About: The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
“Catechesis is a pillar of faith education and we need good catechists… teaching the faith is something beautiful! It is perhaps the best legacy we can pass on: the faith! To educate in the faith, to make it grow.” (Pope Francis, www.vatican.va)
In the words of Catechist coordinator Deacon Matt Ransom, being a Catechist is ‘epic.’ It is a chance to share your faith with interested young people. You will be trained, mentored and cared for by the team and Deacon Matt. It is a chance to be part of a larger team of 200 volunteers across the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese. If you like your faith in Jesus and would like to share it, then becoming a catechist might be for you. If you would like to know more or are unsure, come a watch a class in action.
As the primary faith educators of their children, parents will be first to heed these words of Pope Francis. To bring Jesus to our youth. His words also present a challenge to parish communities and to the Archdiocese as a whole, especially at a time when about 50% of our children are in schools other than Catholic. Religious Education in Government Schools (REGS) has long accepted this challenge on behalf of Catholic children not attending Catholic schools. In schools and parish Schools of Religion, thousands of children and their families in the Archdiocese, have heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and been nurtured in faith within our Catholic Church. This essential work is carried out chiefly by volunteers, who are well supported by pastors and parish communities. To these volunteers the whole Church owes a great debt. The Archdiocesan REGS team also makes an invaluable contribution, and I thank them here.
Catechists come in all shapes, sizes, ages and from all walks of life, reflecting the rich tapestry of our Church. Many Catechists start as a classroom helper and from there are eager to take on a class themselves. Once they have been introduced to the resources and given some basic training, Catechists are most likely to say, “I have so much I want to share with the students, but not enough time!” If you put your hand up to be involved, you’ll be really well supported with training and resources. It is a real truism, that in the process of teaching, the teacher also learns and grows.
The work of catechists, whether as Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers in schools or working in Parish Schools of Religion and Sacramental Programmes, is an essential part of the evangelizing mission of the Church. You will be ‘missionary Disciples’, working with the 200 Catechists who teach 2,500 children in government schools across the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.