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Bishop Burbidge Approves New Religion Curriculum

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On July 15, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge approved a new K-8 Religion Curriculum for Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs in the Diocese of Raleigh. The Curriculum replaces the Guidelines for Catechesis, published in June 1999, and is a response to the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, which calls for a renewed focus on Formation and Sacramental Practice. The Curriculum will be implemented for the 2010-2011 school year.

The Curriculum was developed by a core committee and reviewed by thirty-one people including priests, deacons, deanery coordinators, principals, religion coordinators, teachers and catechists from across the Diocese.

In promulgating the revised curriculum, Bishop Burbidge stated, “I am most grateful to all those who offered their expertise and talent in producing this substantial document. I am confident it will be a valuable and rich resource for our parents and those who assist them in the formation of their children in the way of the Faith.”

Mrs. Rosalie Innacelli, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese, said, “The goal of the revision was to develop a religion framework for parish-based faith formation programs and Catholic schools to enable students to articulate what they have been taught about the Catholic faith.”

Sister Rose Marie Adams, IHM, Director of the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, called catechesis a responsibility of the entire faith community. “This mission of teaching and forming children and adults in the faith is entrusted to every baptized Catholic,” she said. “With this new religion Curriculum, we especially invite every parent to renew their commitment to teach the faith with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.” 

“This Curriculum will assist all students to grow in an understanding of their faith as Roman Catholics and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Mrs. Innacelli. “It is rooted in the six fundamental tasks of catechesis outlined in the National Directory of Catechesis, # 20: Knowledge of Faith, Liturgical Education, Moral Education, Teaching to Pray, Education for Community Life, and Missionary Tradition. Related Scripture passages and references from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) will provide the teachers and catechists background knowledge and a deeper comprehension of the content.” 

Pastors, Parish Administrators, Principals, and Deanery Coordinators received a hard copy of the revision on August 6. It is also available to all on the Diocesan website. Formation for teachers/catechists on the six tasks, which are the foundation of the curriculum, are taking place this month.