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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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  • 15 September 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE


    Major themes of the New Testament
    o To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings
    o To set the New Testament in its socio-political-cultural context


    WHEN: 15 September 2020

    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages


    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

     

     

     

     

     

  • 29 September 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke
    o To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels
    o To study some chosen/representative texts


    WHEN: 29 September 2020
    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages


    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

     

     

     

     

     

  • 7 October 2020
    Allen Hall Lectures with Fr John Hemer MHM –"The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel."
    Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Allen Hall, 28 Beaufort St, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA, UK

    Allen Hall Lectures with FrJohn Hemer MHM – The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel.

    The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel.  

    Wednesday 7th October

    Refreshments will be served at 7:00pm, followed by the lecture in the Chapel at 7.30pm, and Night Prayer at 8.45pm

    at Allen Hall, 28 Beaufort St, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA

    This is a lecture by Fr John Hemer MHM exploring  the Old Testament, to bring out the understanding that the whole Bible is a unity and it all points to Jesus.  There is no charge for the Lectures,but donations  will be welcome. 

    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

     

  • Allen Hall Lectures with Fr. John Hemer MHM – The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel.
    Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Allen Hall, 28 Beaufort St, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA, UK

    Allen Hall Lectures with Fr. John Hemer MHM – The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel.

    The book of Isaiah A.K.A. The Fifth Gospel.  

    Wednesday 7th October

    Refreshments will be served at 7:00pm, followed by the lecture in the Chapel at 7.30pm, and Night Prayer at 8.45pm

    at Allen Hall, 28 Beaufort St, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA

    This is a lecture by Fr John Hemer MHM exploring  the Old Testament, to bring out the understanding that the whole Bible is a unity and it all points to Jesus.  There is no charge for the Lectures,but donations  will be welcome. Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

  • 13 October 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE

    John
    o To present an overview of the Gospel of John
    To study some chosen/representative texts


    WHEN: 13 October 2020
    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages

       

    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

  • 27 October 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE

    Paul
    o To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence
    o To study some chosen/representative texts


    WHEN: 27 October 2020
    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages

    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

     

     

     

     

     

  • 10 November 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE

    Catholic Letters
    o To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)
    o To study some chosen/representative texts


    WHEN: 10 November 2020
    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8.30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages

    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

     

     

     

     

     

  • 24 November 2020
    THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    TITLE: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS. JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE

    Apocalypse
    o To present an overview of the Apocalypse
    o To study some chosen/representative texts


    WHEN: 24 November 2020

    LECTURERS: FR JAVIER RUIZ-ORTIZ, PH.D. AND SR MONICA CARDONA PH.D.
    LOCATION: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
    Time: 7:00-8:30pm
    Suggested donation £5 per talk.
    Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

    The God who Speaks-Journeying with the Bible

    3 Dec

    Matthew: a Guide for 2020

    Overview of the gospel of Matthew with the study of some paradigmatic passages

    14 Jan

    What do we mean by Bible?

    o   To understand the variety of texts and how they relate to each other in the canon

    o   To present the art of translation

    28 Jan

    Who speaks in the Bible? To whom does he speak?

    o   To explore what is meant by inspiration

    o   To present some models of inspiration and interpretation

    11 Feb

    Where does the Bible come from and when did it take place?

    o   To provide some knowledge of the history and geography of salvation

    o   To recognise the main geographical sites and chronological order of the different empires.

    25 Feb

    How do we known it really happened?

    o   To acknowledge how archaeological remains enlighten aspects of the biblical account

    o   To present and comment the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian remains at the British Museum which enlighten the biblical text.

    10 March

    Major Themes of the Old Testament

    o   To explore the most important themes in the Bible

    o   To present the running themes in the Old Testament

    21 April

    Pentateuch

    o   To present an overview of the Five Books of the Pentateuch

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    5 May

    Historical Books

    o   To present an overview of the Historical Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    19 May

    The Prophets

    o   To present an overview of the Prophetic Books

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    16 June

    Poetry and Wisdom in the Bible

    o   To present an overview of the main poetic texts of the Bible (Psalms, Song of Songs and Wisdom texts)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    15 Sept

    Major themes of the New Testament

    o   To explore the general message, purpose and structure of the New Testament writings

    o   To set the New Testament in tis socio-political-cultural context

    29 Sep

    The story of Jesus according to Mark, Matthew and Luke

    o   To present an overview of the Synoptic gospels

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    13 Oct

    John

    o   To present an overview of the Gospel of John

    To study some chosen/representative texts

    27 Oct

    Paul

    o   To present an overview of the Pauline correspondence

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    10 Nov

    Catholic Letters

    o   To present an overview of the Catholic Epistles (James; Peter; Jude and Hebrews)

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

    24 Nov

    Apocalypse

    o   To present an overview of the Apocalypse

    o   To study some chosen/representative texts

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).