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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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  • 1 October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis –Practical Skills - Brook Green
    Time:7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Venue:Holy Trinity, 41 Brook Green, Hammersmith, W6 7BL (Parish Centre to left of church)


    An Introduction to Catechesis –Practical Skills- Brook Green
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm (1 session)
    Venue: Holy Trinity, 41 Brook Green, Hammersmith, W6 7BL (Parish Centre to left of church)

    Course Description
    This session will provide concrete tools that can help catechists cope with the concerns that are a part of their ministry, considering:
    • The tasks of catechesis (ref. the GDC)
    • Skills and Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    ● Understanding the role of discipline
    • Planning and preparation
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 2 October 2018
    Liturgy of the Word with Children - White City
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City W12 7QR (in Parish Centre)

    2nd & 9th October 2018
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- White City
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City W12 7QR (in Parish Centre)
    Course Description
    This two 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.
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 6 October 2018
    Day for Catechists of the West with Bishop John Wilson- Ruislip
    Time:9:30am - 2:30pm
    Venue:Parish Hall, Most Sacred Heart, 73, Pembroke Road, Ruislip, HA4 8NN

    Title: Day for Catechists of the West with Bishop John Wilson
    Date: Saturday 6th October 2018
    Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
    Venue: Parish Hall, Most Sacred Heart, 73, Pembroke Road, Ruislip, HA4 8NN
    (Ruislip Manor, near traffic lights; near Ruislip Manor Station; 1/3 mile from Ruislip Station)

    Course Description:
    Bishop John Wilson invites all catechists of the West (Deaneries of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, North Kensington, Upper Thames) to a day of catechesis, reflection and sharing on the theme of “I Call You Friends” (John 15:15)


    Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
    Please book via 
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Telephone: 020 7798 9152
    Thank you for your interest in this Catechetical event.

  • 8 October 2018
    Scripture Evenings- Northwood
    Time:7:30pm - 9:15pm
    Venue:St Matthew’s Parish Centre, 32 Hallowell Rd, Northwood HA6 1DW


    ‘The Lord speaks to us through Sacred Scripture;
    he speaks to us in prayer’
    Pope Francis

    In response to Pope Francis’ call to ‘Be constantly nourished by the Word of God’, I have arranged this
    October for three Scripture Evenings which I hope will help to encourage more parishioners to actively
    explore the Bible through prayer and study. 
    The evenings are particularly aimed at evangelisation or parish teams, or anyone interested in promoting scripture in the parish, but all will be welcome to come along. 

    You may already be a parish that is familiar with programmes such as ‘The Bible Timeline’ and ‘The Big
    Picture Bible Course’, or have a regular Bible Study Group. The Scripture Evenings will help parishioners
    to become more familiar the Bible as a source for prayer and inspiration for evangelisation. There will also be
    an introduction to the resource ‘Word on the Go – the Bible for busy Catholics’. This outstanding, web-based
    resource, produced by the Bible Society in conjunction with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales,
    helps to bring Scripture into everyday life for Catholics. It is a resource that your evangelisation or parish
    team might consider introducing to the parish.

    For the Scripture Evenings, I will be working with Fleur Dorrell who has developed ‘Word on the Go’ and
    is leading a team to take forward ‘2020 Year of the Word – the God who speaks’ , a project announced by the
    Bishops’ Conference in April this year.

    The dates for the Scripture Evenings are:

    • Monday 8th October, 7.30pm – 9.15pm
    at St Matthew’s Parish Centre, 32 Hallowell Rd, Northwood HA6 1DW

    • Wednesday 10th October, 7.45pm-9.30pm
    at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, 1 Esdaile Lane, Hoddesdon EN11 8DS

    • Wednesday 24th October , 7.30pm-9.15pm
    at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN

    Refreshments provided

    To register for a Scripture Evening please 
    E-mail Warren Brown at  catadmin@rcdow.org.uk 
    Tel: 0207 798 9152

    As Pope Francis reminds us of what St Jerome tells us, that ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ’, I
    hope that ‘Missionary Parishes’ in the work of local evangelisation, can be strengthened through parishioners
    who as ‘Missionary Disciples’, become more familiar with Scripture.

