Office For Catechesis (Archdiocese of Singapore)

*ANNOUNCEMENT*

[LATEST] 24 April 2020 - Concerning Changes to Mid-Year Holidays

With reference to the Ministry of Education’s press release dated 21 April 2020 concerning the bringing forth of the Mid-Year Holidays to 5 May to 1 June 2020, we recommend that catechesis for children and youths continue in May as outlined in our schedules [For full details, CLICK HERE]


17 APR 2020 - SUSPENSION OF FACE-TO-FACE CATECHESIS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


In view of the recent circuit breaker measures in place, please note the suspension of face-to-face catechesis remains in effect until further notice.


We would also like to address the recent concerns over security issues with the use of online platforms such as Zoombombing, and enhanced security features on Zoom. [For full details, CLICK HERE]



03 MAR 2020 - RESUMING CATECHETICAL SESSIONS ONLINE
FROM 7/8 MARCH ONWARDS

On consultation with the Bishop, it was decided that e-Catechetical Sessions would be conducted online from 7/8th March onwards. [For full details, CLICK HERE]



DOWNLOAD - Catechesis Continuity Plan

[17 APRIL 2020]
Using Online Platform for Catechesis

OFC conducted 2 short demonstrations on 21 February 2020 on how to conduct a Catechetical session using online video conferencing platforms. Find the following materials HERE

  1. Catechesis Continuity Plan (V3.0) - Please ensure that the guidelines for keeping your online sessions safe are adhered to.
  2. Virtual Prayer Space (ppt)
  3. Online Session Eyebreak (ppt)
  4. A revised guide detailing Zoom settings to secure your meetings in reponse to recent news regarding risks using online video conferencing platforms.
  5. Letter to Parents Concerning Continuity Plan for Catechesis

[LATEST - 17 APR 2020]

CLICK HERE for Catechesis Continuity Plan (V3.0), which covers the following

- Hardware and software requirements for online learning
- Proposed roll-out schedule
- Using online platform in a catechetical setting
- Using the session outline in a cyber-prayer space
- Letter to Parents Concerning Continuity Plan for Catechesis
- !! ENHANCED Zoom settings to secure meetings !!

Further Guidelines for Prayer Spaces to help prevent or minimise the spread of COVID-19

[29 Jan 2020] In addition to the Health Advisory issued by the Ministry of Health (Singapore), Chancery Notice CHN/CN/2020/004 as well as the Leave of Absence (LOA) measures put in place by the Ministry of Education (Singapore), please click HERE for further guidelines suggested by OFC to help prevent or minimise the spread of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to catechetical members and candidates in the prayer spaces.


To guard against nCoV, we urge all involved in catechetical ministries as well as parents and candidates to remain vigilant and step up precautionary measures at home and in the prayer spaces by reinforcing personal and environmental hygiene. In the meantime, OFC will continue to monitor the relevant developments and promptly revise guidelines to take account of the latest developments, when necessary.


Latest Update - Courses and Events

Courses in March will proceed as scheduled. However, do note the possibility that sessions may be suspended or postponed on a short notice following further advisory by the Ministry of Health and/or the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. Participants are advised to check their emails for further notification concerning the status of the course they registered for.

ONLINE RETREAT FOR CATECHISTS

Monday, 25 May to Saturday, 30 May 2020

We invite you to a renewed encounter with the Lord that calls forth a desire to be authentic disciples with a passion to build the Kingdom of God. Through input sessions, group sharing, personal reflection time, and prayer ministry all done via Zoom in the prayer space you create in your own homes, let us hear the heartbeat of Christ amidst the wind and thunder.

Suspended

Foundational Catechesis Course

Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods [MORNING]

Thurs & Mons | 8 Sessions
13 April to 11 May 2020
9.30 am - 12.00 pm

This course, which focuses on the Children's Track ONLY,  consists of theoretical and practical application components, will introduce participants to the method of teaching as proposed by the Universal Church. 


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