Teacher: Julia Williams
Within the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, Bishop Joseph Latino requests that students be confirmed as juniors or seniors in high school. Prior to that age, students should be receiving religious education either through their parish Sunday School program or an area Catholic school.
This year, the 7th through pre-confirmation Sunday School class will be studying YOUCAT, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What’s more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper. It explains:
• What Catholics believe and why (doctrine)
• How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments)
• How Catholics are to live (moral life)
• How they should pray (prayer and spirituality)
The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YOUCAT will likely become the “go-to” place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith.
“Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of your time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith.” Pope Benedict XVI
To learn more about YOUCAT, visit the YOUCAT website.