  • 9 October 2018
    Liturgy of the Word with Children - White City
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City W12 7QR (in Parish Centre)

    2nd & 9th October 2018
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- White City
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady of Fatima, 2 Commonwealth Avenue, White City W12 7QR (in Parish Centre)
    Course Description
    This two 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.
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 10 October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis - Ruislip
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Most Sacred Heart, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN

    Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis- Ruislip
    Time:7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Most Sacred Heart, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN

    Course Description
    This 2 session course offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis:
    • What is catechesis and how do you do it?
    • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable?
    • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist?
    • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist?
    • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Help catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • Scripture Evening- Hoddesdon
    Time:7:45pm - 9:30pm
    Venue:St Augustine’s Parish Centre, 1 Esdaile Lane, Hoddesdon EN11 8DS


    ‘The Lord speaks to us through Sacred Scripture;
    he speaks to us in prayer’
    Pope Francis

    In response to Pope Francis’ call to ‘Be constantly nourished by the Word of God’, I have arranged this

    October for three Scripture Evenings which I hope will help to encourage more parishioners to actively
    explore the Bible through prayer and study.
    The evenings are particularly aimed at evangelisation or parish teams, or anyone interested in promoting scripture in the parish, but all will be welcome to come along.

    You may already be a parish that is familiar with programmes such as ‘The Bible Timeline’ and ‘The Big
    Picture Bible Course’, or have a regular Bible Study Group. The Scripture Evenings will help parishioners
    to become more familiar the Bible as a source for prayer and inspiration for evangelisation. There will also be
    an introduction to the resource ‘Word on the Go – the Bible for busy Catholics’. This outstanding, web-based
    resource, produced by the Bible Society in conjunction with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales,
    helps to bring Scripture into everyday life for Catholics. It is a resource that your evangelisation or parish
    team might consider introducing to the parish.

    For the Scripture Evenings, I will be working with Fleur Dorrell who has developed ‘Word on the Go’ and
    is leading a team to take forward ‘2020 Year of the Word – the God who speaks’ , a project announced by the
    Bishops’ Conference in April this year.

    The dates for the Scripture Evenings are:

    • Wednesday 10th October, 7.45pm-9.30pm 

    at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, 1 Esdaile Lane, Hoddesdon EN11 8DS


    • Wednesday 24th October , 7.30pm-9.15pm
    at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN

    Refreshments provided

    To register for a Scripture Evening please
    E-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Tel: 0207 798 9152

    As Pope Francis reminds us of what St Jerome tells us, that ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ’, I
    hope that ‘Missionary Parishes’ in the work of local evangelisation, can be strengthened through parishioners
    who as ‘Missionary Disciples’, become more familiar with Scripture.

  • 16 October 2018
    Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – A Short Introduction - Potters Bar
    Time:8:00pm - 9:30pm
    Venue:Our Lady & St Vincent, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 1EG


    Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation – A Short Introduction- Potters Bar
    Time: 8:00-9.30pm
    Venue: Our Lady & St Vincent, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 1EG

    Course Description
    This session considers how catechists work with teenagers preparing for confirmation, looking at
    • The guidelines the Church gives us
    • What should be included in the programme
    • Consideration of methods and resources
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 17 October 2018
    The Spirituality of the Catechist- an Introduction - Kensal New Town
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, W10 5DJ, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ (entrance to Parish centre in Bosworth Road)


    The Spirituality of the Catechist- an Introduction- Kensal New Town
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, 68 Hazlewood Crescent, W10 5DJ, Kensal New Town, W10 5DJ
    (entrance to Parish centre in Bosworth Road)

    Course Description
    In his address to catechists in 2013 Pope Francis said “ ‘being’ a catechist, this is the vocation, not ‘working’ as a catechist. Be careful: I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.”

    This session reflects on how as catechists, through developing our own spirituality, we may guide people to that encounter that Pope Francis speaks of.

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

  • 18 October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis - Ruislip
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Most Sacred Heart, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN

    Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis- Ruislip
    Time:7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Most Sacred Heart, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN

    Course Description
    This 2 session course offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis:
    • What is catechesis and how do you do it?
    • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable?
    • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist?
    • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist?
    • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Help catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes
    Please book via
    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 20 October 2018
    An Introduction to Catechesis - Grahame Park
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Margaret Clitherow, Everglade Strand, Grahame Park, NW9 5PX


    An Introduction to Catechesis- Grahame Park
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: St Margaret Clitherow, Everglade Strand, Grahame Park, NW9 5PX

