Friday, 13 June 2008

Parish Catechesis

We have recently received the first batch of books for our Parish Catechetical programmes due to begin in the autumn.

We are using a new programme this year for our First Holy Communion children; "Jesus Comes to Me" by Dora Nash.

I ordered a sample to look at earlier in the year and was very impressed both with the straightforward Catholic content and the layout of the book.

We have been using Dora Nash's Confirmation Programme, "Confirmed in the Faith" for a few years now in the parish and have been very pleased with it so I thought I could rely on Dora Nash to give a suitable treatment to preparation for the Sacrament of Confession and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, and I am not disappointed.

Both books are available from 'Family Publications', amongst others.

I feel like the BBC announcers saying, 'other listings magazines are available' when giving the Radio Times a plug!


William O'Leary said...

Do these sacramental preparation books have any art in them? Does it present solid content and then have ideas for practical application?


Fr Míċeál Beatty said...


Yes they are illustrated (in black and white) with some questions to be answered and little puzzles etc. Their strength I believe, is in their orthodoxy. They are very child friendly yet leave no doubt about the teaching of the Church. We've used other programmes in the past which appeared to concentrate more on 'doing' and 'feeling' and 'colouring and cutting-out' rather than what is really important. I'm sure the publishers would be happy to provide you with a sample copy.