Catechesis: To Echo God's Word.
Catechesis is faith development/faith formation. We use this term instead of religious education, as our approach is one of transformation of the whole person into a prayerful, committed Christian who gives witness to his/her faith through active participation in the life and mission of the Church. To achieve this goal this diocese promotes family catechesis for children from Kindergarten age to eleven years, and parish-based catechesis for youth.
What is it?
Family catechesis is an approach which affords all family members the opportunity to work, learn and pray together. Monthly sessions held in the parish setting provide instruction for parents and children; provide resources for use at home; build up the confidence and ability of parents to share faith and values with their children. It is adult faith formation as well as child formation.
The main resources used in the Diocese are Allelu! for Kindergarten aged children and Alive in Christ for children aged 6 - 11 years. Any supplementary materials that are used should be in keeping with the tenets and traditions of Vatican II.
Catechist formation opportunities at the diocesan level are offered annually.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharistic preparation take place within the context of Family Catechesis and is a two year formation process. If such preparation was not received at the appropriate age level, then age-appropriate material is presented to parents and children at parish sessions, with a take-home component to be done by the parents. It is our intent that parents are always involved in the catechesis of their children.
Confirmation is celebrated at age 13 following a two year formation process. Faith Fusion: Knowing, Loving, and Serving Christ in the Catholic Church is the resource that is to be used in Year 1, and Call to Celebrate Confirmation is used in Year 2. Both are published by Our Sunday Visitor.
In 2016 a new policy was sacramental preparation was promulgated.
Policies around the sacraments of Marriage and Baptism can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this site.
Adult Faith Formation
All parishes are encouraged to offer opportunities for adult faith formation. The Diocesan Resource Centre has available many programs in written and audio visual format that are suitable for this purpose.
All parishes are encouraged to help parishioners develop a Spirituality of Stewardship and to live a life of discipleship.