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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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  • 26 November 2018
    Preparing Children for First Communion – A Short Introduction-Copenhagen street
    Time:7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Venue:The Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 157 Copenhagen St, London N1 0SR, UK


    Preparing Children for First Communion – A Short Introduction
    Date: 26th November 2018
    Time: 7:00-8.30 pm
    Venue: The Blessed Sacrament, 157 Copenhagen Street N1 0SR
    Course Description
    This session helps the catechist
    • to have an understanding of the themes of the First Communion programmes
    • to share that understanding with the children.
    • to consider methods and resources.

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

  • 1 December 2018
    The RCIA- Tottenham
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG


    Title: The RCIA
    Date: 1st December 2018
    Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue: St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AG

    Course Description
    A course to get catechists started or encourage those already leading – including
    • the dynamics of the different stages and steps
    • what lies at the heart of the Rite.
    • help with planning time and choosing resources.
    Key text: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

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

  • 5 December 2018
    Preparing Children for First Communion – An Introduction- Northfields
    Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue: St Peter & Paul’s, 38, Camborne Avenue, W 13 9QZ

    Title: Preparing Children for First Communion – An Introduction- Northfields
    Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    Venue: St Peter & Paul’s, 38, Camborne Avenue, W 13 9QZ (Session will be held in the parish hall on Leyborne Avenue)
    Dates: Wednesday 5th December, 2018
    Course Description:
    This 1 session course 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.
    Please book via Email: catadmin@rcdow.org.uk
    or Telephone: 020 7798 9152
    Thank you for your interest in this Catechetical Training session.

  • 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

  • 8 December 2018
    Preparing Parents for Infant Baptism – an Introduction- Tottenham
    Time:10:00am - 1:00pm
    Venue:St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham. N17 9AG


    Title: Preparing Parents for Infant Baptism – an Introduction
    Date: 8th December 2018
    Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    Venue: St Francis de Sales, 729 High Road, Tottenham. N17 9AG

    Course Description
    • How do catechists prepare parents for the baptism of their infants?
    • How do we help parents to understand what they are asking for?
    • The course includes the history of baptism from the early days of Christianity and a walk
    through the Rite of Baptism – explaining all the signs and symbols used.

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

  • 19 January 2019
    Using Scripture with Children- Mill Hill
    Time:2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Venue:Sacred Heart & Mary Immaculate, 2 Flower Lane, Mill Hill, NW7 2JB

    Date: 19th January 2019
    Title: Using Scripture with Children
    Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
    Venue: Sacred Heart & Mary Immaculate, 2 Flower Lane, Mill Hill, NW7 2JB

    Course Description
    This session will offer to catechists the opportunity to
    • look at the cycle of the Church’s year and the Lectionary
    • consider how best to use scripture in our catechetical programmes
    • look at some practical ideas on opening scripture to children

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

  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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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


    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).