Category Archives: Catechist Formation/Formación de Catequistas

Pope Francis calls for respecting silence during Mass

ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.

To read more go to: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/01/10/pope-francis-calls-respecting-silence-mass/

Free Online Training Available-Curriculum Framework

If you are a Parish Catechetical Leader and would like to become better acquainted on the Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation, we have a free online course designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the Framework, and how to start its implementation in the parish. To access it, simple click this link and register for the course. You may share this link with catechists also. Please note, this training does not replace the catechetical module “Introduction to the Framework.”

http://www.houstoncatecheticalconnection.org/register-for-curriculum-training/

Scholarships Available

Each year Catholic Life Insurance proudly offers two scholarships worth $2,000 through the Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship is for Roman Catholics who have attained a bachelor’s degree and are now enrolled in Catholic graduate schools of theology or religious studies.   The deadline to apply is September 15, 2017.  The application can be downloaded from www.cliu.com .  If you have any questions, please call 1-800-262-2548.

The Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities has been Revised.

The recent revision of this document, developed by the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was approved by the full body of the USCCB at their June meeting. View full text at http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/policies/guidelines-sacraments-persons-with-disabilities.cfm or download a pdf version at http://www.archgh.org/media/5921/ca072117guidelines.pdf.

Top Reasons to Become a Catechist

Loyola Press has some great articles on recruiting.  Here is one that states the Top Reasons to Become a Catechist.  http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2007/06/top-reasons-to-become-a-catechist/

Top Reasons to Become a Catechist

At this time of the year, many Catholics find themselves considering an invitation to become a catechist in their parish. Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education/Faith Formation, Pastoral Associates, Priests, and Deacons are all “on the prowl” seeking out those who have the potential to serve in this role. Perhaps you’ve been invited to be a catechist. Perhaps you know someone who is thinking about becoming a catechist. Or perhaps you are the one doing the inviting. Whatever the case may be, I offer the following reasons for becoming a catechist.

Top Reasons to Become a Catechist

  1. You will grow in your own faith, learn the teachings of the Church, and deepen your relationship with Jesus.
  2. Your Baptism calls you to share in Jesus’ ministry.
  3. Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to hear the Good News of Jesus.
  4. Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to encounter good role models of faith.
  5. You have much to share with those you’ll teach, and you’ll have opportunities to share faith with other catechists.
  6. Today’s catechetical textbooks/resources offer outstanding support.
  7. You’ll be challenged, you’ll have fun, and you’ll make new friends.
  8. You’ll be helping people deepen their relationship with Jesus. (You’ll be evangelizing!)
  9. You’ll be handing on a 2000-year-old Tradition that changes lives.
  10. It’s our job: Jesus sent us to “go and teach all nations.”

What other reasons would you include?

P.S. If you are considering the invitation to serve as a catechist, please send a comment to my blog and tell me (us, i.e. other catechists) what you’re thinking or ask any questions that you may have. There are lots of great catechists out there who would love to share their thoughts with you about this wonderful opportunity!

About Joe Paprocki  2139 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

Registration is Now Open for A Place for All 2017-2018.

A Place For All consists of seven all day interactive training sessions designed to teach effective behavior management strategies that can be implemented immediately in a variety of settings. Come have fun while learning how to meet the needs of diverse learners! Choose the Thursday or the Saturday track. Learn more and register online at https://archgh.cvent.com/APlaceforAll2017.