JAMES PAULEY: "Liturgical Catechesis: an Apprenticeship in Mystery and Mission"
Cultural shifts in US affect how we do catechesis.
Jim Beckman in Becoming a Psrish of Intentional Disciples proposes small group ministry
"Apprenticeship" in the Decree on Missionary Activity
"The catechumenate is not a mere expounding of doctrines and precepts, but a training period in the whole Christian life, and an apprenticeship duty drawn out, during which disciples are joined to Christ their teacher." 
Characteristics of an Apprenticing Relationship:
- We put ourselves under the direction of someone who has mastered/is mastering the craft
- Objective: learning a new way of seeing and learning new abilities
- Learning happens through the experience of sustained presence with the other.
Three Related Concepts:
- Pope Francis has freqently mentioned "Spiritual Accompaniment" (EG 169-170)
- GDC 47 "Slow Stages" of Evangelization - Before relationship with God is proposed there needs to be a sustained conversation
- Sherry Weddell's Forming Intentional Disciples: Thresholds of Conversion. - We need to study the person... And tailor our approach based on who they are.
How Would "Apprenticeship" Inspire our Catechetical Approaches?
- The Content of Faith would e communicated in a genuinely personal way
- All that is taught would e oriented to how it may be lived
- Time would be set apart to allow for responsiveness, dialog and mentoring
- Participants would learn a new way of seeing and a new way of living
Sophia Cavelleti allows time for silence...
Apprenticeship model is most germane to liturgical catechesis because the liturgy is a place of encounter with God.
See CCC 1624 on marriage role of Holy Spirit...
If catechist is teaching in impersonal way, the richness will be missing
Four Necessary Skills Needed to Live a Rich Sacramental Life
- The ability to disengage from distractions and attune ourselves to God in the sacramental action - How do we help people disengage and attune to God? How the catechist starts the session is crucially important.
- The ability to "see" and "receive" and "give" in a sacramental way - Seeing in a sacramental way gives us the ability to unite ourselves to see the invisible in the visible (Sohia Cavaletti) we need to help people to see the invisible. Then, we need authentic witnesses
- The ability to unit the mind and heart to the language of the liturgy (is this even possible today - is it too much to expect? Children can. See Sophia Cavalletti Religious Potential of the Child, p. 43
- The ability to be responsive to the gift God gives so that a change is effected in how we live
3 challenges to doing this. From 2013 institute of church life survey
- Lack of trained personnelL
- Insufficient intentional disciples
- Catechesis takes place in larger groups
Maybe we start out small...
Organic Opportunities Today for Apprenticeship:
- It remains a deep conviction within our tradition that parents are the primary educators of their children... - Challenge to help parents apprentice the sacramental life.. Need homes where faith is lived organically
- A vitally important element of our ecclesial vision is that adult evangelization and catechesis is "the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as thoat of old age." (GDC 275)... We must pour our efforts into evangelizing adults
- We can invest deeply in the mentoring roles that are already clearly defined... - Invest in mentoring roles sponsor, godparent...
- We recognize that the year after receiving a sacrament is a sensitive period... - The neophyte years is important. In marriage, the 1st year establishes behaviors
- The practice of spiritual direction is an already familiar model... Spiritual direction is an apprenticeship model
- Opportunities may be found in catechetical sessions as they are currently structured... Build time for mentoring into catechetical sessions
- Many of the Saints [our mentors] apprenticed others in the Christian life... If the task is beyond our strength, like St. Therese, turn to God
Our catechesis should be rooted in respect for the mystery of God and the person.