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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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  • 19 November 2019
    The Role of the Catechist- Tottenham
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG


    The Role of the Catechist- 19th November 2019

    Time: 7:00-8:30pm

    Venue: St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG

    Course Description:

    This session will consider:

    · 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

    Thank you for your interest in this session.
    Registration is required for all events.
    Please register by Email
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    Phone: 0207 798 9152

  • 25 November 2019
    Helping Children to Pray - Feltham
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St Lawrence’s, The Green, Feltham, TW13 4AF

    Title: Helping Children to Pray - Feltham
    Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
    Venue: St Lawrence’s, The Green, Feltham, TW13 4AF
    Dates: Monday 25th November and Monday 9th December 2019

    Course Description
    In the catechesis of children the deepening of their relationship with God is central. These sessions 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
    • give an overview of children’s spirituality

    Please book via
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Telephone: 020 7798 9152
    Thank you for your interest in this Catechetical Training session.

  • 9 December 2019
    Helping Children to Pray - Feltham
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue:St Lawrence’s, The Green, Feltham, TW13 4AF

    Title: Helping Children to Pray - Feltham
    Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
    Venue: St Lawrence’s, The Green, Feltham, TW13 4AF
    Dates: Monday 25th November and Monday 9th December 2019

    Course Description
    In the catechesis of children the deepening of their relationship with God is central. These sessions 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
    • give an overview of children’s spirituality

    Please book via
    Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Telephone: 020 7798 9152
    Thank you for your interest in this Catechetical Training session.

  • 29 February 2020
    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2020 Westminster Cathedral
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2020 Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 29th February 2020- The following deaneries will attend: Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

    Sunday 1st March 2020 - These deaneries will attend: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

  • 1 March 2020
    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2020 Westminster Cathedral
    Time:3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    THE RITE OF ELECTION AND AFFIRMATION 2020 Westminster Cathedral at 3:00 p.m. both days:

    Saturday 29th February 2020- The following deaneries will attend: Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lea Valley, North Kensington, St. Albans, Stevenage and Tower Hamlets

    Sunday 1st March 2020 - These deaneries will attend: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Marylebone, Upper Thames, Watford and Westminster

  • 23 May 2020
    MASS FOR NEW CATHOLICS 2020 Westminster Cathedral
    Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK

    MASS FOR NEW CATHOLICS 2020 Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm Saturday 23rd May 2020
    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).