The catechist, as a representative of the Church, is a living sacrament of the presence of Christ. This living witness to the Good News of God is in many ways both the teacher and the lesson. The Curriculum is the next essential element in this lineage. The curriculum stands as a stable statement of the important issues which should be addressed, and in what order their presentation makes the most sense.
Present the authentic message of Christ and his Church, adapted to the capacity of the learners and in language that can be understood by them.
Be faithful to the Sacred Scripture.
Highlight the essential truths of the faith, giving proper emphasis to particular truths in accord with their importance within the hierarchy of truths.
Be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Be approved by the local Bishop.
Give to those who use them a better knowledge of the mysteries of Christ.
Promote a true conversion to Jesus Christ.
Inspire and encourage those who use them to live the Christian life more faithfully.
Be culturally appropriate and reflect the real-life situations of those who use them.
Promote charity, appreciation, and respect for persons of all racial, ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds.
Present other ecclesial communities and religions accurately.
Employ a variety of sound catechetical methodologies based on the results of responsible catechetical research.
Include appropriate examples of Christian prayer and opportunities for liturgical experiences and incorporate the use of Sacred Scripture as a text for study along with other catechetical textbooks.
Offer short passages of Sacred Scripture that can easily be learned by heart.
Contain opportunities to review and measure progress in learning.
Be visually attractive, engage the students, and incorporate a variety of examples of Christian art.
Include graphics that represent the various regional, cultural, economic, and religious characteristics of the people who will be using them.
Engage the intellect, emotion, imagination, and creativity of the students.
— National Catechetical Directory, Section 68, A