Mary Birmingham
Breaking Open the Word
sessions are sold in monthly
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it for use within your own parish. You may
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Doctrinal Catechesis
are sold as
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Consult the Scope and Sequence
to select the doctrinal topics that
best connect to the week's
Sunday readings and whole
Click here to go to the Scope &

Then use the Connecting
provided by Mary
to link the Word with the
Breaking Open
the Word
. Mary
has written an
outstanding weekly
resource for this

About 30 minutes.
Click here to see a
sample. (1st Sunday of
Advent, Year A)
Doctrinal Catechesis
. Mary has written
a series of 40 lovely adult
learning sessions.
About 90 minutes each
Click here to see a sample.
The scope and sequence for
Faith, Life & Creed is
comprehensive and
All areas of Catholic
belief and lifestyle, Catholic ritual
and practice, are presented with
clarity and fidelity.

Go to the full scope & sequence
here.  See all the correlations.

It is completely correlated
  • The Catechism of the
    Catholic Church
  • The U.S. Catholic Catechism
    for Adults
  • Growing Faith

Use Growing Faith booklets
to support and expand the
Growing Faith presents
a summary of the entire
Catechism, in plain English or
Spanish, with an Imprimatur.
more about Growing Faith here.

Read the very important
overview of Faith, Life & Creed.
Click here to open it as a PDF.
Two-and-a-half steps

Step 1: Liturgy
Mary discovered the secret to holding in balance the complete coverage of doctrine and the varied, grace-filled lives of the candidates and catechumens is to use the
Sunday liturgy as the starting point. Faith, Life & Creed provides a Breaking Open the Word session for every Sunday of the year. Through these sessions, the catechist
reflects with the catechumens and candidates the doctrine of the church that flows from the celebration of the liturgy over the course of a complete liturgical year.

Half-step: Connection
Every celebration of the liturgy is an encounter with Christ. And every encounter with Christ stirs up questions of faith and belief within us. Faith, Life, & Creed
provides several examples of possible teachings that might respond to the questions raised in your session. And it provides a simple, clear connecting statement that ties
the experience of the catechumens and candidates directly to the teaching of the church. It couldn’t be simpler!

Step 2: Catechesis
Faith, Life, & Creed provides forty possible easy-to-use doctrinal sessions that flow naturally from the celebration of the liturgy and the liturgical year. Each session has
enough solid material for two hours of teaching. But what if your sessions are shorter than that? No problem. The material is easily adaptable to whatever length you
need. Each doctrinal session is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. And Faith, Life, & Creed provides helpful resource handouts—with complete copying
permission—for your catechumens and candidates.

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Four huge benefits for your RCIA process

1. Faith, Life, & Creed makes preparation a snap! Everything the busy catechist needs is included right in the material.

Faith, Life, & Creed is designed with conversion in mind. Catechists don’t have to struggle with having to do a lot of lecture-style teaching while never
quite getting to the faith-sharing, life-changing aspects of a gradual conversion process.

Faith, Life, & Creed is complete. And when we say complete, we mean complete! The resource is thoroughly researched and is based not just on the
Catechism of the Catholic Church but on all the foundational documents of the church—both liturgical and doctrinal. Your catechists never have to worry that they
might be missing something important.

Faith, Life, & Creed is completely field-tested.  This process has been put through the most important test possible—weekly use for three years in a parish
setting with catechists just like yours. And they’ve seen it work. The Faith, Life, & Creed methodology has transformed the lives of not only the catechumens and
candidates where it has been used, but also the lives of the catechists themselves. It just plain works!