Formation for Catechists

  • October 2, 2019
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
21 Brush Hill Rd, New Fairfield, Connecticut, 06812, United States

We are grateful to all our catechists and want to offer them support, resources, and formation. To make sure the young people and adults in our communities are served by those who are well-formed, all those who serve their parishes as catechists are required to enter into ongoing formation beginning September 1, 2019. The formation will be both online and face-to-face, and will be conducted by The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport. For those without consistent computer access, an offline workbook will be available.

Those required to participate include:

• Catechists in parish school of religious education
• Volunteers in Vacation Bible Camps or other pre-school programs
• RCIA team members
• Pre-Cana team members/sponsor couples
• Pre and Post Baptism team members
• Adult education team members

Pre-requisite to entering formation

Several months ago, all parishes were asked to make sure catechists serving in this important position were noted as such in the Virtus database. This notation must be done by someone in the parish with access to the Virtus database by placing a check mark next to the “role” of catechist. That list will be used to invite people into formation.

Formation Requirements

Unlike the grandfathering phase of formation for liturgical ministers, the online/offline learning will not begin for catechists until a face-to-face session is complete.

The face-to-face formation will include a video message from Bishop Caggiano, conversation among catechists, and an introduction to the online modules that will complete your formation. The gatherings will last approximately two hours.

“Teaching is a beautiful job, as it allows you to see the growth
day by day of people entrusted to your care.
It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually. It is a great responsibility.
Teaching is a serious commitment, that only
a mature and balanced person can undertake.”
Pope Francis, 2015

Sing-up below for this Face-to-face session on:
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – 7 pm @ St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield

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All available dates include:

September 24, 2019, 7 pm – St. Paul Church, Greenwich
September 30, 2019, 7 pm – St. Leo Parish, Stamford
October 2, 2019, 7 pm – St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield
October 5, 2019, 9 am – St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull
October 15, 2019, 7 pm – Assumption Parish, Westport
October 16, 2019, 7 pm – St. Mary Parish, Bethel
October 20, 2019, 2 pm – St. Joseph Church, Danbury
October 27, 2019, 2 pm – St. Mary Parish, Ridgefield
November 2, 2019, 9:30 am – St. Bridget of Ireland, Stamford
November 2, 2019, 1 pm – St. Andrew Church, Bridgeport
November 6, 2019, 7 pm – St. Elizabeth Seton, Ridgefield
November 7, 2019, 7 pm – St. Mary Church, Greenwich
November 9, 2019, 9 am – St. Joseph Church, Shelton
November 10, 2019, 9:30 am – St. Peter, Danbury
November 13, 2019, 7 pm – St. Aloysius, New Canaan
January 9, 2020, 7 pm – St. Rose of Lima, Newtown

If your parish would like to host a face-to-face session for catechists, please email The Leadership Institute.

  • October 2, 2019
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
21 Brush Hill Rd, New Fairfield, Connecticut, 06812, United States