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“I’m looking forward to guiding you through your study of the entire Baltimore Catechism. I would strongly urge you to join the Catechism Crusade and to log weekly there the progress  of each of your children, as well as your own! From years of working with children, teenagers, and adults, I have found that it makes a great difference in one’s spiritual life or in one’s study of the faith, if one has weekly accountability. Without that, very few persevere in studying the faith well or in key aspects of their spiritual life. But with that accountability, and with the recognition and levels that are thereby attained at appropriate times, even those who are usually undisciplined can make great progress. Furthermore, by logging your progress weekly you will be encouraging other children and families throughout the world, because they will know that they are not alone in this effort. So as priest, I would ask for your help. Please help me to help your own children, and children from throughout the world, by logging weekly your progress in this Catechism Crusade.”

Fr. Anthony Pillari JCL, MCL, STB

for parents

FAQ

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is offered free of charge to all families and children, all over the world. The only cost will be your willingness to make the necessary sacrifices involved in learning the catechism, and in persevering throughout the course!

However, there are real costs involved in the production of the course. Therefore, if you would like to make a donation towards Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, we would be most grateful. More details can be found on our donate page.

Although the videos are created with children in mind, the course is for the whole family. Therefore, children of all ages- as well as parents!- are encouraged to participate in the course together, so that parents as primary educators may be equipped in catechising their children. Adults who wish to learn the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith, may also find the course beneficial. Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is designed to be truly a crusade of learning thoroughly the essentials of the Catholic Faith, so that ignorance of these saving truths might be vanquished.

The key teaching takes the form of 41 online videos; 3 introductory videos, 37 videos of lesson content and 1 closing video. The content for the 37 lessons follows the structure of the Baltimore Catechism, which has been covered in its entirety. Of the 421 questions and answers contained in the Baltimore Catechism, 404 questions and answers have been selected to be included in Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism.

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 provided in Baltimore Catechism 4. Each lesson finishes by introducing the children to the life of a Saint or another miracle from the history of the Catholic Church, such as a Eucharistic miracle.

The Baltimore Catechism is a catechism of Christian doctrine which was prepared and enjoined by order of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. From 1885, it was the standard catechism used in the teaching of the Catholic Faith throughout North America. It has since been used by Catholics throughout the world to catechise their children.

All children following Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism are strongly encouraged to take part in the Catechism Crusade. This involves committing to memory the answers to the questions taught in Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, based on the Baltimore Catechism.

We have provided supplementary Catechism Crusade activity packs for each lesson which we hope will provide activities for different ages and abilities, to be done individually or as a family, in order to support children and families in internalising and memorising these truths of the Catholic Faith.

In order to incentivise the Catechism Crusade and encourage the children to engage in memorising the Baltimore Catechism, there is a reward system for anyone who takes part in the course. Parents are encouraged to track their children’s progress and certificates will be rewarded when children reach a certain level of crusader for Christ.

You can learn in more detail about the contents of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, the Catechism Crusade, and the reward system from the Information pack provided.

The purpose of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is not to replace the catechetical formation provided by the pastor of a parish who, “by virtue of his function…is bound to take care of the catechetical formation of adults, youth, and children” (Can. 776), “…by offering catechetical instruction…[and who] is to have particular care for the Catholic education of children and youth”. (Can. 528 §1)

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism seeks to provide and make available the timeless, traditional teachings of the Catholic Faith as well as the example given by the lives of the Saints, in a way easily accessible to children, so that parents may be supported in their role as primary educators of their children. “Since they have given life to their children, parents have a most grave obligation and possess the right to educate them. Therefore, it is for Christian parents particularly to take care of the Christian education of their children according to the doctrine handed on by the Church.”(Can. 226 §2)

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About us

Fr. Anthony Pillari

JCL, MCL, STB

Fr. Anthony is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Plymouth, England, for which he is the Promoter of Justice. He holds degrees in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana; in sacred theology from L’Insitut Catholique of Toulouse, France and from L’Institut Saint Thomas d’Aquin; and in canon law from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada and from the University of Ottawa. He is currently studying for a doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He has been engaged in apostolates for children and young families for the past 20 years, including a variety of home-schooling apostolates. Fr. Pillari’s role in Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism includes writing, hosting, and overseeing the content of the course so that it conveys faithfully the truths of the Catholic Faith.

Lydia Keogh

Executive Producer

Lydia Keogh is from England and holds a first-class honours degree in philosophy and religious studies from The Open University, UK. Prior to overseeing the production and creation of Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, she worked in the charity sector as well as with children, families, and youth. She has been responsible for production and cinematography, creating all of the videos for the course, as well as supporting Fr. Pillari in the research, writing and editing of the course, including the creation of the content of the Catechism Crusade Activity Packs.

 

Voice of the Family

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism is brought to you by Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-life and pro-family organisations formed to promote Catholic teaching on the family. The following truths are particularly at the heart of Voice of the Family’s work:

• Marriage, the exclusive, life-long union of one man and one woman, is the foundation of a stable and flourishing society and is the greatest protector of children, born and unborn.

• The procreative and unitive ends of the conjugal act cannot licitly be separated; the rejection of this truth lies at the root of modern attacks on life and the family.

• Parents are the primary educators of their children and the protection of this right is essential for building a new “culture of life”.

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