Planning Guide

NOTE: The themes mentioned below are taken directly from the U.S. Bishops’ document, “Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age,” published in 2007. While this framework was developed specifically for high school-aged youth, I would argue that the framework would still be useful for most adult faith formation programs as well.

Theme Overview

  • Sacred Scripture: The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture
  • Person of Christ: Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Paschal Mystery: The Mission of Jesus Christ
  • Church: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church
  • Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ
  • Morality: Life in Jesus Christ
  • Social Justice: Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society
  • Vocation: Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ


Summer/Fall 2013: What Does It Mean to Be An American Catholic in the 21st Century?

RESOURCE: Catechism for US: Breaking Open the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, St. Anthony’s Messenger Press

To access the links to the session handouts, please click here.

August 2013

  • Catechism Session 1: God’s Call and Our Response
  • Catechism Session 2: Faith in a Self-Revealing God

September 2013

  • Catechism Session 3: Created and Redeemed in Love
  • Catechism Session 4: The Church: People, Body, Temple
  • Catechism Session 5: Celebrating the Mystery
  • Special Topic:

October 2013

  • Catechism Session 6: Initiation Into the Body of Christ
  • Catechism Session 7: God’s Desire for Healing
  • Catechism Session 8: Christ’s Love and God’s Law
  • Special Topic:

November 2013

  • Catechism Session 9: Loving God With Whole Mind and Heart
  • Catechism Session 10: Love and Respect in Family
  • Catechism Session 11: Love, Respect, and Justice for All
  • Special Topic:

December 2013

  • Catechism Session 12: Responding to God’s Love in Prayer
  • Special Topic:

Winter 2014: Sacred Scripture

RESOURCE: And God Said What? An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms

To access the links to the session handouts, please click here.

January 2014

  • Scripture Session 1: What is the Bible?
  • Scripture Session 2: Literary Forms: Myth, Legend, Debate
  • Scripture Session 3: Literary Forms: Fiction, Songs, Narratives
  • Special Topic:

February 2014

  • Scripture Session 4: What is a Gospel?
  • Scripture Session 5: The Infancy Narratives
  • Scripture Session 6: The Miracle Stories
  • Special Topic:

March 2014

  • Scripture Session 7: Parables and Allegories
  • Scripture Session 8: The New Testament Letters
  • Scripture Session 9: The Book of Revelation
  • Special Topic:

Spring/Summer 2014: Person of Christ

RESOURCE: Jesus, A Historical Portrait, St. Anthony’s Messenger Press

To access the links to the session handouts, please click here.

April 2014

  • Christ Session 1: How Do We Know Who Jesus Is?
  • Christ Session 2: Exploring the World Jesus Knew

May 2014

  • Christ Session 3: The Now and Future Kingdom
  • Christ Session 4: Listening to the Master’s ‘Voice’
  • Christ Session 5: Miracles: Signs of God’s Presence
  • Special Topic:

June 2014

  • Christ Session 6: Lord, Teach Us to Pray
  • Christ Session 7: The Truth About Jesus and Women
  • Special Topic:

July 2014

  • Christ Session 8: Rendering to Caesar — And to God
  • Christ Session 9: The Death of Jesus: Then and Now
  • Special Topic:

August 2014

  • Christ Session 10: The Resurrection: High Point of History
  • Christ Session 11: Christianity Takes Root
  • Christ Session 12: When He Comes Again
  • Special Topic:


Fall 2014: Paschal Mystery

Spring 2015: Church


Fall 2015: Sacraments

Spring 2016: Morality


Fall 2016: Social Justice

Spring 2017: Vocation

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