Religious Education (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:

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



Catechist Formation Opportunities

A new component of the Catechist Formation Program is underway.  The Office of Catechesis has developed a retreat experience for Catechists. It is meant to aid our wonderful and dedicated catechists by giving them the opportunity to contemplate the mystery of God's plan to accomplish a loving union with them.  It will enrich their own spiritual lives as well as their work of catechesis. 

Next year this will be a normal part of the Catechist Formation program for the Diocese of Lansing.  You have the opportunity to experience it now.   


Kerygma Encounter

Place: Mt. Zion Catholic Community, 8228 N. McKinley Rd, Flushing, MI 48433

Date: Saturday February 24, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm. (Mass at 8:30)

Cost $25

Presenters: Todd Gale and Angel Koerkel, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, Jackson, MI




Catechist Formation Day

Feb 24th, 2018 - Hosted by St. Mary, Morrice

Classes include:

8:00 a.m.   -   #15 - Overview of the Bible, Fr. Jim Lothamer

10:00 a.m.  -  #16 - Old Testament Themes, Fr. Jim Lothamer

12:00 Lunch 

12:30 p.m.  -  #18 - New Testament Gospels, Pat Rinker

2:30 p.m.  -    #9 - Jesus Christ, Pat Rinker


See Bishop Barron share his views about the importance of having well-formed Catechists.  



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 collaboratively with the catechetical leaders in our parishes and schools.

We have many catechist who come to us from other dicoeses. Many of them have had excellent catechist formation. We also have parishes that have used excellent formation materials along with our catechist formation program. We wish to acknowledge these where the formation is equivalent to ours. We also want to make sure that the theological formation that they have had is accompanied with small group discussion and instruction on applying what they have learned to the classroom setting. For this reason we provide a chart of Diocese of Lansing Approved Equivalencies for Catechist Formation. Please review this chart regarding the granting of approved equivalencies from our Office of Catechesis.

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.

Models of Catechesis:
A Keynote address by His Eminence Avery Cardinal Dulles S.J.

Pondering Scripture in Our Hearts

The Diocese of Lansing is pleased to provide our theology curriculum addendum, correlating scripture with our learning outcomes, throughout the years of formation, K-12. It is our hope and prayer that our youth will reflect upon God's word as they are formed in their faith. As they ponder God's word in their hearts may they ever draw more closely to Jesus Christ. May they live the Gospel daily. May they be a light that others may be drawn into relationship with Jesus and his Church.

Introductory Letter from Bishop Boyea

Pondering Scripture in Our Hearts Elementary, K-8

Pondering Scripture in Our Hearts Secondary, 9-12

Catechist Formation  

Catechist Formation Guidelines

Genesee/Shiawassee Vicariate  (see listings above)

Ingham/Clinton/Eaton Vicariate 

Jackson Vicariate

Lenawee/Hillsdale Vicariate 

Livingston Vicariate 

Washtenaw Vicariate

Catechist Formation Session Evaluation Form

Reporting forms

Record of catechist formation

Sacramental Preparation


Click HERE for the schedule for Confirmation Masses for 2016-2017

Confirmation liturgical preparations

How to assist the bishop at the confirmation liturgy

Celebrating the sacrament of confirmation:
Protocol and preparation

First Communion:

First Communion interviews

Guidelines for using Permission Forms

Click the links below for proper forms.  

Parent/guardian permission form for field trips

Volunteer driver information sheet

Here are three primary guidelines to consider to determine whether you need to use permission forms for a trip with youth.

Transportation: Are we providing/arranging/coordinating transportation? Are our people traveling together as a group? and is the travel itself part of the venture?

The event being treated as part of our program: Is the event being treated as an element of our own program? For our people, does attendance at the event take the place of a normally scheduled class or session? and are our people required/expected to attend?

Our own involvement in the event: Is our staff involved in the event? Are some of the presenters, coordinators, performers, speakers, etc., coming from us? Did we help organize or present the event?

Summary: We need permission slips if we are driving people to an event that we are incorporating into our curriculum with our staff being involved in the production of the event. We do not need permission slips if we are not providing transportation, are neutral about whether people choose to attend, and are not involved in the production of the event. We look to those three scales to figure out whether we have made this event ours; or whether it is someone else's event we are mentioning to our people, who are free to attend or not, as they see fit.

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.