Faith Formation for Children & Youth
The aim of these two ministries is to guide the children and youths of our parish into relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church; initiating the young person into the entire Christian life, which lead to their full participation in the community and mission of the Church.
Parents are the first catechists to their children, but the work of catechesis is the responsibility of the entire Christian community, In the parish community, catechesis is one of the most important ministries as we share our faith and knowledge with our children and youth.
What is Catechesis?
"Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways." (General Directory for Catechesis #105)
It is “To echo the teaching,” to share incessantly the Good News of the Living God, who loves us with infinite and merciful love, who is revealed in fullness in the person of Jesus Christ.
Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God
Catechesis also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.
Catechetical Programme for Children and Youth
Catechesis is not just Sacramental Preparation but is part of an initiation of the young person into the entire Christian life, which culminates with initiation for community and mission. (GDC 67b).
The purpose of catechesis is to enable all to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence catechesis does NOT end with the reception of the sacrament of confirmation. It is a lifelong process of conversion and recognising Christ's invitation to follow Him.
Foundation Level to Level 6
Level 2 - Preparation for First Reconciliation
Level 3 - Preparation for First Holy Communion
Level 7 to Level 9
Confirmation is a 3-year programme, with a minimum of 75% attendance for each year
It includes attendance at camps, retreats, youth Masses, parish feast involvement, youth penitential service and service projects.
Saturdays: 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Sundays: 10.15am to 12noon.
All seekers are encouraged to attend the 9.00am Mass
We are in need
Like all parishes, we are in need for more to join us in sharing our faith journeying with the young people in our charge. We invite you to touch and be touch by the hearts of the young and grow with him in Christ.
We are in need of:
If you are interest, please contact either the Primary Level coordinator or the Secondary Level Coordinator
Why Be a Catechist?
10 reasons why you should be a catechist.
10. THE BEST WAY TO LEARN IS TO TEACH
We all are called to continue to grow in our own faith, and the best way to learn is to teach. When you instruct others, your own understanding increases. If your own faith education ended years ago, the resources and materials you are exposed to as a catechist will surely refresh and expand your own knowledge.
9. CATECHISTS TELL THE TRUTH
In today’s chaotic world, people are searching for what is real and what isn’t. Catechists are like the little boy who told the emperor he wasn’t wearing any clothes. Catechists speak the truth about God, faith and morals. The world needs the message of the Gospel and the way to true happiness; as a catechist, you offer a hungry world that sustenance.
8. SHARING THE FAITH IS AN HONOR
It’s estimated that fewer than 1 percent of Catholics are catechists. If you’ve been approached to be a catechist, or if you feel the call, you are being asked to do something special for God, for the Church and for your fellow Catholics.
7. YOUR OWN FAITH WILL COME ALIVE
By acting on what you believe, you become a participant in building up God’s kingdom. After all, Jesus told us not to put our light under a bushel basket, and that means not hiding it behind a missalette either. As a catechist, you will discover that prayer, liturgy and your own relationship with God will become more vibrant and meaningful.
6. YOU BECOME AN ACTIVE PART OF THE MOST ACTIVE PART OF YOUR PARISH
One criticism of Catholic churches is that they don’t offer as much “fellowship” as some others. When you join the catechists in your parish, you enter into a community that will support you on your faith journey, pray for and with you and encourage you in your Catholic way of life.
5. A CATECHIST IS A ROLE MODEL
Ask young people who their role models or heroes are, and you’ll get a litany of movie and sports stars. While looking good and being athletic are fine qualities, young people also need examples of ordinary people who do the right thing just because it is the right thing. As a catechist, you get to model behaviors young people might not learn anywhere else.
4. YOU WILL BE PRACTICING STEWARDSHIP
In these difficult economic times, families are struggling with rising prices and shrinking incomes. Being a catechist is a way of being a good steward by giving a bit of your most precious resource -- your time. You might not be able to donate as much money as you would like, but we all have time and talent to share.
3. YOU SHOW YOUR OWN FAMILY THAT YOU VALUE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Taking time out of your life to teach the faith shows your own children, grandchildren, siblings and family members that you put a high priority on religious education. You may find you are teaching them as much by your example as you are your students by your lesson plan.
2. IT’S FUN
Spending time with energetic, enthusiastic young people gives you renewed energy and vitality. Kids remind adults to live and laugh in the moment and get enthused about things like holy days and stories of saints. Not to mention there’s nothing like it when a kid “gets” one of the tenets of the faith, like the Real Presence.
1. IT’S WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO DO
At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus said: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). By teaching the next generation about the Good News, you are fulfilling your part of the Great Commandment. It may be the most important thing you will ever do.