Growing in Faith

Faith Development

Training for Parish Catechists

The word "Catechesis" is rooted in the Greek verb katekhein, to resound or echo. St. Luke in Acts uses the verb as "instructing in the way of the Lord."  Catechesis is based on Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy, as well as on the teaching authority and life of the Church. Its purpose is to develop a living, explicit and active faith through the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. A systematic formation to become a catechist includes the study of the history, nature, goals, principles and process of catechesis.

Catechetics is interdisciplinary since it draws from other fields, such as theology, biblical studies and social sciences. Its main concern is a process of growth in the faith. Therefore, the purpose of catechetics is to instruct the individual in the teaching of the Bible and the Tradition of the Church.

This part of the website gives full details regarding the various opportunities on offer to every member of the diocese.

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External Training Courses

The diocese is working with external institutions to provide recognised training programmes for catechists and anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of the faith. For more information, please email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

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  • 27 February 2017
    The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions) 20, 27 Feb- Bow
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady Refuge of Sinners & St Catherine of Siena, 177 Bow Road, E3 2AD

    The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)
    Date: 20th & 27th February 2017
    Time: 7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue: Our Lady Refuge of Sinners & St Catherine of Siena, 177 Bow Road, E3 2AD

    Course Description
    This two session course
    • looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children
    • helps catechists to understand the principles of liturgy
    • considers a variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.
    • in order to provide the children with a Liturgy of the Word in their parishes

    Participants must pre-register in advance of the event. Thank you for your interest in this session.
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

  • 4 March 2017
    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2017
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral

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    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2017
    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 4th March 2017- The following deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea,
    Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

    Sunday 5th March 2017- These deaneries will attend:
    Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow,
    Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

    Mass for New Catholics
    Saturday 27th May 2017 – Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm

  • 5 March 2017
    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2017
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral

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    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2017
    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 4th March 2017- The following deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea,
    Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

    Sunday 5th March 2017- These deaneries will attend:
    Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow,
    Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

    Mass for New Catholics
    Saturday 27th May 2017 – Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm

  • 11 March 2017
    The Liturgy of the Word with Children-Holloway
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN

    Course Description
    This session
    • looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children
    • helps catechists to understand the principles of liturgy
    • considers a variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.
    • in order to provide the children with a Liturgy of the Word in their parishes

    Participants must pre-register in advance of the event. Thank you for your interest in this session.
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

  • 27 May 2017
    The Mass for New Catholics 2017
    Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral

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    The Mass for New Catholics 2017
    Venue: Westminster Cathedral, SW1P 1QW
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Date: Saturday 27 May 2017
    Click here to book Online
    Who can come to the celebration?
    New Catholics, their Godparents and Sponsors parish representatives (normally the Catechists, Parishioners and the Parish Priests) relatives and friends of the New Catholics
    ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MASS FOR NEW CATHOLICS
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Catechesis Summary
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"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ"

(GDC 80).