Adolescent Catechesis

The Diocese of Buffalo is pleased to provide to parishes and Catholic high schools current Curriculum Guidelines for Adolescent Catechesis.  Closely aligned with Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework of the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age (USCCB, 2008) and the Adaptation of the Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework of the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age (USCCB, 2010), this document replaces all previous versions of the Curriculum Guides for Adolescent Catechesis of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Please review each of the documents provided below - simply click on the title to download.  They are a resource for the implementation of a comprehensive and systemic approach to adolescent catechesis.  Please contact us should you have any questions or need assistance with session development, catechist training, or anything related to adolescent faith formation.

Please note that the curriculum for Confirmation preparation is separate.  Please review our standard using this link.

Lenten Resource Guide 2020

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  Please refer to Reach Out WNY for a variety of educational resources for parents, teens, and adults on recognizing relationship abuse.  This video may be a useful tip to begin the conversation with your teens.

 The Curriculum Guidelines for Adolescent Catechesis by Topic

CORE Curriculum

 I.  Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ
II.  Jesus and the New Testament
III. The Mission of Christ and the Church
IV. Sacraments and Prayer
V.  Morality

Elective Topics

VI.   Sacred Scripture
VII.  Church History
VIII. Christian Lifestyles
IX.   Catholic Social Teaching
X.    Ecumenism & Interreligious Issues 

Curriculum guidlines are in alignment with the USCCB's Adapted Adolescent Curriculum Framework for Parish and Youth Ministry Programs.

Additional Curriculum Connections

Service Immersion Resource Guide

Webinar by Tom East:  The Start of Something Big - Preparing Youth for Confirmation