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.



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 (Goodrich, October 6-7)

Ingham/Clinton/Eaton Vicariate 

Jackson Vicariate  (Clarklake, November 15)

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)

Thursday, November 6, 2014
St. John the Baptist Church
2099 North Hacker Road, Howell
Facilitator:  Jonathan Hill
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Good Shepherd Church
400 N Saginaw St, Montrose
Facilitator:  Lisa Lee

Sunday,  November 9, 2014
1:00 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas School
955 Alton Road, East Lansing
Facilitator:  Annie Kitching
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
St. John the Evangelist Church
600 North Adelaide, Fenton
Facilitator:  Jonathan Hill
(This session is for St. John Knights of Columbus
and will be in the K of C Hall)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
St. Joseph Church
415 Ormsby, Adrian
Facilitators:  Heather Marsh and Aimee Poissant
Session in the Parish Center Coffee Hour Room
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time:  TBA
Sacred Heart Chapel
1501 East Michigan Ave, Jackson
Facilitator:  Nubia Kestner
Session will be in Spanish
Monday, December 1, 2014
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

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