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Catechists for Faith Formation

 Check your email regularly for information from Hortencia and Marie.

Because the governor of North Carolina is asking everyone to stay home, the faith formation office is closed through April 29.

    Debido a que el gobernador de Carolina del Norte está pidiendo a todos que se queden en casa, la oficina de formación de fe está cerrada hasta el 29 de Abril.

We have not made any decisions about the first Communion Masses in May. What we do know is posted at https://www.stmarygarner.org/first-communion--primera-comuni-n

Confirmation 2 students can turn in Confirmation requirements to Mrs. Hortencia Sanchez later on when it is safe to gather. 

     Los estudiantes de Confirmación 2 pueden entregar los requisitos de Confirmación a la Sra. Hortencia Sánchez más adelante cuando sea seguro reunirse.

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General Information 

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 who attends Mass regularly to share the faith of the Church.

Catechists are required by the diocese to have a background check run by St. Mary, Garner parish. 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.

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. 85% 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.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/