"The definite aim of catechesis is ‘to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ’."
—GDC, Par 80.
"Our vision involves fostering awareness among members of our Diocese of the true role of catechesis and offering the support necessary to enable the parish to carry out this responsibility."
— Put out into the Deep, Diocesan Vision Document, 2003
We support and promote the work of catechists through courses and days of retreat and offer advice as requested.
A new course for catechists based in the Newham Deanery
The Year of Faith
October 2012 - November 2013
"The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14.27) is always open for us,
ushering us into the life of communion with God and
offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross
that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed
and the heart allows itself to be shaped by
transforming grace." Pope Benedict XVI, Porta Fidei
Living Our Faith is a two year course of adult formation in the Catholic Faith offered by the department of Adult Religious Education and Formation for Ministry.
This new course modelled on the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) is offered to catechists who:
• wish to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
• become confident and competent in communicating the faith to children, young people and adults.
• acquire skills necessary for working with groups.
• be committed to all aspects of the course.
• open to personal transformation.
Rooted in scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Living Our Faith combines the following components to deliver a holistic Christian formation:
• Prayer, liturgy and spirituality.
• Teaching, catechesis and theological formation.
• Group discussion and reflection.
• Guided personal study.
The course includes the aims, objectives and structure of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS). Those who successfully complete the requirements will be awarded the CCRS certificate.
Sr Nuala Gannon, IBVM
Download the Timetable here
Special Needs Catechesis
'Valuing Difference', the Bishops' document about people with disabilities and their place in the Church, is a priority as we strive to become a more inclusive Church.