    Course Description
    This session offers a simple introduction to the main principles and practicalities of catechesis:
    • What is catechesis and how do you do it?
    • What are the key skills needed and what skills are transferable?
    • What is the role of the catechist? How does the Church see the role of the lay catechist?
    • The person of the catechist – How do we grow in the vocation of being a catechist?
    • Practical advice for preparing the learning environment
    • Help catechists understand the role of discipline
    • Tools to help evaluate all catechetical programmes

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

  • 24 October 2018
    Scripture Evening- Vaughan House- Victoria
    Time:7:30pm - 9:15pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN


    ‘The Lord speaks to us through Sacred Scripture;
    he speaks to us in prayer’
    Pope Francis

    In response to Pope Francis’ call to ‘Be constantly nourished by the Word of God’, I have arranged this
    October for three Scripture Evenings which I hope will help to encourage more parishioners to actively
    explore the Bible through prayer and study.
    The evenings are particularly aimed at evangelisation or parish teams, or anyone interested in promoting scripture in the parish, but all will be welcome to come along.

    You may already be a parish that is familiar with programmes such as ‘The Bible Timeline’ and ‘The Big
    Picture Bible Course’, or have a regular Bible Study Group. The Scripture Evenings will help parishioners
    to become more familiar the Bible as a source for prayer and inspiration for evangelisation. There will also be
    an introduction to the resource ‘Word on the Go – the Bible for busy Catholics’. This outstanding, web-based
    resource, produced by the Bible Society in conjunction with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales,
    helps to bring Scripture into everyday life for Catholics. It is a resource that your evangelisation or parish
    team might consider introducing to the parish.

    For the Scripture Evenings, I will be working with Fleur Dorrell who has developed ‘Word on the Go’ and
    is leading a team to take forward ‘2020 Year of the Word – the God who speaks’ , a project announced by the
    Bishops’ Conference in April this year.

    The dates for the Scripture Evenings are:

    • Wednesday 24th October , 7.30pm-9.15pm 
    at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN

    Refreshments provided

    To register for a Scripture Evening please
    E-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Tel: 0207 798 9152

    As Pope Francis reminds us of what St Jerome tells us, that ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ’, I
    hope that ‘Missionary Parishes’ in the work of local evangelisation, can be strengthened through parishioners
    who as ‘Missionary Disciples’, become more familiar with Scripture.

  • 7 November 2018
    The Spirituality of the Catechist- English Martyrs
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW

    7th & 14th November 2018
    The Spirituality of the Catechist
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Week 1: English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW
     Week 2: All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL (Parish Centre entrance at end of car park)

    Course Description
    In his address to catechists in 2013 Pope Francis said “ ‘being’ a catechist, this is the vocation, not ‘working’ as a catechist. Be careful: I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.”

    This two session course reflects on how as catechists, through developing our own spirituality, we may guide people to that encounter that Pope Francis speaks of.

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

  • 10 November 2018
    Practical Skills for Catechists - Whitton
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue: St Edmund of Canterbury, St Edmund’s Lane, Whitton, TW2 7BB

    10th November 2018
    Practical Skills for Catechists- Whitton
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: St Edmund of Canterbury, St Edmund’s Lane, Whitton, TW2 7BB

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

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

  • 14 November 2018
    The Spirituality of the Catechist- English Martyrs
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL (Parish Centre entrance at end of car park)

    7th & 14th November 2018
    The Spirituality of the Catechist
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Week 1: English Martyrs, Chalkhill Road, Wembley Park, HA9 9EW
     Week 2: All Saints, 531 Kenton Road, HA3 0UL (Parish Centre entrance at end of car park)

    Course Description
    In his address to catechists in 2013 Pope Francis said “ ‘being’ a catechist, this is the vocation, not ‘working’ as a catechist. Be careful: I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.”

    This two session course reflects on how as catechists, through developing our own spirituality, we may guide people to that encounter that Pope Francis speaks of.

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

  • 5 December 2018
    Helping Children to Pray - Holloway
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN

    5th December 2018
    Helping Children to Pray- Holloway
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Venue: Sacred Heart of Jesus, 62 Eden Grove, Holloway, N7 8EN

    Course Description
    In the catechesis of children the deepening of their relationship with God is central. This session aim to
    • help catechists to reflect on their own understanding of prayer
    • look at what the Church teaches about prayer
    • consider how we might help children to grow in prayer

    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

  • 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

  • 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).