and Vocations
This session will help teens understand that they are called to a specific vocation and how to actively listen to God and seek counsel to discover it.
Dating and Modesty
This session presents the Church's teaching on dating and modesty from the basis of our human dignity. Meant to be practical and down to earth, this issue night equips teens for living pure relationships.
OVERVIEW/Sample... and a Resource!
Wondering what the Emmaus resource is all about? If so, here is a sample session, along with the opening documents (cover, table of contents, introductory letter & more), absolutely free! Click here for the sample. If you would like the entire Semester (please refer to the table of contents for session topics), please email Tiffany (see info above).
Also, if you would like a complete copy of the semester, you may get a printable copy here or have a copy bound & printed for you. For all pricing information (for those outside the Diocese of Arlington), or to get the code for printing or to obtain a bound copy, please contact Tiffany.
One of the Semester 4 Sessions is on the "Sacraments of Healing". A companion resource has been created for your use along with that session; a link to the resource can be found here (MS PowerPoint).
Seeking Future Authors!
So far, we have published the "Year 1 Fall", "Year 1 Spring", "Year 2 Fall", "Year 2 Spring","Year 3 Fall" and "Year 3 Spring". We are now beginning work on the "Year 4 Fall" semester (please refer to the "Four Year Curriculum" for details). We are actively seeking authors for the remaining semesters, though topics are being assigned to volunteers quickly. If you want to offer your time and talent to this effort, you may also contact Tiffany (see contact information above) if you are interested in authoring future semester sessions.