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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  • 25 January 2017
    An Introduction to Catechesis- Fulham (2 Sessions) 25 Jan, 1 Feb 2017
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St. Thomas of Canterbury, 60 Rylston Road, Fulham, SW6 7HW

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    Title:An Introduction to Catechesis- Fulham
    Two session course

    Description: This two session course offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of Catechesis.
    * What is Catechesis and how do you do it?
    * What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable?
    * What is the role of the Catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay Catechist?
    * The person of the Catechist- How do we grow in the vocation of being a Catechist?
    * Practical advice for preparing the learning environment.
    * Help Catechists understand the role of discipline.
    * Tools to help evaluate all Catechetical programmes.

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    Date:18, 25 January 2017
    Time:7:30-9:30pm
    Venue:St. Thomas of Canterbury, 60 Rylston Road, Fulham, SW6 7HW

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    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

  • 28 January 2017
    RCIA Seminar- Barnet
    Time:10:00am - 12:30pm
    Venue:Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HZ

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    RCIA Seminar- Barnet
    Date: 28th January 2017
    Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
    Location: Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HZ

    Kindly Email catadmin@rcdow.org.uk if you will be attending the RCIA Seminar.
    Thank you for your interest.

  • 1 February 2017
    An Introduction to Catechesis- Fulham
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St. Thomas of Canterbury, 60 Rylston Road, Fulham, SW6 7HW

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    Title:An Introduction to Catechesis- Fulham
    Description:This two session course offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of Catechesis.

    * What is Catechesis and how do you do it?
    * What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable?
    * What is the role of the Catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay Catechist?
    * The person of the Catechist- How do we grow in the vocation of being a Catechist?
    * Practical advice for preparing the learning environment.
    * Help Catechists understand the role of discipline.
    * Tools to help evaluate all Catechetical programmes.

    Date:25 January, 1 February 2017
    Time:7:30-9:30 pm
    Venue:St. Thomas of Canterbury, 60 Rylston Road, Fulham, SW6 7HW

    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

  • 11 February 2017
    RCIA Seminar- Vaughan House
    Time:10:00am - 12:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, Victoria, SW1P 1QN

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    RCIA Seminar- Vaughan House
    Date: 11th February 2017
    Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
    Location: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, Victoria, SW1P 1QN
    Kindly Email catadmin@rcdow.org.uk if you will be attending the RCIA Seminar.
    Thank you for your interest.

  • 20 February 2017
    The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)20, 27 Feb 2017
    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
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    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).