"SOCIAL JUSTICE" SEMESTER INTRODUCTION
Welcome. The goal of the St. Priscilla / Life Teen Semester Introduction is to help the Core Team Members, Faith Formation Team, parents and the parish-at-large to provide systematic and complete catechesis for our teenagers while providing opportunities for evangelization and transformation as well.
This semester is the seventh of an 8-semester curriculum. The content for the eight semesters is based on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops "National Doctrinal Curriculum Framework for High School." The Bishop's Council approved this framework in November 2008. A member of the USCCB staff, Michael Steier, commeted on the Framework, "The Framework is not a teaching tool itself, but a tool designed to guide the development of texts and other teaching materials (by publishers). The Committee on Catechesis is relying on thed expertise of publishers to develop texts which reflect the doctrinal content of the Framework in a manner that will appeal to young people."
In accordance with the Curriculum Framework, and Life Teen's recommendation, St. Priscilla has adopted a 4-year (or 8 sememster) catechetical plan to ensure that complete and qulity catechesis is offered to every teeen involved in our Life Teen program.
In May 2007, Life Teen published the first Curriculum Guide
on Sacred Scripture. Each semester will topically build on each other and work together to create a systematic curriculum. Below is an overview of the entire 8-semester plan:
Person of Christ
This semester on Social Justice is the seventh in the series and breaks open the social teaching of the Catholic Church. On our parish website, you will find Life Nights that introduce our teens to the Church's social teaching as well as help them learn how Christ's concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church's social teaching and mission.
These Life Nights are are designed to call our teens to holiness in creative and engaging ways. In planning this semester on Social Justice, we will combine doctrinal Life Nights with Issues and Social Life Nights as well. We will also be connecting our Life Nights with world events, liturgical seasons of the Church, and life of the St. Priscilla parish.
In planning curriculum, we always take into consideration the needs of our teens and the resources of our parish. This semester in particular demands that the Core Team be well informed about Catholic social teachings. As a Core Team Member, take time to pray, read and study the topics that will be presented.
We will also be looking opportunities and offering ideas on how to involve the larger parish community in you youth ministry efforts, everyon from parents to priests.
Again, the curriculum and Life Nights and designed to call our teens to holiness in creative and engaging ways. It is our prayer that this Curriculum Guide will allow us to more effectively reach and form our young people as vibrant, active and holy Disciples of Christ.
Grace & Peace!