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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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Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

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  • 9 February 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- Kentish Town
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady, Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4 Lady Margaret Rd, London NW5 2XT, UK

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019

    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes

    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples and development of Missionary Parishes.


    Bishop Nicholas Hudson
    Central & East Areas
    Date: Sat 9th February 2019
    Venue: Our Lady Help of Christians, Kentish Town NW5 2XT
    Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.

    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.

    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please
    E-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk 
    Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152



  • 16 February 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- Nicholas Breakspear School- St. Albans
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans. AL4 0TT

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019


    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes


    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and
    development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples
    and development of Missionary Parishes.


    Bishop Paul McAleenan
    Hertfordshire Area

    Date: Sat 16th February 2019.
    Venue: Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, Colney Heath Lane, St Albans. AL4 0TT
    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm


    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.


    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.
    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please E-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152



  • 23 February 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- Commercial Road
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:St Mary & St Michael, Parish Centre, 2 Lukin Street, Commercial Road. E1 00A

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019
    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes

    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples and development of Missionary Parishes.


    Bishop Nicholas Hudson
    Central & East Areas
    Date: Sat 23rd February 2019
    Venue: St Mary & St Michael, Parish Centre, 2 Lukin Street, Commercial Road. E1 00A 
    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm 


    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.


    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.
    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please e-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152


  • 26 February 2019
    A Look at Liturgy- White City
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City, W12 7QR

    26th February & 5th March 2019
    A Look at Liturgy
    Time: 7.30-9pm
    Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City, W12 7QR
    Course Description
    A Look at Liturgy
    This two session course aims to
    • help participants to gain an understanding of liturgical principles using the liturgical documents
    of the Church,
    • to know and understand the cycle of the liturgical year,
    • and to consider issues of liturgical catechesis.

    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 27 February 2019
    The Liturgical Year & Catechesis- Holloway
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN

    27th February 2019
    The Liturgical Year & Catechesis
    Time: 7.30-9:00 pm
    Venue: Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN

    Course Description
    The Liturgical Year and Catechesis
    Using the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar as a resource Catechists will
    understand more fully the entire mystery of Jesus Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of his return in glory.
    • understand the Church’s Liturgical Calendar as an ever-deepening immersion into the mystery of Jesus Christ
    • relate the cycles of the liturgical year to the Christian faith journey.
    • demonstrate how the cycles of the liturgical year enrich catechesis.

    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 2 March 2019
    An Introduction to Scripture for Catechists- Parsons Green
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:Holy Cross, 22 Cortayne Road, Parsons Green, SW6 3QA

    2nd March 2019
    An Introduction to Scripture for Catechists
    Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue: Holy Cross, 22 Cortayne Road, Parsons Green, SW6 3QA

    Course Description
    An Introduction to Scripture for Catechists
    A basic introduction to scripture which helps catechists
    • To know and understand the structure of the Old and New Testaments
    • To have a simple overview of the Old Testament and its unity with the New Testament
    • To look at the books of the New Testament
    • To consider how best to use scripture in our catechetical programmes

    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 5 March 2019
    A Look at Liturgy- White City
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City, W12 7QR

    26th February & 5th March 2019
    A Look at Liturgy
    Time: 7.30-9:00 pm
    Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City, W12 7QR

    Course Description
    A Look at Liturgy
    This two session course aims to
    • help participants to gain an understanding of liturgical principles using the liturgical documents
    of the Church,
    • to know and understand the cycle of the liturgical year,
    • and to consider issues of liturgical catechesis.

    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 9 March 2019
    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2019
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2019


    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 9th March 2019- The following deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster


    Sunday 10th March 2019 - These deaneries will attend:
    Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

  • 'Learn From Me'- Launch Day- Westminster Cathedral Crypt
    Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral Crypt, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    'Learn From Me' -Certificate Courses 
    All 3 formation courses are run by Maryvale Institute.


    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.


    All 3 formation courses are run by Maryvale Institute.

    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 ausracane@rcdow.org.uk

    Phone: 020 7931 6078


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  • 10 March 2019
    The Rite of Election and Affirmation 2019
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2019


    Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:


    Saturday 9th March 2019- The following deaneries will attend:
    Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster


    Sunday 10th March 2019 - These deaneries will attend:
    Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

  • 16 March 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- St. Mark's School- Hounslow
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:St Mark’s Catholic School, 106 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EJ


    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes

    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples and development of Missionary Parishes.


    Bishop John Wilson
    West Area
    Date: Sat 16th March 2019.
    Venue: St Mark’s Catholic School, 106 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EJ 
    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.


    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.
    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please e-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152

  • 30 March 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- Niland Centre- Bushey Heath
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, Elstree Road, Bushey Heath. WD23 4EE

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019
    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes

    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples and development of Missionary Parishes.


    Bishop John Sherrington
    North Areas

    Date: Sat 30th March 2019
    Venue: The Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, Elstree Road, Bushey Heath. WD23 4EE 
    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm


    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.
    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.
    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please e-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152


  • 1 June 2019
    Mass for New Catholics 2019
    Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    MASS FOR NEW CATHOLICS 2019


    Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm Saturday 1st June 2019


    All received into the Church at Easter, their families & friends, their catechists & priests are welcome to attend.

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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).