Our Parish Catechists
The ministry of Catechist is a thriving ministry here at St. Augustine’s parish. These men and women have a key role in supporting and instructing:
- Our young people, primarily through our Chilrden’s Liturgy classes each Sunday.
- Candidates and Catechumens engaged in weekly RCIA sessions.
Quite early on, the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #4)
“Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #5)
Lay people who are capable and trained may also collaborate in catechetical formation, in teaching the sacred sciences, and in use of the communications media. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #906)
All of these tasks are born of the conviction that the quality of any form of pastoral activity is placed at risk if it does not rely on truly competent and trained personnel. The instruments provided for catechesis cannot be truly effective unless well used by trained catechists. Thus the adequate formation of catechists cannot be overlooked. Consequently, diocesan pastoral programs must give absolute priority to the formation of lay catechists. (General Directory for Catechesis, #234)
Formation seeks to enable catechists to transmit the Gospel to those who desire to entrust themselves to Jesus Christ. The purpose of formation, therefore, is to make the catechist capable of communicating: “The summit and center of catechetical formation lies in an aptitude and ability to communicate the Gospel message.” (General Directory for Catechesis, #235)
An adequate conception of the formation of catechists must always take prior note of some of the criteria which inspire and configure with varying emphasis relevant to the formation of catechists: Firstly, it is a question of forming catechists for the need to evangelize in the present historical context, with its values, challenges and disappointments. To accomplish this task, it is necessary for catechists to have a deep faith, a clear Christian and ecclesial identity; as well as a good social sensitivity. In formation, account must also be taken of the concept of catechesis, proposed by the Church today. It is a question of forming catechists so as to be able to transmit not only a teaching but also an integral Christian formation, by developing “tasks of initiation, of education, and of teaching.” Catechists must be able to be, at one and the same time, teachers, educators and witnesses of the faith. (General Directory for Catechesis, #237)
“There is a primary need for catechists who know how to work with families, persons or groups with particular needs, such as the disabled, the poor, the marginated, and those in irregular situations.” (Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community, #74)
“Their training should equip them to make effective use of the resources available for catechesis
and to adapt materials to the age, capacity, and culture of those they seek to reach.” (Sharing the Light of Faith, #71)
If you are interested in enrolling your child into our Children’s Liturgy Goup, or if you would like to fin out more information about joining the Roman Catholic Church through the RCIA please contact one of the priests. This information can be found on the dedicated Contacts page.
For further resources on the RCIA process please visit the RCIA Network by clicking here