Author: Michael Amodei
Publisher: Ave Maria
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Catholic Essentials: An Overview of the Faith is a handbook of information, prayer, and practice about Jesus, the Holy Trinity, the Catholic Church, the Sacraments, and ways those who believe in Jesus live out their faith. Organized around the US Bishops’ high school curriculum framework, this book is an essential resource to accompany a full study of the Catholic faith.
Catholic Essentials provides an overview and synthesis of the six required courses and the elective options of a high school theology curriculum, making it the perfect companion for the students’ four years of high school. It also works as a primary text for an introductory or review course. It is well suited for use as the main catechetical resource in a parish youth ministry or religious education program, as it conforms to the new parish adaptation of the framework.
Features to enhance students’ knowledge of Jesus:
- Review Questions to help summarize each main section
- Write or Discuss prompts offer ways to reflect on material and apply it to the students’ lives
- Vocabulary terms are defined in the Glossary of Selected Terms
- Jesus: Friend and Savior feature includes practical applications for furthering study, including activities, questions and answers apologetic in nature, and a prayer.
Catholic Essentials comes in three cool and holy colors! Green—the color of creation and the renewal of life, Blue—Mary’s color, or Gold—the color of kings, Jesus Christ!
Michael Amodei is executive editor of adolescent catechesis at Ave Maria Press. He has authored and edited several books in the area of Catholic religious education. He has been a parish director of religious education, a youth minister, and high school theology teacher. For more than twenty years, Amodei has been a coordinator and catechist helping teens prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Amodei has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.