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.


Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

The Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM) and the Diocese of Lansing will be offering its exciting Scripture Study at Church of the Resurrection, Lansing, beginning this fall.   Whether you have been a long-time student of the Scriptures or are a beginner, this four-year curriculum will provide an in-depth study of the entire Bible.  CBSM provides devoted and experienced faculty with graduate degrees in Catholic theology who will guide students through lectures, small-group discussions, and coursework.  Classes will meet weekly on Monday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm from September to May and will cost $580 a year plus textbooks. 

To learn more, plan to attend one of the Information Nights at the Church of the Resurrection Parish Hall, 127 Rumsey Ave., Lansing, at 7:00pm, July 6 or August 10.  For more information, call Deacon Jack Gardner, Director of CBSM, 313-274-4500.or visit .

Click here to view brochure for complete details (PDF)

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 

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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(duration of all sessions is 3 hours)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
St. Francis of Assisi School
2270 East Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor
Facilitator:  Linda Miller
Thursday, September 24, 2015
St. Gerard Church
4437 West Willow Hwy, Lansing
Facilitator: Ray Rzepecki
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2201 South Old US 23 Hwy, Brighton
Facilitator: Deacon Gary Prise
Monday, October 5, 2015
St. Thomas More Academy
6456 E. Bristol Road, Burton
Facilitator: Paul Johnston
Saturday, October 10, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas School
915 Alton Road, East Lansing
Facilitator: Annie Kitching
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas School
915 Alton Road, East Lansing
Facilitator: Annie Kitching
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:
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Sally Ellis at 517-342-2551 
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