2013-14 CATECHIST HANDBOOK
Have you ever considered
becoming a catechist? Maybe you're
thinking, "Oh, not me!" The common sentiment that runs through the
stories of so many catechists is amazement at what they received in the
course of working in our Religious Education Program. Following are
comments from recent surveys of our catechists:
- "The kids give so
much. They are enthusiastic, inquisitive and loving. They recharge me
and my ministry."
- "It was my first
experience teaching a class. It gave me an outlook and experience that
will be helpful as I prepare to become a teacher."
- "It is an
incredible feeling to work with the children and see them grow!"
- "God calls all of
us; we must answer some of the calls. We all can make a difference.
Kids and parents are thankful."
- "I enjoyed seeing
how the different volunteers work together."
- "I was able to
revisit some of the things that I have not looked at since college."
- "This was a very
nice group of kids to teach. My assistant was very helpful."
- "I love listening
to the kids' ideas."
- "I love teaching
the class and having the children enjoy coming to RE, as I believe
- "I grew with the
children. As they learned, so did I. It was a spiritual growth."
- A common thread in most
catechists' stories: "I received so much more than I ever
Maybe this is the year for
you to become involved in this very important and rewarding ministry!
If you have no
experience and are unsure about teaching by yourself, we may be able
to team you up with an experienced
catechist. Catechists on each
grade-level meet to discuss lesson plans and share ideas. A core catechist
for each grade is available to lend assistance. You also can attend a
comprehensive "Getting Started" workshop provided by the Archdiocese Office
for Catechesis. Explore the possibility by contacting Kevin Cody by
phone or email (see top of page).
Week #2, 2018
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At-Home Catechist parent newsletters give you information you
can use to fulfill your role in handing on the faith and practicing it
in your home. These easy-to-read newsletters contain age-relevant
topics, happenings and reminders of events within the program and
parish. The links below are in reverse
chronological order, so the most recent one is at the top:
Daily video reflections on Scripture passages from Loyola Press
Carmelite Spiritual Center
Ongoing retreats and workshops in nearby Darien
Good News Reflection
Reflections on daily readings
Pray as You Go
Daily prayer for your MP3 player; spirituality for people on the
The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
Video: Bishop Robert Barron explains what we mean by Real
Fr. Mike’s Prayer Tips
Video: Fr. Mike Schmitz suggests being more intentional
in our prayer lives and asking when, where, what and why should
Family Life, Relationships
Faith & Family Living
A blog for families and moms
For Your Marriage
Daily marriage tips
At Home with Our Faith
A blog to nurture family spirituality
Newsletters for Parents
Practical advice on character, prayer, love, bully-proofing, etc.
Catholic Wedding Help
A step-by-step guide to planning your Catholic wedding
Bringing Children to Mass
Short video: a dad gives tips on how to prepare and bring
children to Mass
Word on Fire
Listen to Fr. Robert Barron's weekly sermons, lectures,
Catholic programming: news, programs, concerts, etc.
Views, blogs, and e-cards inspired by St. Francis of Assisi
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Referenced in student textbooks
Online faith formation and religious education
Young Adults & Teens
Online magazine for young adult spiritual seekers
Sacraments 101: Baptism
Video: Why we baptize
Sacraments 101: The Eucharist
Video: How we receive the Eucharist
Sacraments 101: Confirmation
Video: Why we're confirmed
Online community for Catholic teenagers
Why Be Catholic?
Short article differentiates Catholicism from other