Office for Catechesis (Archdiocese of Singapore)

Open House 2017: Saturday 8 July 2017 9am - 1.30pm


   


1. Archdiocesan Catechetical Trainers’ (ACT) Programme (for 2018 intake only)

OFC is looking for suitable candidates to be trained to become Archdiocesan Catechetical Trainers. Upon completion of the formation process, the Catechetical Trainers will assist OFC in conducting workshops and supporting the continued growth and formation of catechists at a diocesan, district and parish level.   


Selected candidates will be fully sponsored to undergo the following:

  • OFC Basic Catechist Certification
    OFC’s Basic Catechist Certification prepares catechists to conduct the OFC Curriculum at parish level.
  • Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis (MCC)
    Maryvale Institute is an international, distance-learning college based in the UK offering adult courses from further education to PhD level in a range of Catholic Studies, in particular, in the area of Catechesis. The MCC course has been used to trained catechists for many dioceses including England, Ireland, Scotland, Africa and USA. This course draws from the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and selected documents of the Second Vatican Council as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and catechetical teaching skills in the context of catechesis.
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) certificates for Level 1 and Level 2 (Part 1)
    The CGS formation introduces catechists to a faith formation process targeted for children aged 3-12 years that is deeply rooted in Liturgy, Sacraments, Scripture and Prayer. The formation provides catechists with the theological and pedagogical background needed in order to ensure that one catechises in fidelity to God and man.
  • OFC and parish attachments
    Candidates will have hands-on experience in catechetical sessions with children and youth; as well as training and formation sessions for adults, together with OFC staff.
Criteria: 

Candidates must be:

  • Catechists with proven expertise and recent experience in catechetical ministry of at least 5 years
  • Able to communicate and work effectively with other Catechists in a formal setting
  • Passionate about sharing their experiences to help others in the work of catechesis
  • Preferably experienced in using the OFC Catechetical Curriculum
  • Prepared to give minimum 2 years commitment to the formation process
  • Prepared to commit another 2 years upon completion of training to serve the Archdiocese per OFC direction
  • Prepared to receive ongoing feedback from OFC on their training processes and adjust as necessary
  • Prepared to be re-assessed if they choose to be re-certified as Catechetical Trainers after the completion of their 2 year bond.

*Those interested in the ACT programme are recommended to register to observe the Bridging Programme session if they have not done so before


2. Bridging Programme:

The Archdiocese needs Catechists and Assistant Catechists to help children, who have never had formal catechesis or missed catechesis for a number of years and need to ‘catch up’, integrate into their parish catechesis. Catechists and Assistant Catechists are needed for Levels 3 to 7 at the following Bridging Centres:

  • CAEC Bridging Centre (at 2 Highland Road)
  • East District Bridging Centre (based at Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour)
  • West District Bridging Centre (based at Blessed Sacrament Church)

Criteria: 

Candidates must be:

  • Catechists or Assistant Catechists 
  • with at least 1 year of prior catechetical experience, or
  • who are currently catechising or assisting children or youths.
  • Prepared to give minimum 1 year commitment to catechising or assisting at any of the Bridging Centres
  • Prepared to receive training from OFC in catechetical pedagogy and implement it in their bridging sessions.
  • Prepared to receive ongoing feedback from OFC on their catechetical pedagogy and process and adjust as necessary

*Those interested in the Bridging Programme are recommended to register to observe a Bridging Programme session if they have not done so before


3. Other Volunteer Opportunities with OFC

a) Adult Evangelisation: Help is needed to assist adults enquiring about the Catholic faith with:

    • one-to-one sessions
    • email help
    • telephone enquiries
    • conversing in dialects especially with the elderly

Criteria: 

Candidates must be Baptised & Confirmed Catholic Adults:

    • Preferably with experience in RCIA
    • Who are knowledgeable about the Catholic faith
    • Active in a Christian community
    • Able to share the faith in a non-confrontational and non-judgemental manner
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills
    • Able to commit at least 3 hours a week
b) Logistics & Administration: Help is needed to assist OFC Admin staff with:
    • On-site registration at courses and events
    • Preparing materials for courses and events
    • Event set-up and tear down
    • Other office work

Criteria: 

Candidates must:

    • Preferably have administrative or logistics experience 
    • Possess a pleasant demeanour
    • Be able to work well with others
    • Be able to commit at least 3 hours once a month at OFC venues
c) Making materials for Bridging Sessions e.g. posters, figures, charts etc…

Criteria: 

  1. Candidates must be:
    • Good with arts and crafts
    • Preferably Catholic with some knowledge of Scripture and Liturgy
    • Able to commit at least 2 hours a week (can work from home)
d) Media & Publicity: Help is needed in the following areas:
    • Designing posters and other collaterals e.g prayer cards, pamphlets etc…
    • Filming and photography for courses and events
    • Social media outreach for OFC programmes
    • Designing web sites 

Criteria:
Candidates must be:

    • Skilled in social media or web design or video/sound editing or desktop publishing or willing to be trained how to operate a camera.

    • Preferably with design/media training or experience 
    • Able to commit at least 2 hours a week (can work from home)


Interested catechists or assistants are also welcome to observe a Bridging

Programme session during the Open House.

Please note that there is a limit to the number of observers allowed per

session.


To register, please click on the link to fill in the registration form

before 3 July 2017: - https://goo.gl/forms/7814giItntXRmWS13