Catechists always say they learn so much about their faith by teaching it. So true! We don’t expect catechists to have all the answers. But we do expect catechists to continue to learn and grow as they teach. In the mean time, catechists can research any questions raised by students and get back to them at the next class. Catechists can speak to the pastor or Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) for help, or search reliable resources, such as the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website and the Catechism of the Catholic Faith (also online).
The Diocese of Superior requires catechists to begin a process of certification, to be completed over a 3-year span. Catechists who were earlier certified with a minimum of the BASIC level of certification, are now required to obtain 15 hours of continuing education every 5 years. The CRE will give you several opportunities to achieve these hours. Some are available at the parish; many throughout our Diocese. Speak to the CRE before looking to obtain hours outside our Diocese.
New catechists will begin to work toward a Foundational Certification. This level is achieved through online classes. The CRE will provide new catechists with the information needed to get set up for these classes. Classes include such topics as:
- The Scriptures
- I Believe, We Believe
- Liturgy and Sacraments
- Catholic Morality
- Prayer and Spirituality
- (A one-day retreat is also needed for certification.)
- The Learner
- Methods for the grade level you will be teaching.
- Attendance at a day retreat
The CRE will assist you through this process. Classes can be done online or with books and CDs at the parish.