What are the most important things to teach?  Since I only have so much time in the classroom, what do I have to teach?  You might have heard this asked before by a catechist.  I want to share 5 things that are essential components to passing on the Faith.

1. The Holy Trinity – The Father, Son and Holy Spirit How does each lesson relate to the Holy Trinity.  The essential and foundational doctrine of the Catholic Faith is the Holy Trinity.  If your lesson does point toward or relate related in some way to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit then it would be best if it was left out of your lesson.

2. Scripture – A driving force in the classroom. Do you use Scripture in your opening prayer?  Do you use Scripture when teaching about the specific topic of the day?  My professor use to always say – Is Scripture the driving force of your lesson?  Using Scripture is vital to passing on the faith to the students in our classrooms.

3. Tradition – Handing it on The Apostles began to proclaim the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all they met and encountered.  Then the successors of the Apostles did the same.  It was about 400 years before anyone referred to the New Testament Scriptures because it was not until the Council of Rome in 382 that initially made a decision which books were divinely inspired and which ones were not.  St. Paul said, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter”. (2 Thes. 2:15). There were many things that were not written down.  This is called Apostolic Tradition (also known as Sacred Tradition) Many teachings and belief were passed on or handed down orally to fellow believers.  The Tradition of the Church is at the heart of what we teach in the classroom, not our personal opinions or only what can be found in the Bible.

4. Model’s of Faith – Saints There are thousands of models that the Church has at her fingertips to share with the students.  These saints lived for Christ and many were inspired by them and their own lives were transformed because of their example.  Continue to share about the lives of the saints in your classroom (even when they are not specifically mentioned in your textbook), because students love to hear stories about these interesting and fascinating people.

5. Prayer – at the heart of it all Help your students learn to pray.  Prayer is much more than mere words that we have memorized but a raising of the heart and mind to God.  Open and close every class in prayer and seek to provide prayer experiences that help your students depend their love for God.