Catechesis: What is it and who is it for?
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community.
So, who is a catechist?
- a practicing Catholic
- called to share faith with God’s people
- willing to satisfy the Archdiocesan requirements for working with young people
- able and eager to continue in adult faith formation
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller desires that the catechists of the San Antonio Archdiocese be truly competent and trained, and participating in on-going faith formation.
St. Peter’s provides Archdiocesan approved Catechetical Certification for Level 1, 2 and 3. The following training is primarily for those who are catechist or want to be catechists. However, training is open to all parishioners who want to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith.
Level 1 Basic: Echoes of Faith is a video assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists. This 10-part video series opportunity is open to any and all catechists – such as those in EFF, GS, Edge, Life Teen, RCIA, ABFS, Men’s Faith Sharing and more. Facilitator Julia Cortez.
Level 2 Intermediate: A series of 8 courses presented by an approved instructor. Topics include Catechesis – Theory and Practice, Liturgy and Sacraments, and The Church, etc. Facilitator Carol White.
Level 3 Advanced: Once Level 2 certification is approved, catechists are encouraged to attend this advanced catechetical certification. This consists of at least 100 clock hours through a degree or non-degree program. This is a video assisted resource. Facilitator Joe Cortez.
Online options are also available.
For more information contact Darcy at 830-816-5672.