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:


CHOSEN confirmation preparation and teen faith formation program training - September 13 and 14

CHOSEN is designed to offer teens a life-changing experience as they journey through their Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. This special day of formation offers leaders valuable insight and tools to confidently and inspirationally teach the program from Ascension Press. Colin MacIver will present a training for leaders, catechists and small group facilitators on September 13 at St Andrew the Apostle Parish, Saline, and September 14 at the Diocesan Center

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What is CHOSEN ? < click here for training brochure >


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

Clinton/Shiawassee Vicariate

Eaton/Ingham Vicariate 

Genesee Vicariate 

Jackson Vicariate 

Lenawee/Hillsdale Vicariate 

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)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
7:30pm
St. Andrew Church
910 Austin Drive, Saline
Facilitator: Nancy Carter
 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00pm
St Martha Church 
1100 West Grand River, Okemos
Facilitator: Jackie Rosalez 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00pm
Queen of the Miraculous Medal School
811 S. Wisner, Jackson
Facilitator: Brian Epkey 

Sunday, September 14, 2014
6:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2250 East Stadium Blvd , Ann Arbor
Facilitator:   Linda Miller facilitator
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
6:00pm
St. Mary Church
201 Westphalia Street, Westphalia
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:30pm
Holy Family Church
11824 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc
Facilitators: Jan Gravel and Terri Szukhent
 
Monday, September 22, 2014
6:00pm
St. Paul Church
111 North Howell Street, Owosso
Facilitator:  Deb Marston
Session in Fr. Kolenski Hall in lower level of church
 
Sunday, September 28
1:30pm
St. John Church and Student Center
327 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing
Facilitator:  Al Weilbaecher
 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
6:00pm
St. Gerard Church
4437 West Willow Street, Lansing
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki
 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:30pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2250 East Stadium Blvd , Ann Arbor
Facilitator:   Linda Miller facilitator
 
Wednesday, October 22
6:30pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
955 Alton Road, East Lansing
Facilitator: Al Weilbaecher
 
Monday, December 1, 2014
6:00pm
St. Paul Church
111 North Howell Street, Owosso
Facilitator:  Deb Marston
Session in Fr. Kolenski Hall in lower level of church
 

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.