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|Download one or more of the following to keep track of Theological Foundation and Catechist Specialization courses as they are taken:|
|Tracking Booklet (Word)||Letter-Sized Tracking Packet (PDF)||Pocket-Sized Tracking Guide (PDF)|
|Once all Theological Foundation and Specialization courses are finished, the entire completed booklet should be submitted to your Principal or Ministry Coordinator so they may provide a copy of it to the diocese.|
Part II outlines the specialization courses for parish religious education catechists. (Specialization courses vary by ministry.)
PART II: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CATECHIST SPECIALIZATION COURSES
Course Number and Title
Characteristics of Human Development
|The National Directory for Catechesis reminds us that “God reveals himself to us gradually and in stages, drawing us ever closer in order to prepare us to welcome the culmination of God’s self-revelation in …Jesus Christ” (NDC 16A). In understanding the continuous cycle of growth and development that occurs throughout life we are better equipped to partner with parents to engage children in an exciting journey of faith.|
Roles of the Catechist
|Catechists are more than “content experts”! We are members of the Church community who have received and responded to a call from God to assist parents in forming their children in faith. The Roles of the Catechist focuses on our key roles.|
Child and Youth Ministry and the Law
|Discussion of the essential information concerning civil law and its impact on Church institutions, programs and catechetical personnel.|
|Methods for Teaching
Grades 1 and 2
Grades 3 and 4
Grades 5 and 6
|Methods courses provide an introduction to the child’s unique learning needs and age-appropriate ways to evangelize and catechize in parish religious education programs.
Methods for students in grades 7 – 12 are provided in Youth Ministry specialization training courses.
Using the Echoes of Faith booklets published by RCL Benziger, your parish group may complete some of the specialization courses on your own.
Interested? Here are the basics:
Faith formation is a life-long process that requires continual participation and engagement. Ongoing formation may include personal reading, Catholic retreats, pilgrimages, college courses in theology, attending a variety of local and national training sessions or conferences, etc. (Ongoing Formation is indicated by 500-level courses.)
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