Our United States Conference of Bishops in the National Directory of Catechesis state:
In order to present the Catholic faith in its fullness and in a way attractive to each group,
those who catechize need preparation and ongoing formation. Catechist formation programs must ensure that catechists receive assistance in developing their knowledge of the faith and the Gospel message
In our Diocese, all catechists are to complete 5 hours of Catholic formation/theological education annually.
These 5 hours must have a minimum of 3 hours in one of these prescribed theological topics:
Introduction to Theology
Catechist as Minister
Prayer and Spirituality
Liturgy and Sacraments
Creed and Church
Vatican II and Social Justice
Certificates will be issued only for completing the 3-hour theological topic
and will be noted on the certificate.
Each catechist should maintain their own Catechist Formation Record
and submit it to the parish catechetical leader annually
How will you Grow this Year as a Catechist? is an article challenging us to grow in ministry.
Wednesday, March 7th from 4 to 5 pm Lead Us to the Water & Discover the Power of Liturgy
Liturgy has the power to transform us. In liturgy, personal faith experience is celebrated communally, nourishing us to live the Gospel as disciples of Christ. Tom Kendzia presents liturgical catechesis as the heart of faith formation, as it challenges us to live the message of Jesus. Join us for this opportunity to discover the power of ritual in the life of the baptized.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM Session 2: Preparing the Soil for a Plentiful Harvest For effective formation and catechesis for young people, we need to build partnerships with those who love our young people and families to better share the treasures of our Catholic faith. Join the conversation to identify principles, strategies, and methods that build effective partnerships with teens and parents in the parish and school community. When the soil of partnerships has been well tended, faith and discipleship grow and bear an abundant harvest. Register here.
Tuesday, April 17th at 3-4 pm How to Form Saints, Not Just College Applicants
The pressure to become a successful college applicant affects the lives of young people earlier than ever before. Parents start worrying about college and success for their kids are even born. Schools feel the demands to prepare their students as competitive candidates with high test scores and all the right courses. Parishes are often left to compete with everything else going on in the lives of young people and their families.
This webinar will offer a brief diagnosis of the negative effects of the "college prep culture" on young people, then propose four ways to intentionally cultivate the characteristics of a saint. Far from a "one size fits all" program, the proposals shared in this presentation will give concrete ideas for families, schools, and parishes, and invite further missionary creativity from parents, catechists, and pastoral leaders.
Tuesday, April 24th rom 3 -4 pm Forming Followers, Not Fans: How to Help Young People Meet Jes
There are two essential questions young people ask during their faith formation:1. Who is Jesus?
2. How can I get to know him for myself? Short of giving them a two hour lecture, what can we do to engage young people in practical, inspirational, and innovative ways that help them discover the answers to those questions and in the process actually form a relationship with the Lord? The answer is quite simple: teach them to pray, help them dive into Scripture, lead them to the Sacraments, and give them opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus. When we help them do these things (pray, read, receive, and serve), then Jesus becomes far more than a fairytale figure or concept in a textbook. He becomes someone with whom they can have a real, personal, and authentic relationship.
Sunday, May 01, 2018 at 2:00 PM Session 3: Moving from Dreaming to Doing:Creating a Roadmap for Effective Adolescent Catechesis Join us in this webinar to discuss how to make a practical plan for transforming adolescent catechesis. As part of this, we will look at how to:
• engage your community to create spaces and moments for welcome, conversation, and conversion
• tap into existing structures to be a launch pad for change
• make small changes in our Confirmation preparation ministries that can have a big impact on young people
• create a concrete blueprint that is do-able and timely. Register here.
Additional Webinars that can be viewed at any time
The State of Maturing Adult Faith Formation in Our Church Today This webinar highlights the spiritual needs of adults as they age.
All are Welcome: Catechesis and Special Needs We know the Gospel message is for everybody, but how can we make it more accessible for children and teens with special needs? Discover what our Church teaches about inclusion of persons with disabilities and learn basic skills that catechists and catechetical leaders can use to ensure that everyone can encounter Christ in our Church
Behavior Management in the Catechetical Setting Dr. Joseph White, Catechetical Leader and Psychologist sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor shares tips on maintaining positive behavior in a religious education environment.
Making Lent: Simple, But Not Easy This webinar offers suggestions for the three traditions of Lent: praying, fasting and almsgiving.
Going, Going, Gone the Disaffiliation of Young Catholics. Saint Mary’s Press recently conducted extensive research with young Catholics who have left the church. This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, vocational discernment, and pastoral ministry. And we will also propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community. View here.
Adolescent Catechesis and Missionary Discipleship
During a speech in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, Pope Francis called upon young people to go out and make a mess – Hagan Lío. Dr. Bob Rice and Miriam Hidalgo, primary authors of The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis, will provide insight on how to focus adolescent catechesis toward missionary discipleship and accompany others in the journey of faith, especially among a diversity of cultures today.
