What is involved?
To be a Catechist you need to be able to:
- Give around one hour each week to share your faith in a local government school.
- Do a little bit of preparation at home, using the lesson resources and work books provided for students and the Catechist.
- Participate in some training and support offered from time to time by the Parish and the Diocesan CCD Coordinator.
- Be a person in good standing with the Church eager to share the message of the Gospel and your love of God with young people, who are eager to hear it.
How can I get started?
There are some important requirements to becoming a Catechist.
- Interested new recruits need to complete and submit a Teacher Application Form to their Parish Priest. This form can be found in the Parish Resources under the Catechists drop-down menu on this site.
- Catechists need to complete a Working with Children Check Clearance (WWCC) to ensure that they have not been convicted of any offence against children.
- Initial Mandatory Training in Child Protection must be completed before you go into the classroom. This must be regularly updated.
- Unless something untoward occurs, a Catechist must be prepared to make a commitment for at least one year to prepare lessons and teach a class. This commitment would require about two hours per week.
- Catechists are expected to complete training before they begin teaching. Training can be completed online in most cases.
- Catechists are expected to update their training regularly, participating in Training sessions at least a couple of times during the year.
- Unless permission to do otherwise is given by the Parish Priest, Catechists are expected to teach from the approved program.
- To be a successful Catechist a person needs to be committed, prepared to attend school regularly and love working with children.
If you would like to know more on how to become a Catechist, please fill out our Expression of Interest Form below.