Catechist

                                     Thinking of Becoming a Catechist?

Welcome Faith Sharers to our catechist webpage. 
What is a Catechist?  A catechist is someone comminssioned by the parish to share their Faith experiences and traditions with our parish youth.  You do not have to have an advanced degree in theology to become a catechist. 
Here are some qualities that will help you thrive as a catechist. 

Qualities:

  • a desire to grow in and share the Catholic faith
  • an awareness of God’s grace and the desire to respond to that grace
  • a commitment to the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life and moral teachings
  • a strength of character built on patience, responsibility, confidence, and creativity
  • a generosity of spirit, respect for diversity, and a habit of hospitality and inclusion

Knowledge and Skills:

  • a basic understanding of Catholic teaching, Scripture, and Catholic Tradition
  • honest and caring relationships with the age group being served
  • effective teaching techniques and strategies

Most of all, catechists need a commitment to grow. We don’t have to be flawless in all of these areas, however, we need to recognize where we might be deficient and strive to enrich ourselves.
adapted from https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com.

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Welcome to St. Patrick's!!  Thank you for your consideration and interest in becoming a Catechist!!!

First, let's set up an appointment so that we can meet, share our catechist job description, and answer any questions you might have about our Faith Formation program.

Second, I will introduce you to our St. Patrick's staff, and give you a tour of our parish center. You will see our spacious dining hall, our class rooms, craft supply room, and library.  Our library is filled with great resources like:  videos, coloring pages, inspirational books, and posters.

Next, I would like to share the curriculum that you will use for your specific grade.   

Last but not least, in order to promote child saftey, I will walk you through the steps of fulfilling the Diocesan Safe Environment requirements.  All of our catechist and volunteers are required to be in compliance with the Grand Island Child Protection Policy.

I will also introduce you to some of our other catechist so that you can have mentors to help you. Less experienced individuals will be placed with those who are more experienced.

YOU NOW CAN START THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROCESS ON-LINE IF YOU WOULD LIKE.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING LINKS.

Again, thanks for your consideration!
Peace and Blessings,

Joan Falcon Director or Religious Education
 

If you are a new catechist, please click on the links below to start the volunteer safe environment process. 
To learn more about our parish Safe Environment requirements click here.
Please download, print out, fill out completely and bring to parish office. 
Must fill out the following background screening forms:

 

If you are a returning catechist or if you are a new catechist here are some great, helpful, links to help you offer your students a fun, faith-filled class!

 Thinking of becoming a catechist

http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/parish-ministry/planning/starting-the-new-catechetical-year?p=1

http://www.thereligionteacher.com/

http://amazingcatechists.com/

www.relevantcatechesis.com

https://outsidedabox.com/

http://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/sowing-seeds-faith

http://www.thereligionteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ten-tips-maintaining-discipline.pdf

For planning a lesson, here are some great resources!

http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Religious-Education-Session-Planning-Form.docx

http://go.sadlier.com/religion/january-lesson-preparation-planner