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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 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


    Celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

    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.

    Before the Mass we will gather in Vaughan House.

    4:30 pm Tea & Welcome - Vaughan House Conference Room.

    5:00 pm – Reflection from Fr. Stephen Wang

    5:30 pm – Preparing to celebrate Mass as New Catholics with our Bishop

    6:00 pm - Mass

    It would be helpful to know how many will be there. 
    If you plan to attend, please send  an  emailto:catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 4 June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- 21 May, 4 June 2019- Hitchin
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew Catholic Church, 16 Nightingale Rd, Hitchin SG5 1QS, UK

    21st May & 4th June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew, 16 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QS

    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.

    It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.
    If you plan to attend, please contact <mailto:catadmin@rcdow.org.uk>
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 8 June 2019
    Preparing Teenagers for Confirmation- An Introduction- Barnet
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St. Mary's Immaculate & St. Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet, EN5 4HZ

    8th June 2019
    Preparing teenagers for Confirmation – An Introduction
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: St Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HZ
    Course Description
    This session considers how catechists work with teenagers preparing for confirmation, looking at
    • A short history of the sacrament
    · What guidelines does the Church give us?
    · What should be included in the programme?
    · Considering methods and resources
    It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.
    If you plan to attend, please send mailto:catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 11 June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children- 11, 18 June-Sudbury
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St. George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE

    11th & 18th June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE (in Parish Centre in St Andrew’s Avenue)

    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.
     It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.

    If you plan to attend, please Email:catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 15 June 2019
    Day for All RCIA Catechists & Clergy- Vaughan House
    Time:10:00am - 3:30pm
    Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, Victoria, SW1P 1QN

    The Rite of Christian Initiation & the New Evangelisation

    ‘Reclaiming the Vision’

    A Day for All RCIA Catechists & Clergy

    With Martin Foster,

    (Assistant Secretary — Department for Christian Life and Worship Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)

    on

    Saturday 15th June 2019

    10:00am-3:30pm

    at

    Vaughan House,

    46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN

    Please book via

    email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

    or Tel: 020 7798 9152

  • 18 June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children-11, 18 June-Sudbury
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St. George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE

    1th & 18th June 2019
    Liturgy of the Word with Children
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: St George, 970 Harrow Road, Sudbury, HA0 2QE (in Parish Centre in St Andrew’s Avenue)

    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.
     It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.
    If you plan to attend, please email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 25 June 2019
    Helping Children to Pray- Hitchin
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew, 16 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QS

    25th June 2019
    Helping Children to Pray
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Venue: Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew, 16 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QS

    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
     It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.
    If you plan to attend send an email to, catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 29 June 2019
    Preparing Children for First Communion- Barnet
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HZ

    29th June 2019
    Preparing Children for First Communion – an Introduction
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: St Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HZ
    Course Description
    This session 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.

    It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.
    If you plan to attend, please email:catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

  • 13 July 2019
    Summer Conference for Catechists- Hammersmith
    Time:10:00am - 4:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart High School, 212 Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 7DG, UK


     “CALLED TO ACCOMPANY”

    A day of reflection and conversation for Catechists with Mrs Veronica Murphy & Catherine Darby SND
     Adult & Pastoral Formation Advisers from the Archdiocese of Liverpool

    ‘We need a Church capable of walking at people’s side…
    a Church which accompanies them on their journey…’
    Pope Francis
    – meeting with the Bishops of Brazil - World Youth Day –July 2013
     
    Saturday 13th July 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Sacred Heart High School
    212 Hammersmith Rd, W6 7DG
    (Entrance in Bute Gardens – first left turn from Hammersmith Rd,
    gates on left towards end of Bute Gardens)

    £10 per person

    Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee will be provided
    It would be helpful to know how many will be attending the session.

    Please book via email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or telephone Warren Brown on 020 7798 9152

    Then send cheque payable to “WRCDT” and mail to
    Warren Brown
    Agency for Evangelisation
    Diocese of Westminster
    Vaughan House
    46 Francis Street
    SW1P 1QN

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).