Catechist Resources

                                                                   WELCOME CATECHISTS AND VOLUNTEERS

     This page will help facilitate the sharing of resources aimed at making catechesis more fun and more effective for our youth, families and you- the most important facet of religious instruction here at Peace of Christ Parish.

Visit this link to view the most current CASE newsletter.

NEW RESOURCE FROM OUR DIOCESE (Jan. 2017):  Forming Faith

Save the date: Catechetical Sunday is September 17, 2017. 

Find, borrow and share lesson plans in our Catechist Dropbox.

USCCB for free webinars on catechesis and a variety of topics.

General Directory for Catechesis by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Audio-Visual Library at the Diocese of Rochester for movie rentals.

Our Sunday Visitor USCCB/lectionary & lesson plans.

RCL Benziger Lectionary Themes for lesson plans. 

Traditional Catholic Prayers from Loyola Press.

Diocesan Religion Curriculum/Standards:

PreK Through Grade 5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Children's Prayers from Loyola Press.

Catechists, now is the time to begin or complete the diocesan online certification program. USERNAME: catechist / PASSWORD: teacher

                                                                        Diocesan Policy Regarding Catechists

     All catechists in Catholic schools and parish programs are to be certified either through the diocesan certification program “Alive In Christ” or through accredited theological/religious education institutions.

     Before a catechist begins working, she or he becomes a "Commissioned Catechist." This initial entry into catechetical ministry has associated responsibilities that are to be discussed with the school principal or with catechetical leadership. These responsibilities might include an initial meeting, participating in a commissioning service, or engaging in a brief overview of catechetical ministry.

     The catechist then begins "Foundational Certification," a selection of approximately 30 introductory level sessions (each 2 hrs. in length). Some are theological, some highlight pedagogy, and some are specific to catechetical ministries (sacraments, youth, adults, etc.). A commissioned catechist has 3 years to complete the Foundational Certification.
     Upon completion of Foundational Certification, a catechist begins "Master Level" sessions. These are primarily theological and cover the content of the diocesan religion curriculum. A Master Level session worksheet is available to track progress.

     Regardless of whether a catechist is pursuing Foundational or Master Level Certification, every catechist is expected to complete a minimum of 10 hours (5 sessions) of formation every two years.  Access the Diocese of Rochester's Department of Evanglization and Catechesis link to the online certification modules described above. USERNAME: catechist     PASSWORD: teacher

In addition, all catechists and volunteers must complete the appropriate CASE training online before beginning any volunteer activities at the parish: PLEASE VISIT OUR PARISH'S CASE PAGE FOR DIRECTIONS AT CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT 

For more information, contact Melissa Mang for any questions regarding CASE training, including first-time users or renewals, please call (585) 288-5000, ext. 121.