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Welcome to the website of our Diocesan Parish Catechetical Support Team. Here you will find information about the opportunities for catechetical formation offered by the Diocese as it strives to respond to the spiritual, pastoral, educational and catechetical needs of the people of Westminster.

We hope all of you will avail yourself of the resources, events and services provided by the Church in Westminster. These web pages are an important way in which the vibrancy of our Catholic faith makes itself manifest. May they serve to enrich you in the practice of your faith.


Learn From Me

'Learn From Me'

Maryvale Certificate Courses

Developed in partnership with the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, and in response to many conversations and requests within the Diocese, the ‘Learn From Me’ formation programme seeks to reach three specific groups in your parish.

This six-month part-time Catechesis, including Study Days with tutors from Maryvale at Vaughan House, as well as the pastoral support of the Marriage and Family Life team at the Agency for Evangelisation, is designed for those involved in the ministry of Marriage Preparation and for anyone with a desire to understand more of the Church’s beautiful teaching on marriage and the family.

Cost: £455 and £25 Registration Fee.

Information Evenings:

Tuesday 29th January 2019

The Most Precious Blood & St Edmund, 115 Hertford Rd, Edmonton N9 7EN, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Wednesday 30th January 2019

SS Alban and Stephen, 14 Beaconsfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RB, 7.30-9.00pm

Friday 31st January 2019

Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1W 1QN, 7.30-9.00pm

This Information Evening at Vaughan House will be the only one at which A Catechesis on Marriage and Family will be presented with the other two courses.

Launch and Study Day:

The Formation Programme will be launched on Saturday 9th March 2019 with a Mass in Westminster Cathedral Crypt at 11.00am celebrated by Bishop Nicholas Hudson.

At this Mass the participants on each course will be blessed and commissioned. You would be very welcome to join them for this important moment. Mass will be followed by lunch and the first Study Afternoon.

Application form:

Please submit application forms and payments directly to Maryvale Institute. The details are indicated on the form enclosed to this folder. Electronic versions of application pack will be available to download.

Certificate Courses Available:

Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry

Certificate in Catechesis

A Catechesis on Marriage and Family

For further information please contact: Ausra Cane at the Agency for Evangelisation

Phone: 020 7931 6078

"Come and learn about the ‘inexhaustible mystery of marriage and the family.’

Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia No, 31


Samuel Groups- Speak Lord Your Servant is Listening

Wondering what God is calling you to do with your life?

Samuel Groups are for single young adults (18-35), who feel they would benefit from having some direction as to what God is calling them to do with their lives. London Samuel Groups for 2017-18 will have their first meeting in November.

If you are interested in taking part in this group please email: Samuel Groups take their name from the story of the Prophet Samuel told in Chapter 3 of the First Book of Samuel in the Old Testament.

Samuel, still a young boy, hears a voice call him by name and thinks it is the voice of the priest Eli. At first Eli does not realize what is happening but when the call is repeated a number of times he recognizes that this is the voice of God. He tells Samuel that when he next hears the voice he should answer, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”

What commitment is involved? Participants take time to listen to God and to His Word speaking to their life. They commit to attending monthly meetings with the group, and to meeting individually with a spiritual guide.

What happens in the monthly group meeting? The heart of the group meetings is a time of Lectio Divina or prayer with the Bible. As well as this there will be some social time, and often a guest speaker and time for discussion.

For more information please visit:


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).