Basics of Catechist Formation 1.1: Catechesis is...Course Level: Basic

Course Summary

Understanding the significance of catechesis for both nurturing an encounter with Jesus Christ within those we catechize and appreciating one’s sense of vocation as a catechist.

Successful completion of this course earns 1.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • To grasp the basic history of the Church’s catechetical ministry
  • To understand what it means to be a catechist today
  • To study the various stages of human development in line with spiritual development of both the catechist and the learner/participant.

Course Materials

  • Required Book: Various Authors Communicating the Faith Twenty-Third Publications (July 22, 2018) ISBN: ASIN: B07FSQD71N, Product #: 852883

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Catechetical Ministry within the Church
    • To grasp the basic history of the Church’s catechetical ministry
    • To understand and embrace ‘What it means to be a Catechist in the 21st century’.
    • To explain what Pope Francis means by the role of the catechist is to ‘keep alive the living memory of a living God’.
  • Week 2: The Six Tasks of Catechesis
    • To identify the six tasks of catechesis
    • To identify how you, as a catechist, address or implement these six tasks within your catechetical ministry
  • Week 3: Catechists Learn By Doing
    • To explain the meaning and application of apprenticeships in the faith.
    • To identify specific catechetical methodologies/techniques for learning by doing for embracing one’s faith.
    • To identify ways, the catechist may incorporate new media into the catechetical process.