General Directory for Catechesis
Paragraph 80: The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy,
with Jesus Christ. All evangelizing activity is understood as promoting communion with Jesus Christ. Starting with the initial conversion of a person to the Lord, moved by the Holy Spirit through the primary proclamation of the Gospel, catechesis seeks to solidify and mature this first adherence.


Diocese of Lansing Catechetical Conference: Called to Echo the Good News

The Diocese of Lansing Advisory Committee for Catechesis and St, Mary Magdalen Parish, Brighton, are hosting a catechetical conference, Saturday, January 30. We are calling all catechists in parish and school programs to come and be formed spiritually and intellectually for this great ministry. We are called to help our young people grow in their relationship with God in Christ. Please come as a community of disciples growing closer to Jesus as we seek to echo this good news to all. Please download the pdf for details. We will update this flier weekly as we draw closer to the event. Please register by January 27.

Catechetical Conference

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).

The certification of directors of religious education is accomplished collaboratively with the Diocesan Office of Certification. This process has several levels of formation acknowledgement and certification. The levels of certification are approved by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee on Certification.

The levels of catechist certification of both parish catechists and Catholic school teachers is accomplished by the Office of Catechesis, working collaboartively with the catechetical leasders in our parishes and schools.

In order to assist local formation of these catechists and teachers who have approved catechist trainers throughout the diocese. Attendance of workshops provided by these trainers, for approved topics, count toward reaching levels of certification. Please find here approved catechist trainers for the Diocese of Lansing.

• 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.




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

Lenawee/Hillsdale Vicariate 

Livingston Vicariate 

Washtenaw Vicariate

Catechist Formation Session Evaluation Form

Reporting forms


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.


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Awareness Sessions for Adults

(duration of all sessions is 3 hours)

Saturday, January 30, 2016
St. Joseph Church
9425 Whittaker Road ,Ypsilanti
Facilitator:  Stanley Kukla II

Monday, February 01, 2016
Holy Family School
215 Orchard Street  Grand Blanc
Facilitator:  Terri Szukhent

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
7:30 PM
St. Mary Student Parish
331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor
Facilitator:  Siri Ibarguen

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
St. Mary Church
201 Westphalia St, Westphalia
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki

Thursday, April 14, 2016
St. Gerard Church
4437 West Willow Hwy, Lansing
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki
For more information, contact:
Safe Environment Coordinator
Reba Sommer, 517-342-2551 
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