Diocesan certification programs are often based on "clock hours," which is a unit for determining the time needed to attend a specific workshop or presentation. Many dioceses also offer catechist certification credit for reading books written especially for catechists and catechist formation in addition to other Catholic and spiritual books.
We at eCatechist recommend, as a guide, the assigning of two to four clock hours of credit when a catechist reads a book, completes the "Catechist's Learning Page" for that title, and presents it to and discusses it with their parish catechetical leader.
We also encourage catechists to gather together to discuss the highlights of what they have learned, when possible, in small reading circles of three to five participants.
As I was researching various topics on the internet, I discovered this excellent, engaging, and practical article for religion teachers by Margaret Felice (Religion teacher by day, opera singer by night).
4. Throughout the centuries, the Church has maintained her constant teaching on marriage and family.
One of the highest expressions of this teaching was proposed by the Second Vatican Council, in the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, which devotes an entire chapter to promoting the dignity of marriage and the family (cf. GS, 47-52).
This document defined marriage as a community of life and love (cf. GS, 48), placing love at the center of the family and manifesting, at the same time, the truth of this love in counter distinction to the various forms of reductionism present in contemporary culture.
The “true love between husband and wife” (GS, 49) implies a mutual gift of self and includes and integrates the sexual and affective aspects, according to the divine plan (cf. GS, 48-49).
Furthermore, Gaudium et Spes, 48 emphasizes the grounding of the spouses in Christ. Christ the Lord “comes into the lives of married Christians through the Sacrament of Matrimony,” and remains with them. In the Incarnation, he assumes human love, purifies it and brings it to fulfillment.
Through his Spirit, he enables the bride and groom to live their love and makes that love permeate every part of their lives of faith, hope and charity. In this way, the bride and groom are, so to speak, consecrated and, through his grace, they build up the Body of Christ and are a domestic Church (cf. LG, 11), so that the Church, in order to fully understand her mystery, looks to the Christian family, which manifests her in a real way.
I was a "reluctant catechist" who felt the need to serve my parish but was intimidated by the responsibility of teaching a group of kids the Catholic faith. I was also intimdated because I have no teaching experience. This book has helped me understand how to teach my lessons and help the children learn more from the lessons. It was also a quick read, so I was able to take just a little time but I learned so much. It was very helpful and I liked the short reflections.
After reading What Do I Do Now: A Guide for the Reluctant Catechist complete the Catechist's Learning Page for four (4) hours of credit for catechist certification
What Do I Do Now? A Guide for the Reluctant Catechist by Dan Pierson and Susan Stark - See more at: http://www.ecatechist.com/2014/07/httpscartpflaumcomproductphpproductid74cat22page1.html#sthash.1tyQhqF0.dpuf