“The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ.” (General Directory for Catechesis, 80)
“Catechesis is an education of children, young people and adults in the faith, which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. It cannot be dissociated from the Church’s pastoral and missionary activity as a whole.
Catechesis is built on a certain number of elements of the Church’s pastoral mission that have a catechetical aspect, that prepare for catechesis, or that spring from it. These elements are: the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching through the kerygma to arouse faith, apologetics or examination of the reasons for belief, experience of Christian living, celebration of the sacraments, integration into the ecclesial community, and apostolic and missionary witness.” [From Catechesis in Our Time by Pope St John Paul, paragraph 18]