Reading Your Bible: The Journey That Will Change Your Life by Steve Mueller is a free 20 page booklet inviting individuals to begin the journey. Questions for journaling and discussion follow each of the eight topics.
This Sunday we begin using the lectionary readings from Matthew's Gospel. This PDF booklet is ideal for yearlong formation of catechists, Eucharistic ministers, readers and the adults in the parish. We are offering you Through the Year with Matthew's Gospel for $2.99. Please spread the word through the bulletin, website, and email. Thank you.
One of the first questions any new catechist asks is, “What’s my role?”
In 2005 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published the National Directory for Catecheses to help answer that question by outlining six important tasks for the catechists.
So in this helpful book about the catechist’s role, the chapters highlight those tasks. The reader is encouraged to reflect on each task and to dialogue with other catechists about the contents of the book. Each chapter is written by a leader or practitioner in the catechetical field who is or has been engaged in catechist formation.
Catechesis: Sources, Nature and Purpose by Sue Grenough
Promoting Knowledge of the Faith by Rose L. Bennett
Liturgy and Sacraments by Joyce Ann Zimmerman, C.PP.S.
Moral Formation in Christ by Patrick R. Guentert
Praying with Christ by Leisa Anslinger
Life and Mission of the Church by Martin Arsenault
Christians in Society by LaVerne E. Bertin
The Role of the Catechist is an ideal book for introducing catechists to the catechetical mission of the Church. After each chapter there are questions for understanding and application.
Many dioceses will offer two (2) clock hours of certification certification credit for independent reading and the completion of a Catechist's Learning Page on this book.
Only a little over a year into his papacy, Pope Francis (@Pontifex) is being hailed by the news media, Christians, and non-Christians alike as a refreshing figure in the Vatican. His humility, piousness, and forward-thinking ideas rooted in the Bible have been celebrated around the world.
“I am grateful to the Holy Father for challenging us to act faithfully as good stewards of God’s creation. The encyclical Laudato Si' addresses the interrelatedess of our economy, our environment and our moral call to care for each other. It focuses on the value proper to each creature and the human meaning of ecology while seeking a forthright and honest debate. I look forward to studying this document and discussing how its teachings can be applied in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. In West Michigan we are fortunate to have a strong tradition of cooperation among local government and business to foster a commitment to sustainability of our natural resources. Through the issuance of this important document, Pope Francis builds upon the teaching tradition of the Church as he echoes the concerns and insights of his predecessors.”
Bishop David J. Walkowiak, Diocese of Grand Rapids
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.
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