Living as Missionaries
The 2017 theme for Catechetical Sunday will be "Living as Missionary Disciples." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. These webinars are offered for us to grow in our role as missionaries.
By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Catechists and Evangelizers as Missionary Disciples
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership Executive Director Margaret Matijasevic and Catholic Apostolate Center Director Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. in conversation about catechists as Missionary Disciples
- Missionary Discipleship: Finding Your Emmaus
- Missionary Discipleship: Meeting Others on the Road- What to Do
- Missionary Discipleship: An Integrated Spiritual Life
- Missionary Discipleship: Catechesis Through Accompaniment
3-2-1 Go Dive into Online Religion Resources Sadlier Publishers representatives will walk you through their website for free catechetical resources.
Include Us! It's Easier than You Think! Best practices for including individuals with distillates and their families in the full life of the Church will be presented.
The Witness Webinar: Learning to tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives
Research shows that the single greatest difference between those who identify as Catholic and those as former-Catholics is "the belief that God is a personal being involved in the lives of people today." If we are to shape our whole lives as a Christian story, we must first learn how to recognize, craft, and share stories of grace about particular life experiences. This webinar focuses on seven principles for crafting stories of grace for teens, young adults, and older adults that allow us to speak of God's action in our lives persuasively and in real terms.
Open the Doors: Seven Approaches to Encounter Christ
In the spirit of this year's Catechetical Sunday theme "Open the Doors of Faith," Lee Nagel, Executive Director for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, will share the seven key elements in creating an environment that engages those present and facilitates an encounter with the Risen Christ.
These elements include:
1. Preparedness: Open Your Mind to What God is Offering; Then Stop, Look, and Listen
2. Balance: Ritual and Novelty, Comfort and Challenge, Safety and Risk
3. Prime the Pump, Make Connections, Engage the Senses, Activate Learning Styles
4. Seven-Minute Chunks with Catholic Service Announcements
5. Quiet Moments for Reflection
7. Go Forth Blessed
The Spiritual Formation of Catechists: 10 Simple Ways to Transform Volunteers into Witnesses
The General Directory for Catechesis outlines a variety of ways in which a catechist should be formed, but above all, it says, catechist formation "nourishes the spirituality of the catechist," so that his or her work is born out of a personal "witness of life" (GDC, 239).Jared Dees, creator of the popular website TheReligionTeacher.com, presents ten simple ways for ongoing spiritual formation of catechists.The purpose of these catechist formation ideas will be to transform catechists from well-meaning volunteers and generous parents into passionate witnesses of the Gospel.
To get the handouts
The Six Tasks of Catechesis ( Each webinar is one hour long)
Ongoing Catechist Formation
CELEBRATE: Celebrating the Journey of our Faith Learn how catechesis promotes a knowledge of the meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments. Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP looks at the many ways we, as catechists enable our learners to participate more fully, helping them experience the prayers, gestures, rituals, signs, and symbols that celebrate God's love and Christ's presence among us.
CHOOSE: The Call to Moral Living Learn how catechists promote moral formation in Jesus. Sister Maureen Sullivan, OP explains how moral formation includes the message of Jesus, the content of faith and implications for Christian life and the process of transformation and witness.
LEARN: Finding a Language That Gives Life Learn how catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith. Sister Maureen Sullivan helps us learn to accept an invitation to know God, answer the call to promote the knowledge of faith, and understand this as our conversion and commitment.
PRAY: The Background to All Our DaysLearn how catechesis teaches us how to pray with Jesus Christ. Sister Janet Schaeffler talks about the awesome responsibility we have as catechists a to help children/youth form a life of vibrant prayer and ever-developing relationship with God.
10 Ways That Technology Can Improve Your Religious Education Session Religious Education has yet to catch up with the ubiquitousness of technology. In this workshop, we will discuss the 10 ways media can enhance our Religious Education sessions—each one with a practical application that can be implemented today! In the end, we will see that technology/media is the real "New Evangelization."
Catechizing with Symbols, Rituals, and StoriesThe use of symbols and rituals for holidays and family events convey stories about who we are and what we cherish. Liturgical catechesis is an opportunity to connect family celebrations with the movement of the liturgical year. Make this connection as a way to strengthen and enhance catechetical plans and programs as well as to encourage families to participate on a more regular basis in worship.
Introduction to Theology
Mondays with Mary This site provides weekly teachings on Marian Theology by Tom Perna
Catechist as Minister
The Six Tasks of Catechesis_ by Joe Paprocki, Loyola Press
The Spirituality of the Catechist by Joe Paprocki, Loyola Press
An Introduction to the Catechist's Webinar by Joe Paprocki, Loyola Press
The Journey of Faith We begin our journey into the heart of the Catholic faith as pilgrims, exploring the reality of God, who He is, and how He expresses Himself to us in the most meaningful way imaginable.
