Catechesis

The Office of Catechesis supports and implements policies for religious education carried out in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs of the Diocese of Lansing. It is committed to all catechetical ministries, offered to both adults and students, which have as their goal a deepened faith and a more profound understanding of the person of Christ (Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, 5).

The aim of catechesis is not simply to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them to lifelong communion with Jesus Christ. The Diocesan Office of Catechesis accomplishes this mission through efforts in three areas:

Leadership development
Forming and supporting more than 3,000 catechetical leaders 

Religious education programs
Catechetical programs for 34,000 children and adolescents

Catechist certification
Forming catechists for their mission to spread the good news

The priorities of the Diocesan Office of Catechesis are:

• To ensure that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is incorporated into all catechesis.

• The formation and certification of directors of religious education, teachers and catechists to reflect the importance of the four pillars of the Catechism (Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, Prayer).

• A comprehensive evaluation of religious education texts with respect to their doctrinal content and appropriate pedagogical methodology.

• The continued support and development of all those engaged in passing on the Catholic faith to the newest generation of believers.

Directory

Overview


Praying the Mass with children and adolescents
A catechist’s guide to the new translation


First Communion interviews


Elementary religion curriculum


Secondary religious education curriculum

Religious education for teens and children


Catechist formation in the Diocese of Lansing

Genesee/Shiawassee Vicariate 

Ingham/Clinton/Eaton Vicariate 

Jackson Vicariate (March 21, 2015, St Rita, Clarklake)

Lenawee/Hillsdale Vicariate  (March 21, 2015, St Rita, Clarklake)

Livingston Vicariate 

Washtenaw Vicariate

Catechist Formation Session Evaluation Form


Reporting forms


Confirmation

Confirmation liturgical preparations

How to assist the bishop at the confirmation liturgy

Celebrating the sacrament of confirmation:
Protocol and preparation


Models of catechesis:
The keynote address of His Eminence Avery Cardinal Dulles


National Catechetical Sunday

National Catechetical Sunday, designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as the third Sunday in September each year, is set aside as an opportunity for all the baptized to rededicate themselves to the mission of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.

Resources:

http://www.usccb.org/catecheticalsunday/

http://foryourmarriage.org/


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Awareness Sessions for Adults

(duration of all sessions is 3 hours)

 
Sunday, April 12, 2015
12:15 pm
St. Andrew Dung-Lac Parish
1611 West Oakland Avenue, Lansing
Facilitator:  Cheryl Hecksel
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:00pm
St Gerard Church
4437 West Willow Hwy, Lansing
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki
 

For more information, contact:
Safe Environment Coordinator
Sally Ellis at 517-342-2551

Pre-register for a session at www.virtus.org.
Please do not call the hosting parish to pre-register.