Catechists

Parish activities & the Archbishop’s Certificate for Catechists

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Since the Autumn of 2012 a growing number of catechists from Saint Anselm’s parish (currently 12) has been learning new skills and expanding the understanding and knowledge of our Catholic faith heritage through the programme prepared by the Diocese of Westminster and the University of Dayton, USA.

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Each student has to accumulate 3 online modules (it takes 5 weeks to complete one module)  and 3 practical workshops, giving him or her 6 credits in total. The Archbishop’s Certificate is valid for 3 years and then it is necessary to study a little bit more, for example by taking one additional workshop/online module. Up to now, David Howe, Semea Gracias Antao, Vicentinha Rebelo and Jan Janoszka have already completed it, and 3 more parishioners will have managed to do just that by the end of 2014.

Amanda-CatechistOne of them, Mrs Amanda Rodrigues, who has been leading a very active role in the parish (as a confirmation catechist; Eucharistic Minister, Minister of the Word, member of the Legion of Mary and president of Junior Legion of Mary), has recently shared her experience on the course:

“First of all, I would like to thank Fr. Gerard and specially Jan for giving me this wonderful opportunity of doing this course (the course is not free but the church pays for you: the course and reading material).

I am loving this course. I have learnt so much out of this course though I’m just half way. I have received a lot of knowledge through the online modules and new skills through the workshops. I have finished one online module, Intro to Scripture with distinction and one practical workshop, Using scripture with young people. Presently, I’m doing my second online module, Intro to Sacraments of Initiation.

Each module is 5 weeks long and very interesting. We have to post our thoughts and reflections on the discussion boards after reading the required readings and this way we share and learn from others. We also have a session assessment and glossary quiz which is very easy. It is very simple and interesting. It looks difficult at first but then once you start you are fine.Each module not only tells you things but makes you think and reflect on subjects that you know but never thought of in a way that it makes you to think. It is a fun learning experience from the comfort of your home and those who wish and love to learn should go for it.

It helps me not only in Catechesis but other works that I do in the parish. Most importantly, Legion of Mary specially Junior. I am the president there and I use the knowledge and skills with this group also. Also it helps me know a lot about our faith and helps me to live my faith, in the church through readers at mass, Eucharistic ministers and so on as well as in my every day life.

I would like to recommend this course to other Catechists and those who wish to teach Catechism. It is a very good experience and you will always learn something from it.

I would also like to request all of you to please pray for me because to complete the course I need to acquire 6 credits. I’ve received 2.5 credits already. Please pray that I complete the course with distinction and also to make good use it.”

Here is a general overview of the first year of the programme:

AUTUMN TERM 

2013

Day of Prayer & Catechesis

with Bishop John Arnold

28th Sept 2013

Cathedral Hall

SPRING TERM 

2014

Day of Prayer & Catechesis

with Bishop John Sherrington

29th March 2014

Niland Centre,Bushey,Herts

SUMMER TERM 

2014

Day of Prayer & Catechesis

with Archbishop Vincent

14th June 2014

Cathedral Hall

The “days of prayer   & catechesis” are open to all catechists and those interested in becoming   catechists.

The “Knowing the   Faith” section offers various distance learning – (e-learning) modules each   term. It is recommended that participants only take one module per term. The   # symbol indicates the module recommended by the Diocese of Westminster.   However, participants can take any of the modules on offer each term.

Knowing the Faith

September to November

  • (#)        Introduction to Scripture

Other optional   modules:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Beginnings of        the Church

January to February

  • (#) Survey of        Catholic Doctrine

Other optional   modules:

  • Introduction to        Catechesis
  • Introduction to        Practical Morality
  • Faith and Human        Development
  • Vocation,        Spirituality, and Discipleship of Catechists

April to May

  • (#)        Introduction to prayer

Other optional   modules:

  • Images of Jesus
  • Sacraments
  • Introduction to        Catechesis
  • Introduction to        Practical Morality
  • Faith and Human        Development
  • Vocation,        Spirituality, and Discipleship of Catechists

Sharing the Faith

Participants only  need to attend one workshop (each term) to complete the certificate requirement

November to December 2013

(Diocesan Workshops)

16th November

Using scripture with young people

Vaughan House, Victoria (10am – 1pm)

 

February to March 2014

(Diocesan Workshops)

15th March

Explaining the Liturgy

Vaughan House, Victoria (10am – 1pm)

 

May to July 2014

(Diocesan Workshops)

5th July

The role & skills of the catechist

Vaughan House, Victoria (10am – 1pm)