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:

Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

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

    Proclaim Westminster

    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
    Click here to book Online

  • 8 July 2017
    Catechetical Summer Conference- 8 July- Hammersmith
    Time:10:00am - 4:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith

    Summer Conference for Catechists

    Dear Catechists,
    I hope Lent is going well for you and your sacramental programmes are thriving.

    I just want to give you a date for your diary. We are holding a conference for all catechists towards the end of the summer term and are hoping to gather as many of you as possible to spend some time in reflecting on our ministry and inspiring us for the future.

    The event will take place on Saturday 8th July from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 8th July at Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith.

    We will be sending out fuller details very soon and inviting bookings.
    With best wishes for the remainder of Lent and for a joyful celebration of Easter,

    Mary Crowley
    Catechetical Adviser
    Agency for Evangelisation

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).