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.

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

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Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

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  • 9 September 2017
    Practical Skills for Catechists- Hayes
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Botwell Lane, Hayes UB3 2AB (Parish Centre behind the church)

    Title: Practical Skills for Catechists
    Description:This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering:
    • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC)
    • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Planning a session
    • Practical ideas on sharing scripture and prayer
    • Help catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes

    Date:9th September 2017
    Time:10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue:The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Botwell Lane, Hayes UB3 2AB
    (Parish Centre behind the church)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 11 September 2017
    Reflecting on the Eucharist- Edmonton
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN

    Title:Reflecting on the Eucharist
    Description:Reflecting on the Eucharist – a single 90 minute session with the opportunity of further development if desired
    This session aims to
    • develop the catechist’s knowledge and understanding of the sacrament of the Eucharist
    • theologically
    • scripturally
    • historically
    so that they may share that knowledge and understanding with those they catechise

    Date:11th September 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN
    (Parish Centre in Croyland Road – left of church)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 13 September 2017
    Practical Skills - Planning- Ruislip South
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:447 Victoria Road, South Ruislip, HA4 8NN (Parish Centre to right of church)

    Title:Practical skills - Planning
    Description:This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering:
    • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC)
    • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Planning and preparation

    Date:13th September 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm (1 session)
    Venue:447 Victoria Road, South Ruislip, HA4 8NN
    (Parish Centre to right of church)
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    Participants must pre-register at least a month in advance of the event. Thank you for your interest in this session.
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

  • 16 September 2017
    An Introduction to Catechesis- Cricklewood
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Agnes, 35 Cricklewood Lane, Cricklewood, NW2 1HR

    Title:An Introduction to Catechesis
    Description: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:16th September 2017
    Time:10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue:St Agnes, 35 Cricklewood Lane, Cricklewood, NW2 1HR
    (Parish Centre behind church – access in Gillingham Road, left of church)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 19 September 2017
    I Call You Friends- Tottenham
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:St Frances de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG

    Title: I Call You Friends- Tottenham
    Description:
    • to understand the importance of parish R.E. for children who are not attending Catholic schools
    • to become aware of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory
    • to consider how to teach children of different ages
    • to become familiar with the programme I Call You Friends

    Date:19th September 2017
    Time:7:00-8:30pm
    Venue:St Frances de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG
    (Parish centre behind church)
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    Participants must pre-register at least a month in advance of the event. Thank you for your interest in this session.
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

  • 20 September 2017
    Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction- Potters Bar
    Time:8:00pm - 9:30pm
    Venue:Our Lady & St Vincent, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 1EG

    Title:Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction- Potters Bar
    Description:
    This session helps the catechist
    • to have an understanding of the themes of the First Communion programmes – which teach us about the Mass and about the real presence of Jesus in the assembly, in the Word, in the priest who presides and in the bread and wine
    • to share that understanding with the children.
    • to consider methods and resources.

    Date:20th September 2017
    Time:8:00-9:30pm
    Venue:Our Lady & St Vincent, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 1EG
    Click here to book Online

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

  • 23 September 2017
    Practical Skills- Wembley Park
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW

    Title:Practical Skills- Wembley Park
    Description:
    This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering:
    • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC)
    • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Planning a session
    • Practical ideas on sharing scripture and prayer
    • Helping catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes

    Date:23rd September 2017
    Time:10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue:English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 2 October 2017
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- Edmonton (2 Session Course)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN

    Title:Liturgy of the Word with Children- Edmonton

    Description:This two session course looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children
    and considers variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using new ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory
    for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.

    Date:2nd October & 9th October 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN
    (Parish Centre in Croyland Road – left of church)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 4 October 2017
    Preparing Parents for the Baptism of their Children- Yeading (2 Session Course)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St Raphael, St Raphael’s House, Morrison Road, Yeading, UB4 9JP

    Title:Preparing Parents for the Baptism of their Children- Yeading
    Description:
    This two session course considers
    • How catechists prepare parents for the baptism of their infants.
    • How we help parents to understand what they are asking for.
    • The course includes the history of baptism from the early days of Christianity and a walk through the Rite of Baptism – explaining all the signs and symbols used.

