Resources for Catechists

Diocesan Day for Catechists

 

Join us each year for a day of thanksgiving, prayer, fellowship and formation, at Portsmouth Cathedral.

This is a day when we give thanks for all catechists in the diocese, who have generously responded to the call of Christ and have placed themselves at the service of their parish. 

The highlight of the day is the celebration of Mass, offered in the Cathedral for all catechists and for all who contribute to Children's Liturgy in the diocese. 

This day for catechists is also a great source of support and strength, as we meet catechists from all corners of the diocese, share with them our joys and struggle, and take time to pray together. 

We hope to resume our annual day for Catechists in 2022. 

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Essential Training for Catechists

OurTeam offers 5 sessions of essential training for all parish catechists: ‘We are all Witnesses’

This training is for seasoned or new catechists working with children, young people or adults, for everyone involved in Children’s liturgy of the Word, and for anyone interested in passing on the faith.

The 5 sessions are run over 5 weeks.

The sessions cover:

 
1. What is catechesis?

An introduction to the ministry of catechesis


2. Proclaiming the Good News:

Jesus Christ at the heart of catechesis


3. The Faith of the Church:

Discovering the sources of our faith


4. The Word of God:

Opening the treasure of Scriptures


5. Methods and Resources:

a joyful work of charity 


A diocesan certificate is awarded upon completion of the 5 sessions.

The next Essential Training is starting on Monday 19th April at 7.00pm and for the next four Mondays. Register here. 

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Directory for Catechesis

 

The new Directory for Catechesis was presented by the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization on the 25th June 2020. It's a valuable guide for all catechists, given to us by the Church, which highlights how catechesis is part of the Church's mission of Evangelisation, and that it is kerygmatic by nature.  

Watch Sr Carino and Sr Lucy below, as they introduce the main themes of this new Directory for Catechesis.

     I. Catechesis in the Church’s Mission of Evangelisation

Chapter 1: Revelation and Its Transmission
Chapter 2: The Identity of Catechesis
Chapter 3: The Catechist
Chapter 4: The Formation of Catechists

II. The Process of Catechesis

Chapter 5: The Pedagogy of the Faith
Chapter 6: The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Chapter 7: Methodology in Catechesis
Chapter 8: Catechesis in the Lives of Persons

III.Catechesis in the Particular Churches

Chapter 9: The Christian Community as Participant in Catechesis
Chapter 10: Catechesis in the Face of Contemporary Cultural Scenarios
Chapter 11: Catechesis at the Service of the Inculturation of the Faith
Chapter 12: The Organisms at the Service of Catechesis

Contact us for Help

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Sr Catherine

First Holy Communion

Sr Catherine is the leader of our First Holy Communion Team, made up of passionate catechists: Jo, Angela, Lily and Mary. Together, they have volunteered to help First Holy Communion catechists in the diocese. 

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Vicki Munday

Journey in Faith / RCIA

Vicki is a RCIA catechist in the parish of St Edmund and St Joseph, Southampton. Together with Nick and Lynne, they form the RCIA team and have volunteered to help RCIA catechists in the diocese. 

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Angela Wood

Catechesis for Parents

Angela is a mother of four, and a passionate catechist in Southampton's Holy Family parish. She has offered faith formation to parents of children preparing for the sacraments for many years, and helps others to do the same.

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Tina Quinn

Baptism

Tina has been helping parents prepare for the baptism of their child for many years in St Edmund and St Joseph Parish, Southampton. She is offering help to those who seek help in this catechetical ministry. 

I want to make my Home in You - First Holy Communion

 

In 2018, Redemptorist Publications published a new resource for the preparation of children to First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, called 'I want to make my Home in You.'

 This resource is more of a journey in faith than a programme. Its primary purpose is to awaken and nourish the children's faith and invite them to encounter Jesus through Scripture and Prayer, so as to desire to receive Him in the Sacraments. You can discover more about this new resource by watching the videos below. 

For more details, and how to adapt this resource for your needs, or use it online, contact Sr Catherine

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'The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.'

St. John Paul II