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Catechists for Faith Formation

Catechists for Faith Formation

Volunteer Catechists are the best people!

A page to help you to stay informed with Allison and Marie's programing.


Click here for: 2018-19 Marie's Catechist Calendar

Catechist Social for your whole family on Friday, September 7, 6:30 - 8 pm. Come meet your team and their families. Casual and simple, but a small thank you for serving.

 Communion 2nd Year Catechists please meet with Marie on Thursday, September 13 at 7pm in St. Joseph's hall at St. Mary.


Classes begin for the September 9 and 10, 2018. Winter break is December 9 through January 20 and 21. Classes resume January 27 and 28. The last classes for 2018-19 are May 5 and 6, 2019. Thanksgiving and Easter weeks have the weekend before and the weekend of the holiday off. There are 24 classes on the calendar.

All of our catechists who teach the children are volunteers. We need a large team of 75 catechists for our 350 children. We also need substitute catechists.

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.

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. 

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.

Check your email regularly for information from Allison and Marie.

 Click here for: Marie's Catechist Handbook