"The Proper goal of our catechetical apostolate is not a theoretical knowledge of Christ and His mystery, but as perfect a living union with Him as possible."
The Art of Teaching Christian Doctrine: Good News and It’s Proclamation, Johannes Hofinger, S.J. & Francis J. Buckley, S.J.
The Office of Catechesis for the Diocese of Lansing (DOL) assists Bishop Boyea in his role as chief catechist to bring all people to the feet of Jesus Christ so that He can work in them the gift of salvation He won for them on the cross. The Office of Catechesis supports parish Pastors, DRE’s and other personnel to succeed in this mission. The recruitment of Catechists and their preparation plays a vital role in this great work.
A Catechist in the Diocese of Lansing is one who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They have the desire to teach and respond to a call from God to participate in the Church’s mission to lead and encourage others to the same.
The Catechist will foster that relationship through:
· An active prayer life
· Regular Participation in the sacraments
· Living a moral life
· Diligent study
The Diocese of Lansing provides formation for certification as a Catechist. The first step in this process is the attend a retreat called Kerygma Encounter. See below for details.
We're doing the summer Catechist Formation event a little different this year. Instead of the two week extravaganza we have put together new workshops for a ONE DAY EVENT, repeated in three locations, on August 3 and August 17.
The Kerygma Encounter Retreat is the first step in Catechist Formation for the Diocese of Lansing. All new and existing Catechists (including school teachers) are invited to attend this retreat. It proclaims the most essential elements of our faith, mysteries which make up the very root of our existence and purpose in life. This retreat is not your typical formation class. It is an opportunity for catechists to hear the awesome plan that God has for their lives and to respond to Him in prayer. The purpose is that these essential truths are why we do catechesis to begin with. It is vital that all catechists know these truths intimately.
Kerygma Encounter Retreats
St. John the Evangelist Community Center, Jackson, MI
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (includes Vigil Mass)
$20 per person
$20 per couple for marriage prep
(Payable at the door. Cash or Check. Make checks out to St. John the Evangelist Church)
Bishop Boyea has promulgated curriculum for Religious Education programs in both Parish RE programs and Catholic Schools. DRE's and Principals are responsible to insure that this curriculum is followed. Proper training and accountability should be in place to help Catechists map out their yearly schedule according to this curriculum. Approved texts should then be employed to teach the faith according to his plan.
Here is the list of approved Religious Education textbook series according to the USCCB's Conformity to the Catechism process.
Pondering Scripture in Our Hearts
The Diocese of Lansing is pleased to provide our theology curriculum addendum, correlating scripture with our learning outcomes, throughout the years of formation, K-12. It is our hope and prayer that our youth will reflect upon God's word as they are formed in their faith. As they ponder God's word in their hearts may they ever draw more closely to Jesus Christ. May they live the Gospel daily. May they be a light that others may be drawn into relationship with Jesus and his Church.
Guidelines for using Permission Forms
Click the links below for proper forms.
Here are three primary guidelines to consider to determine whether you need to use permission forms for a trip with youth.
Transportation: Are we providing/arranging/coordinating transportation? Are our people traveling together as a group? and is the travel itself part of the venture?
The event being treated as part of our program: Is the event being treated as an element of our own program? For our people, does attendance at the event take the place of a normally scheduled class or session? and are our people required/expected to attend?
Our own involvement in the event: Is our staff involved in the event? Are some of the presenters, coordinators, performers, speakers, etc., coming from us? Did we help organize or present the event?
Summary: We need permission slips if we are driving people to an event that we are incorporating into our curriculum with our staff being involved in the production of the event. We do not need permission slips if we are not providing transportation, are neutral about whether people choose to attend, and are not involved in the production of the event. We look to those three scales to figure out whether we have made this event ours; or whether it is someone else's event we are mentioning to our people, who are free to attend or not, as they see fit.
National Catechetical Sunday
National Catechetical Sunday, designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as the third Sunday in September each year, is set aside as an opportunity for all the baptized to rededicate themselves to the mission of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.