1 A RESOURCE FOR. PREACHING AND TEACHING . about THE SACRAMENTS. Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis September 2015. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops A RESOURCE FOR. PREACHING AND TEACHING . about THE SACRAMENTS. Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis September 2015. i a RESOURCE for PREACHING and TEACHING about the sacraments Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) 2013, Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), Vatican City; Pope Francis, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (Misericor- dia Vultus) 2015, LEV, Vatican City; Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter on the Holy Eucharist (Ecclesia de Eucharistia) 2003, LEV, Vatican City; Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Homiletic Directory 2015, LEV, Vatican City.
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3 Copyright 2016, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright holder. Table of Contents List of Resources .. 1. Introduction .. 2. General Considerations .. 3. Prayerful Reflection on the Scriptural Texts for Each Sacrament Is Crucial .. 3. An Opportunity for Evangelization .. 3. Invitation to Inactive Catholics.
4 5. Introduction to Treatment of the Seven Sacraments .. 7. Baptism .. 7. Confirmation/Chrismation .. 9. Eucharist .. 10. Penance and Reconciliation .. 12. Anointing of the Sick .. 14. Matrimony .. 16. LIST OF RESOURCES. Scripture Documents from Vatican Offices or New American Bible, rev. ed. Congregations bible/books-of-the- Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, Decree on the revised Rite of Penance (Rite of Penance). December 2, 1973. Canon Law Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship Code of Canon Law: Latin-English Edition: New and the Discipline of the Sacraments, English Translation (Code).
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7 Papal Documents (RCIA). Washington, DC: USCCB, 1988. Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation The Joy The Rites of the Catholic Church as revised by the of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) [EG], Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, study Washington, DC: LEV-USCCB, 2013. ed. Volume One, (Rites). Collegeville, Pope Francis, Bull of Indiction of the MN: The Liturgical Press, 1990. Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Sacramental Catechesis: An Online RESOURCE (Misericordiae Vultus) [MV]. Washington, for Dioceses and Eparchies (SACCAT). DC: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, USCCB, Washington, DC: Committee on April 2015.
8 Evangelization and Catechesis, Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter on the USCCB, 2012. Holy Eucharist (Ecclesia de Eucharistia), United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Washington, DC: Libreria Editrice (USCCA). Washington, DC: USCCB, Vaticana, USCCB, April 2003. 2006. 1. a RESOURCE for PREACHING and TEACHING about the sacraments Introduction Catechesis both precedes the Liturgy and springs First reception of a sacrament often is an occasion from it. It prepares people for a full, conscious, for families of the candidates, plus extended fam- and active participation in the Liturgy by helping ily and friends, to join their relatives at church.
9 Them understand its nature, rites, signs, rituals, Typically among this group, there are active and and symbols expressed in the Liturgy; to discern inactive Catholics, baptized non-Catholics, and the implications of their participation in the non-Christians. While the homilist's main focus Liturgy; and to respond to its missionary summons is on those catechumens or candidates receiving to bear witness and offer service. And Liturgy the sacrament, it is also important to enrich the itself is inherently catechetical. 1 faith of active Catholics, to invite those support- ing the candidate to consider returning to the Liturgical catechesis aims to initiate people into Catholic faith if they have drifted away, or to the mystery of Christ.
10 By proceeding from the invite non-Catholics to consider the Catholic visible to the invisible, from the sign to the thing faith for the first time. This is best done through signified, from the sacraments' to the myster- a heartfelt and loving invitation that clearly ies.' Liturgical catechesis fosters a deeper sense of explains the faith in language accessible to the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments. all present. In other words, sacramental life is impoverished and very soon turns into hollow ritualism if it Attention is also important for the faithful who is not based on serious knowledge of the mean- celebrate sacraments that may be repeated ( ing of the sacraments, and catechesis becomes Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, and intellectualized if it fails to come alive in sacra- Anointing of the Sick).