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Leaflets on the Catechism

These one hundred and twenty-eight leaflets cover almost the whole of the first two parts of the Catechism – the Creed and the Sacraments. A second set of series covers  the final two parts – on the Christian Life, and on Prayer.

The Catechism Leaflets contain no more than the actual text of the Catechism. The text has been broken up and edited where necessary, but nothing of significance has been omitted. Paragraph headings have been added to bring out the meaning more clearly, but otherwise the text has not been interfered with. They can be downloaded free from this page .

The main themes of the first two parts are grouped into six series:

1. God’s Revelation and Man’s Response (nine leaflets)
2. God’s Master Plan in Christ (fifteen leaflets)
3. Jesus Christ (sixteen leaflets)
4. The Holy Spirit (seven leaflets)
5. The Church (fifteen leaflets)
6. The Sacraments (thirteen leaflets
The main themes of the last two parts are grouped into four series:
7. Life in Christ  (seventeen leaflets)
8. The Ten Commandments (seventeen leaflets)
9. Prayer in the Christian Life (thirteen leaflets)
10.The Lord’s Prayer (six leaflets)
Origin

The idea for these leaflets originated though giving talks in the parish on the new Catechism, and from studying the text. They gradually developed and evolved over four years. They have been produced on Microsoft Word, with McCrimmon graphics, and printed off quite cheaply on the parish printer. Suggested use

The Leaflets can used in the following ways in the parish and beyond:
  1. Copies can be distributed with each weekly parish bulletin. For example copies from the series on the Church can be released one leaflet per week. At the end parishioners will have a complete set on the Church.
  2. On feast days throughout the year the appropriate leaflet about the feast can be distributed – thus the appropriate leaflets on Jesus Christ are distributed and displayed at Christmas, his Baptism, his Transfiguration, his Death and Resurrection, and Ascension. Leaflets on the Holy Spirit will be put out for Pentecost, on the Trinity on Trinity Sunday etc.
  3. When there are Confirmations and First Holy Communions in the parish the leaflets on Confirmation and Holy Communion can be displayed.
  4. The leaflets can be used for talks on the faith in secondary schools, to give to Catholic teachers, to parents of children receiving sacraments, and to parents of children being baptised the leaflet on Baptism can be given etc.
  5. They provide material for meditation, study and prayer.
  6. They can be used for convert instruction, for RCIA and they can be given to interested non-Catholics.
  7. A large permanent display of leaflets can be arranged in complete series. They can be left for people to take as they wish. There is no worry about cost since they are very cheap to produce. They can be printed on different coloured papers for different series etc..
  8. There are many other uses for these leaflets. A whole course in primary and secondary schools could be built upon them – one chapter per leaflet! Experience has shown that secondary school youngsters are quite capable of understanding the text without the need for excessive ‘interpretation’.
Future developments

The leaflets may be freely downloaded individually by interested parties and copies then produced locally in parishes or schools. Any further ideas about distribution would be much appreciated.
Some think that the Catechism has not yet made the impact it should. It is surely a true development of doctrine, remarkably synthetic in linking the whole of Catholic belief, worship, morals, and prayer. It is also a Catechism of Vatican II setting the teaching of that Council within the whole sweep of Catholic doctrine. It is biblical, patristic and full of spiritual wisdom:
“This Catechism aims at presenting an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine, as regards both faith and morals.' (CCC 11)Another thought is that in these texts we have the basis for a Catholic alternative to the Alpha course but of much greater depth and with the fullness of the Catholic vision and doctrine. The Catechism is actually very apologetic in content, taking care to explain wherever possible not only what we believe, but why and the source of our belief, in scripture, in tradition and in reason.