Modules for Phase I

  1. The Call to be a Catechist – a course that is foundational for Phase I, it allows the catechist to demonstrate an understanding of the rudiments of the Theology of the Catechetical Ministry. Certain areas are explored such as: the sacred call of the catechist and how that call continues to affect the Church, the definition of catechist and catechesis, and the importance of catechesis and its sources. An emphasis is made of the need to embrace, affirm, and empower the person of the catechist. (2 1/2 hours)
  2. Skills and Theory – this module helps the catechist to understand the catechetical process and the necessary initial skills to create and conduct a faith formation session. Components of this module include: the nature and tasks of catechesis, stages of faith development, lesson planning, the use of creative techniques, class management and the use of prayer in the catechetical setting. (2 1/2 hours)
  3. Sacraments – this module allows the catechist to demonstrate an understanding of the rudiments of Sacramental theology. In addition, the catechist would understand the sacred nature of ordinary life and how life events reveal the presence of God, why Jesus is the SACRAMENT, and how the sacraments are a distinguishing feature of Catholicism. The distinguishing characters of the seven sacraments are explained. (2 1/2 hours)
  4. Scripture – this module enables the catechist to comprehend a rudimentary familiarity with the Bible and an elementary understanding of the Bible’s meaning. The writings of the Bible, literary forms, the expression of truth as revealed in the Word of God, and the use of the Bible for personal growth are explored. (2 1/2 hours)
  5. Creed – this module teaches the basic tenets of the Catholic faith as found in the Creed. The catechist is shown that faith is more a response than a concept; the Trinitarian character of the Christian faith and religion is discussed by using examples from daily life. (2 1/2 hours)
  6. Morality – this module demonstrates an understanding of how Christian morality is rooted in Scripture. Attention is drawn to the meaning of the Ten Commandments and to the Sermon on the Mount as a moral document for Christianity. The continual need for “conversion of the heart” and the role the catechist plays in recognizing this need is emphasized. (2 1/2 hours)