Jim Thorpe Regional Whole Community Catechesis

Serving the parishes of St. Joseph and Immaculate Conception

An Introduction to Whole Community Catechesis

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian Life.”(Lumen Gentium) Whole Community Catechesis (WCC) connects what happens at Sunday Mass to what happens in all other areas of parish life-formation, community, home, school and mission.  It takes many of its ideas from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and its directives from the General Directory of Catechesis.  It invites all members of the Parish Community to participate.

The two major components of WCC are the Intergenerational Gatherings and the classroom component.  The Intergenerational Gatherings are open to the whole parish young and old alike, and they cover different topics.  Participants pre-register for the gatherings and pay a fee to cover the costs.  The gatherings include a meal or snack, a teaching, and an activity.  The gathering will last approximately 2-3 hours and in order to get credit for the gathering the family must attend the whole gathering.  Three gatherings are required per year.  Seven to ten gatherings will be offered during the year. Children may not attend alone, for this is a family activity.

The classroom program follows a level system based on the religious education semesters the students have completed, which is comparable to grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.

WCC Coordinator: Mrs. Kathleen Merkel