No methodology, no matter how well tested, can dispense with the person of the catechist in every phase of the catechetical process. The charism given to him by the Spirit, a solid spirituality and transparent witness of life, constitutes the soul of every method." General Directory for Catechesis #156
Upcoming Catechist Meeting
Start of year catechist meeting
- Sunday Sep 9 9:00-11 am OR
- Monday Sep 10 6:30-8:30
NEW Catechist's Orientation
- Wed. Sep 5 7-8:30 PM OR
- Thurs. Sep 13 7-8:30 PM
We'll do the Safe Environment training and do a basic orientation on the program. This Safe Environment training is mandatory BEFORE anyone can work with the youth. Be sure to let us know which session you will be able to make or how we can arrange a makeup time.
Catechist meetings we have two sessions during the year to bring all the catechists together. The evening is divided into an inservice topic and grade level time. These are held in St. Ann's Hall from 7-8:30 PM
- Fall meeting--Tues. Oct 9
- Spring meeting--Tues. Jan 15
Catechist Formation Opportunities
Providing you, the catechists with the knowledge, skills, and background to be the best catechist possible is one of our primary goals in the religious education program. The US Catholic Conference has set a basic framework for formation of catechists which spells out the areas to be presented and the amount of training that should be provided. Basic Certification (Level I) consists of an introductory level that all catechists should strive to achieve within the first 3 years of ministry.
Upcoming Echoes Workshops
at Sts. Peter & Paul: 7-9PM Rm. 1 in the Parish Center
· This Summer:
Prayer & Spirituality Mon. & Wed July 15, 17, 22, & 24 7-9PM
Person of the Catechist Tues. July 30 & Aug 6
Liturgy & Sacraments Tues & Thurs Aug 13, 15, 20, & 22
The Learner Wed & Thurs Aug 28 & 29
at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Selma will be scheduled in the Fall. Contact Bill Smith to preregister and get the workbook.
On line self paced study-- My Catholic Faith Delivers This program offers a 33 part online formation option. The person works from their computer and upon completing the program attends a 6 hour session to offered at various locations within the Archdiocese. Talk with Bill Smith to find out more about this program.
We use the Echoes of Faith program for level I catechist formation and certification and My Catholic Faith Delivers online formation here at the parish
Echoes combines video presentations by some of the top people in the country in the various areas with a participants workbook and small group discussion to provide a wonderful balance between content and integration. This program consists of a total of 10 courses. Five 8 hour courses that focus on deepening the participants understanding of our faith (I Believe, We Believe; Liturgy & Sacraments; Catholic Morality; Prayer & Spirituality; and Introduction to the Scriptures) and five 5 hour courses that focus on deepening our understanding of the catechesis and the tools needed to be a more effective catechist ( Getting Started as a Catechist; The Person of the Catechist; The Role of th Catechist; The Learner, and Methods for various grade levels). These are offered on an ongoing cycle and are open to all.
Be sure to pick up a workbook before these classes, view the first session, and complete the assigned pages. The workbook needs to be picked up in advance.
Level II Catechist Workshops
- Liturgy beginning in Sep
- Sacraments beginning in Jan
- Church History beginning in May
Don't forget to register with findinggod.org as a catechist using the code in your manual for additional support and activities.
Have you joined the catechist's group at flocknotes to get weekly updates on what is happening?
Need to send in a Material Request for a coming class?
List your class section and the date needed. Please send these in at least by Tuesday of the week needed. Christine normally fills the requests and is not in every day. This allows time to pick up any needed supplies.