    Date:4th & 11th October 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue:St Raphael, St Raphael’s House, Morrison Road, Yeading, UB4 9JP

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 7 October 2017
    Using Scripture with Children- Finchley East
    Time:10:00am - 12:00pm
    Venue:St Mary, 279 High Road, Finchley East, N2 8HG

    Year of Mercy

    Title:Using Scripture with Children
    Course Description
    This session will offer to catechists the opportunity to
    • Know and understand the structure of the Bible
    • look at the cycle of the Church’s year and the Lectionary
    • consider how best to use scripture in our catechetical programmes
    • look at some practical ideas on opening scripture to children

    Date:7th October 2017
    Time: 10:00 am-12:00 noon
    Venue:St Mary, 279 High Road,Finchley East, N2 8HG

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 9 October 2017
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- Edmonton (2 Session Course)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN

    Title:Liturgy of the Word with Children- Edmonton

    Description:This Two session course looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children
    and considers variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using new ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory
    for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.

    Date:2nd October & 9th October 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue:The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Road, Edmonton, N9 7EN
    (Parish Centre in Croyland Road – left of church)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 11 October 2017
    Preparing Parents for the Baptism of their Children- Yeading (2 Session Course)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St Raphael, St Raphael’s House, Morrison Road, Yeading, UB4 9JP

    Title:Preparing Parents for the Baptism of their Children- Yeading
    Description:
    This two session course considers
    • How catechists prepare parents for the baptism of their infants.
    • How we help parents to understand what they are asking for.
    • The course includes the history of baptism from the early days of Christianity and a walk through the Rite of Baptism – explaining all the signs and symbols used.

    Date:4th & 11th October 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00pm
    Venue:St Raphael, St Raphael’s House, Morrison Road, Yeading, UB4 9JP

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 30 October 2017
    Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – an Introduction-Sudbury (2 Part Session)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE

    Title:Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – an Introduction (2 Part Session)
    Description:
    This two session course considers how catechists work with teenagers to prepare them to be confirmed, looking at
    • A short history of the sacrament
    • The guidelines the Church gives us
    • What should be included in the programme
    • Consideration of methods and resources

    Date:30th October 2017, 6th November 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00pm
    Venue:St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 6 November 2017
    Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – an Introduction-Sudbury (2 Part Session)
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE

    Title:Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – an Introduction-Sudbury (2 Part Session)
    Description:
    This two session course considers how catechists work with teenagers to prepare them to be confirmed, looking at
    • A short history of the sacrament
    • The guidelines the Church gives us
    • What should be included in the programme
    • Consideration of methods and resources
    Date:30th October 2017, 6th November 2017
    Time:7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue:St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE
    Click here to book Online

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

  • 18 November 2017
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- Kensington
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of Victories, 16 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8 6AF

    Title: Liturgy of the Word with Children- Kensington
    Description:
    This session looks at the Bishops’ Conference Guidelines for Liturgy of The Word with Children and considers
    variety of ways to share Scripture with children, using new ideas and resources in keeping with the Directory for Masses with Children and the Guidelines of the Bishops’ Conference.

    Date:18th November 2017
    Time:10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue:Our Lady of Victories, 16 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8 6AF
    (Parish Centre entrance just beyond the Presbytery)

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 27 November 2017
    A Look at the Sacrament Of Reconciliation- Kenton
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL

    Year of Mercy

    Title: A Look at the Sacrament Of Reconciliation- Kenton
    Date: 25th September 2017
    Time: 7.30-9:00pm
    Venue: All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL
    Course Description
    This session is suitable for all catechists and aims to help the catechist
    • to understand the sacrament at their level and reflect on their own experience
    • It includes a brief history of the Sacrament of Reconciliation;
    • And aims to help them to share their understanding with those they catechise.

    Click here to book Online

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

  • 17 February 2018
    Rite of Election and Affirmation 2018
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, Westminster, London SW1P, UK

    Rite of Election and Affirmation 2018
    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 17th February 2018- The following Deaneries will attend:
    Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

    Sunday 18th February 2018 - These Deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

    Westminster Cathedral

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

  • 18 February 2018
    Rite of Election and Affirmation 2018
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, Westminster, London SW1P, UK

    Rite of Election and Affirmation 2018
    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:
    Sunday 18th February 2018 - These Deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

    Westminster Cathedral

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

  • 12 May 2018
    Mass for New Catholics 2018
    Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, Westminster, London SW1P, UK

    MASS FOR NEW CATHOLICS 2018
    Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm Saturday 12th May 2018
    All received into the Church at Easter, their families & friends, their catechists & priests are welcome to attend.
    Westminster Cathedral
    All are Welcome to attend the Mass for New Catholics.
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

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).