Prayer and Spirituality
What is Prayer? Seeds and Flowering
This session will touch on basic ideas of prayer, and explore the seeds of prayer as they are given to us in the revelation of the Jewish people. From Abraham to Moses, from Prophets to Psalms, participants will be able to explore seminal events and forms of prayer that continue to influence our lives today. Exploring the roots of prayer and faith will help to deepen spiritual life, and the experience of prayer, for believers today.
Part 1: Prayer in General
Part 2: Abraham and Moses: Models of Prayer
Part 3: Prophets, and Psalms: Growth in Faith and Prayer
Five Basic Forms of Prayer
In this webinar, Stephen Binz will discuss Christian prayer in all its variety. He will describe how different forms of prayer arise from a relationship with God and the variety of ways of praying from the Scriptures. He will also discuss prayer postures and gestures as a way of teaching prayer to others.
Part 1: Our Natural Longing to Reach out to God
Part 2: Forms of Prayer
Part 3: Prayer Expressed in Thought, Word, and Gesture
Praying the Lord's Prayer
This presentation invites the participants to embark on an interior pilgrimage to prayerfully ponder the "most perfect of all prayers" against the backdrop of evangelization. Drawing upon Scripture and tradition, it considers the reflections and prayers of numerous saints, recent Popes, and various theologians and prominent Catholic figures. Through this webinar, listeners will embark on a pilgrimage to learn, love, and live the Lord's Prayer; explore the Lord's Prayer as nourishment for evangelization; and come to understand the life giving power of the Lord's Prayer.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part3 |
Prayer and PenanceFrom the Fall of humanity in the garden of Eden to the present day, the bible (Old and New Testament) and Church teaching/practice has seen a need for penitential acts, coupled with prayer, as an essential aspect of coming to live the redemption that the Lord effects and calls us to. This webinar will explain the biblical background, magisterial teaching, and traditional practices of Penance within the context of Prayer—an essential part of our Tradition often overlooked in affluent western societies.
Part 1: The Biblical Background
Part 2: Some Magisterial Teaching
Part 3: Examples in the Tradition
Eucharist and Adoration by Tom Ryan We are blessed to have 24 hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament here at Saint Bernadette Parish. Learn more about this prayer with this webinar.
Prayer: Turning the Ordinary into Extraordinary Grace by Loyola Institute for Ministry
Liturgy and Sacraments
Liturgical Catechesis is faith formation both for and from liturgical celebrations. It is how the Church prepares people to celebrate liturgy, and how people are led to reflect on a liturgical celebration after the experience (mystagogy). It is integral to preparation for reception of the sacraments, and essential for Catholics of all ages to an ongoing lived understanding of the experience of sacraments.
Reborn presents the foundation of the Church’s teaching on Baptism, with a step-by-step explanation of the rite itself, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition.
The Holy Spirit and the Life of Grace Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Spirit work in our lives and in the life of the Church? Why is it so important that we know and, more than that, love Him?
The Call to Moral Living Rediscover the morality expressed by Jesus
Visio Divina: seeing with the Eyes of Faith Ignite the imagination of your young disciples. Religious art provides an opportunity to see and hear the Word of God. This practice of praying with visual images is called Visio Divina or divine seeing. Dr. Barabara Sutton shares about the process of sacred seeing and how to facilitate the process of listening, seeing, contemplating, and praying with the Word.
The Bible Is the Bible more than just a collection of ancient writings, more than simply an important historical document to be appreciated but ultimately dismissed? Is it possible that God reveals His truth to us through "Sacred Scripture"? If so, what does that really mean for our faith?
Opening the Word is a program offering prayer and insights for the Sunday Scriptural lessons in Year C. Featuring a variety of experienced presenters, the 52 videos are designed to facilitate thought and discussion for personal faith formation.
Who is Jesus? No one who has ever lived has had a greater impact on the world than Jesus of Nazareth—and the question of Jesus’ identity is central to our faith.
Creed and Church
Why Do I need the Church? Though Jesus saves us as individuals, He calls us to live out our salvation as members of a communion of believers. But that can be hard if we don't understand what the Church is and what it is meant to be. Why does the Church assume to have any authority over what Catholics believe? How do we reconcile both the divinity and humanity %3THE EVER-PRESENT GOD with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ
Discerning God's Will This New Year, Part II Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 11 a.m.-noon, Eastern
Share with a friend:
- How do we go about discerning God's will?
- How can we identify God's will in our everyday lives?
- What does Scripture teach us about following God's will?
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, is an internationally acclaimed biblical scholar, TV personality and author.
www.Formed.org Offers a variety of resources for additional training in video, audio and books.