Growing in Faith

Faith Development

Training for Parish Catechists

THY KINGDOM COMEThe 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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  • 10 June 2017
    Practical Skills for Catechists- Hampstead
    Time:10:30am - 12:00pm
    Venue:St Mary, 4 Holly Place, Hampstead, NW3 6QU

    Proclaim Westminster

    Title: Practical Skills for Catechists
    Date: 10th June 2017
    Time: 10.30-12:00noon
    Venue: St Mary, 4 Holly Place, Hampstead, NW3 6QU

    Course Description:
    This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering:
    • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Practical ideas on sharing scripture and prayer
    • Ways to help catechists maintain their enthusiasm
    • Help catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
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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

  • 24 June 2017
    Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction- Letchworth
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Hugh of Lincoln, 84 Pixmore Way, Letchworth, SG6 3TP

    Year of Mercy

    Title: Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction- Letchworth
    Date: 24th June 2017
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: St Hugh of Lincoln, 84 Pixmore Way, Letchworth, SG6 3TP
    Course Description
    This two session course 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.

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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

  • 28 June 2017
    The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)- Kensal New Town
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ (Parish Hall in Bosworth Rd)

    Year of Mercy

    Title: The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)- Kensal New Town
    Date: 28th June 2017
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ
    (Parish Hall in Bosworth Rd)
    Course Description
    This 2 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.

    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

  • 5 July 2017
    The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)- Kensal New Town
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ (Parish Hall in Bosworth Rd)

    Year of Mercy

    Title: The Liturgy of the Word with Children (2 sessions)- Kensal New Town
    Date: 5th July 2017
    Time: 7:30-9:00 pm
    Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ
    (Parish Hall in Bosworth Rd)
    Course Description
    This 2 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.

    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

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

    Summer Conference for Catechists

    The day will be led by Sr Judith Russi SSMN, who has worked for many years in all fields of Catholic education, teaching, leadership, advisory, Section 48 inspection and teachers' professional development. Her experience of working with children and young people is vast and varied. She is the author of a variety of religious education books at primary, secondary and sixth-form levels. As a passionate national speaker and curriculum developer she will, I am sure, lead and guide us in a fruitful day.

    The Conference takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 10am - 4pm
    at Sacred Heart High School, 212 Hammersmith Rd, London W6 7DG, (Entrance in Bute Gardens – first left turn after main doorway)

    The cost of the day is £10 per person to be paid by Cheque before the event,
    Payable to “WRCDT”.
    Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee provided.

    Kindly Mail your Cheque to:

    Warren Brown
    Agency for Evangelisation
    Vaughan House
    46 Francis Street
    London
    Victoria
    SW1P 1QN

  • 25 September 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.

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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

  • 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

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).