Treasure the faith with Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism!
By Voice of the Family | 6 September 2023
The new academic year has just begun and it is the perfect opportunity to remind all our supporters about Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism. We very much encourage all families who have not completed it yet (or who would like to do it again!) to join this beautiful programme this academic year. Children, parents and all people learning about the Catholic faith, or rediscovering it, will find it helpful!
Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is an online video catechism course which provides children and their families with the unique opportunity to learn the timeless truths of the Catholic faith according to the classic Baltimore Catechism. The easily accessible lessons are presented by Fr Anthony Pillari JCL, MCL, STL with the view that all children commit the Catechism to memory, as generations of Catholics used to do, in order to really know and love our faith. By taking up this delightful challenge, we are invited to join the mission given by Our Lady at Fatima: to work for the salvation of souls by striving for holiness in our daily lives.
Click here to watch the trailer of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism.
We are greatly encouraged by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, who has most generously recommended the programme in the following words:
“A fundamental and most serious obligation of parents is the catechesis of their children, as the catechesis of children is also a principal obligation of pastors or parish priests. In the totally secularised culture in which we live today, parents and pastors face a difficult challenge in communicating the truths, goods and beauties of the Catholic Faith to children. Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism provides an inestimable help to parents, by responding to the maternal counsels of the Virgin Mother of God during her apparitions at Fatima in 1917 and by drawing upon the centuries-old wisdom of the Baltimore Catechism, with its roots in the incomparable Catechism of the Council of Trent. Father Anthony Pillari presents the questions and answers of the Catechism to children of today, in order that an ever fuller knowledge of the faith and an ever deeper love of Our Lord will lead to their strong witness to Christ in the world and finally to their eternal salvation. Of special merit is the consistent emphasis on memorisation, so that the saving truths of the faith may become ever more the key which opens up the meaning of life lived in Christ for children and young people. I highly recommend Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism to parents as an invaluable tool in fulfilling their irreplaceable duty to educate their children in the Faith, in prayer, devotion and Sacred Worship, as the highest and most perfect expression of the Faith, and in the daily witness of Faith through the life of the virtues. Finally, I express heartfelt gratitude to Voice of the Family for making possible this most wonderful gift for parents and their children.”
The key teaching of the programme takes the form of 41 online videos; 3 introductory videos, 37 videos of lesson content and a closing video. The content for the 37 lessons follows the structure of the Baltimore Catechism, which has been covered in its entirety.
Each video lesson begins with the prayer taught by Our Lady to the children of Fatima and a brief Bible story, normally taken from the Gospel. This is followed by presenting the questions and answers from Baltimore Catechism 1 and 2, drawing also on the teaching instructions provided in Baltimore Catechism 4. Each lesson finishes by introducing the children to the life of a saint or a particular miracle in the history of the Catholic Church, such as a Eucharistic miracle.
Click here to watch the trailer for parents.
The deep crisis in the Church and in the world today can only be overcome by a renewed commitment to our Catholic faith. Knowing the catechism well will lead us to truly live the faith and rebuild our Christian society. This programme has already proved a real asset to Catholic parents, called to be the primary educators of their children, especially in the most important area of education — forming their children in the faith.
Let us recall the words of St Pope Pius X, who said, in his encyclical on teaching Christian doctrine, Acerbo Nimis, in 1905:
“I know that … fierce wolves will get in among you, and will not spare the flock … We ought, therefore, to do all that lies in our power to maintain the teaching of Christian doctrine with full vigour, and where such is neglected, to restore it; for in the words of Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, ‘There is nothing more effective than catechetical instruction to spread the glory of God and to secure the salvation of souls …’.”
All children, younger and older, are encouraged to participate in the course. Adults, who may wish to learn the basic teachings of the Catholic faith, are also invited to follow the programme. This course is truly a crusade of learning thoroughly the essentials of the Catholic faith, drawing on the message of Our Blessed Mother and following the example of the three children at Fatima.
Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is offered completely free of charge to families and children all over the world. However, there are costs involved in the maintenance of the programme. Please click here to support this initiative. We are deeply grateful for whatever you can give. May God reward your generosity!
If you have already benefitted from the programme, please consider sharing it with other families and individuals who may appreciate it.
What greater gift there is than our Catholic faith? Sign up today!