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Catechists for Faith Formation

Link to open: 2019-20 Marie's Catechist Calendar 

 Check your email regularly for information from Allison and Marie.

Link to open:  Elementary Curriculum

 Upcoming Training

Sábado, 10 de Agosto,10 am - 6pm, el diácono Benny Yupanqui presentará una clase introductoria para catequistas, La Caja de Herramientas del Catequista en Española. Aquí en St. Mary. Háganos saber que va a venir a la clase antes del 31 de julio, por lo que podemos pedir materiales.¿Necesita cuidado de niños?

Sunday, Aug 18, 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm is part 1 of Catechist Toolbox in English. Rsvp by August 7. Part 2 will be taught Sunday, December 15, 2:30 - 6 :30 pm.

Recognizing Child Abuse, Safe Environment Training, in Spanish, Sunday, August, 25, 10:30 am - 1 pm. 

Recognizing Child Abuse, Safe Environment Training, in English, Sunday, August 25, 2 pm - 4:30 pm.

Doorways, Christian Morality, an education class for catechists and any adult Catholic, is taught by Mollie Berry once a month, Sunday 11:30 to 1:00. Contact Marie Chenevert and Allison Dunphy to register. The required textbook is the red United States Catholic Catechism for Adults published by the USCCB. The faith formation program will provide the textbook for catechists. 

Upcoming Social Event for Catechists and their Families

Friday, September 6, we have a supper for catechists and their families. The supper is 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Come when you can for as long as you can. This is a gift to our volunteer catechists and a moment for you to get to know each other. It is all very informal. Please RSVP by September 4.

General Information 

Classes begin for the September 8 and 9, 2019. Winter break is December 15 and 16 through January 6 and 7. Classes resume January 12 and 13. The last classes for 2019-20 are May 3 and 4. Thanksgiving and Easter weeks have the weekend before and the weekend of the holiday off. There are 26 classes on the calendar.

All of our catechists who teach the children and teens are volunteers. 

Catechists teach in teams of 2 to 4 adults and 2 high school assistants. We have small class sizes. We provide textbooks with good lesson plans and other resources. There are always 2 catechists in a classroom.

You should be a confirmed Catholic in good standing to share the faith of the Church who attends Mass regularly.

Catechists are required by the diocese to have a background check run by St. Mary, Garner church. There is no cost to the catechists for the background check. Catechists are also required by the diocese to attend a recognizing child abuse training class named Safe Environment Training. We offer the training here. Catechists renew Safe Environment Training every 5 years.

Catechists and Substitutes pay a reduced class fee for their own children. 

We provide Catechist Toolbox training for beginning catechists about planning lessons.

For returning catechists, we offer adult faith courses called Doorways. Doorways is a diocesan program of adult faith formation.

We need a bi-lingual catechist who can teach about the Spanish Misa and Spanish prayers in every class. 75% of our current students attend the Spanish Mass. We teach mostly in English because very few of the students read in Spanish. Yet, it is important that we reinforce participating in the Mass and family prayers in the language of the parents and grandparents.

Resources

Elementary and Communion classes use Our Sunday Visitor and Loyola Press textbooks. http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/    www.loyolapress.com

Formed website- Learn more about your Catholic faith with free programs, movies, documentaries, books, Bible studies, seasonal programs for Advent, and programs for youth and children. Just log on to www.stmarygarner.formed.org to use these free resources.  

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website, www.usccb.org, has the daily Mass readings and information and handouts on the teachings of our faith.  

The Diocese of Raleigh website is https://dioceseofraleigh.org/

The author of Catechist Toolbox's website is https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/