Parish Catechetical Manual and Curriculum Guidelines

The Diocese of Fargo Parish Catechesis Manual, Curriculum Guidelines, and Preparation for Sacraments of Initiation was published in September of 2003. Following is a list of the major sections. Each section is a separate document. If you are looking for a specific topic, try searching the complete Table of Contents, which is given below.

  1. Introduction (PDF)
  2. Policy (PDF)
  3. Curriculum (for Adults & K-12) (PDF)
  4. Sacramental Preparation
  5. Parish Resources
  6. Appendices


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Parish Catechesis Manual

Complete Table of Contents

Following is the complete Table of Contents of the Diocese of Fargo Parish Catechesis Manual, Curriculum Guidelines, and Preparation for Sacraments of Initiation. The number in parenthesis is the page numbers where the topic is located in the document.

NOTE: Use CTRL+F (or CMD+F for MACs) to locate a topic quickly on this page.

  1. Introduction (PDF)
    1. Introduction (13)
    2. Using This Curriculum Guide (15)
    3. Important Catechetical Documents (17)
  2. Policy (PDF) includes this entire section in one document)
    1. What Is This Called: Catechist or Teacher? (3)
    2. General Parish Catechesis Policy (4)
    3. Adult Parish Catechesis Is Primary (6)
    4. Catholic Schools are Preferable (7)
    5. Parish Catechesis for Children (8)
    6. Home School Guidelines (9)
    7. Sacramental Preparation (11)
    8. Family Life and Chastity Education Guidelines (12)
    9. The Catechumenate is the Model for All Catechesis (13)
    10. Catechetical Models (14)
    11. Elements of the Catechetical Effort (16)
    12. Purpose of the Textbook (17)
    13. Who Needs a Textbook? Why? (18)
    14. Diocesan Textbook Evaluation (19)
    15. Diocesan Textbook Evaluation Terminology (20)
    16. Process for Selecting Textbooks (21)
  3. Curriculum - will be updated in 2017
    1. Sacramental Preparation
      1. Baptism Preparation Handbook (not available yet; resources available on the Sacramental Preparation page)
      2. First Reconciliation Preparation Handbook
      3. Confirmation Preparation Handbook
      4. First Eucharist Preparation Handbook
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      1. Part A (PDF)
        • Overview of Roles and Responsibilities (4)
        • Qualities, Competencies and Skills of the Catechist (6)
        • Substitute Catechists )8)
        • Imagining Out-of-the-Ordinary Catechists (9)
        • Catechist Formation and Certification (10)
        • Remuneration (Salaries, Stipends…A Living Wage) (12)
        • Possible Parish Leadership Positions (20)
        • Sample - Job Description and Contract (21)
        • Effective DRE Skills (24)
        • Communicating Effectively (26)
        • Creating a Fellowship of Catechists (27)
        • Recruiting and Training Catechists (includes the following) (28)
          • Real Men as Catechists (30)
          • Grandparents as Catechists (32)
        • Keeping Records and Budgets (33)
        • Legal Issues In Evangelization and Catechesis (34)
        • Sample - Permission/Medical Release Forms (35)
      2. Part B (PDF)
        • Celebrating Catechetical Sunday (39)
        • Book of Blessings, the First Sacramental (40)
        • Blessing of Catechists Within Mass (41)
        • Blessing of Catechetical Session (43)
        • Celebrating Your Parish Feast Day (47)
        • Catechesis and Prayer (48)
        • Sample Liturgy of the Word (49)
        • Worksheet for Planning the Liturgy of the Word (50)
        • Explanation of the Liturgy of the Hours (and a website reference) (51)
        • Litany of Catechetical Saints (52)
        • Lectio Divina in the Catechism (53)
        • Explanation of Lectio Divina (55)
        • Sample Formats of Lectio Divina (56)
        • Scheduling Time for Catechesis (59)
        • Going Beyond One Hour A Week (60)
        • Sample - Opening Letter to Parents (61)
        • Sample - Parent Handbook (62)
        • Sample - Attendance Record (67)
        • Sample - Letter on Mass Attendance (68)
      3. How to be the Best Catechist (PDF)
        • Aim of Catechesis (70)
        • How to Be the Best Catechist (71)
        • Divine Pedagogy (73)
        • Faith and faith (74)
        • Signs of Conversion (75)
        • Helping Your Students Become Witnesses (77)
        • Scripture, Catechism and the Liturgical Year (79)
        • Catechist Toolbox (80)
        • In the Heart and Mind of the Church (82)
        • Insertion Into the Mystery (83)
          1. Sacred Scripture and Catechesis (84)
          2. Liturgy/Sacraments and Catechesis (85)
          3. Systematic Catechesis and Testimony (86)
        • Classroom Management (87)
        • Lesson Planning (90)
        • Lesson Planning Worksheet Weekly/Daily Lesson (95)
        • Lesson Planning Worksheet Year Sketch (97)
        • Rule for Effective Discipline (98)
        • Learning Styles (101)
        • Catechesis for Those With Special Needs ((102))
        • Catechizing Children with Disabilities - Some Implications (106)
        • Teaching Prayer and Prayers (111)
        • What Do I Do Now? Ideas for Class (112)
        • Sacraments Chart (115) 

    Sacramental Preparation Documents
    1. Baptism Preparation Handbook (not available yet; resources available on the Sacramental Preparation page)
    2. First Reconciliation Documents
    3. Confirmation Documents
    4. First Eucharist Documents