As we begin the Year of Faith, announced by Pope Benedict XVI, the Diocese of Wheeling - Charleston is proud to introduce the Video Catechism for Teens. We believe in order to effectively reach this generation of teens with the richness and beauty of our Catholic faith, it must be done in new and relevant ways. It is estimated that a teenager consumes a staggering 10 hours and 45 minutes of media content each day. Of that content, 4 hours and 29 minutes is spent watching videos (whether on TV, Internet sites such as Hulu, YouTube, etc.)1
Our videos will be:
- Relevant: The videos will use cultural analogies, creativity, humor, and will always try to answer the question, "Why should a teenager care about this?"
- Focused on God's Love: The beginning of the Catechism states, "The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends." (CCC 25) Every doctrine is a new way in which God reveals His love for us. Our videos will strive to focus on that message.
- Driven by the Catechism of the Catholic Church: At the heart of each video will be a point (or points) articulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Since the language used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church wasn't written with the intent of communicating the faith to a teenage audience, key points may be paraphrased or re-worded in an effort to make it more understandable.
What it will include:
- Monthly Video
- Discussion Guide for Catechetical leaders, teachers, and youth ministers
- Family Discussion Guide
1 "Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18-year-olds" from the Kaiser Family Foundation Study, January 2010