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:
Forming and supporting more than 3,000 catechetical leaders
Religious education programs
Catechetical programs for 34,000 children and adolescents
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.
Elementary religion curriculum
Catechist formation in the Diocese of Lansing
Genesee/Shiawassee Vicariate (Goodrich, October 6-7)
Jackson Vicariate (Clarklake, November 15)
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.
(duration of all sessions is 3 hours)
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.