Office for Catechesis

FCC02 Learning to Listen and Facilitate

There are 2 variants to this course 
# Sessions05  Intensive - 02

#1 - #3:  Fridays

12, 19, 26 Mar 2021

7.30pm - 10.00pm

#4 : Saturday, 27 Mar 2021  

#5 : Sunday, 28 Mar 2021  

2.00pm - 4.30pm 

  • Sat 04 Sep 2021
  • Sat 11 Sep 2021
 To be confirmed

*Please be read the course confirmation email carefully. It contains further important instructions regarding access to the online sessions. Thank you.

Course Description

One of the fundamental tasks of catechesis is the initiation and education in community life (GDC #86); for we recognise that the Christian community is the source, locus and means of catechesis (GDC #158 & #254). However, ‘Christian community life is not realized spontaneously’ (GDC #86) – it needs to be cultivated.  Bringing people to a deeper love of the Truth is done more effectively through small group interactions and by doing so, we are intentionally modelling how Christian communities could come together to share their ‘God-encounters with each other’ in a ‘dialogue of faith-and-life’ (Tenets of the New Evangelisation).
In respect of this, the catechist and/or facilitator plays an important role as an ‘active witness to the Gospel, capable of sharing with others the fruits of his/her mature faith as well as stimulating intelligently the common search for faith’ (GDC #159).
In this course, participants will learn the key to facilitating small faith-sharing groups - which is how to listen authentically - as well as the practical skills needed to help the individuals and community grow in faith.

Course Purpose

This course aims to equip Catechist to

  • Listen with Awareness explores the language of listening and how my growing awareness is foundational toward listening from authenticity.

  • Listen from Authenticity examines the question, “how do I know and how do I listen from the wellsprings of authenticity that reside in me, in my inward being”

  • Listen to Act examines crux of the question is, “how am I listening to my neighbour today?” The one who has truly listened is the one who acts in mercy and compassion.

  • Facilitating for Growth explore and practice the skills needed to facilitate small group sessions as well as cover communication basics including managing conflict and enabling all participants to share.​ 


For effective application of Youth Curriculum - Sufficient facilitators sent for FCC: Learning to Listen and Facilitate based on proposed ratio of 12 youths to 1 facilitator

Lance Ng - Spiritual Director, Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality & Counselling

Lance is a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, He received his formal training at the Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, University of Divinity (Melbourne) with a graduate Diploma in Theology and a MA in Spiritual Direction.

Jane Lau

Jane is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is a catechist with over 16 years of experience. As the former Associate Director of the Office for Catechesis and Executive Director of the Office for New Evangelisation, she helped establish catechetical training programmes and curricula for the archdiocese. Trained in Law and Television, Jane has over two decades of experience as a Broadcast Journalist, Presenter and TV Producer, during which time she has conducted numerous interviews and facilitated panel discussions for TV and 'live' events. She is one of the founders of the Harvesters faith-sharing community and has conducted workshops on small-group facilitation for youth and adults, including a presentation on faith-sharing communities to Asian Bishops at the Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate on Youth.

Who should attend
  • Anyone facilitating small group discussions especially Youth Catechetical Facilitators & RCIA Facilitators. 
  • Catechetical Coordinators & Level Coordinators for Children and/or Youth
  • All Catechists & Assistant Catechists
  • Catechetical Assistants & Facilitators
Contribution Fee

Course Fees WAIVED by Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore

Notwithstanding the waiver of contribution fee, participants are required to register for all courses and events to assist us in the booking of appropriate rooms, the printing of materials and arrangement of tea and snacks, etc. In the event of foreseeable no-shows, we encourage participants to inform the office in advance to help prevent wastage of resources

Please Note
  1. Attendance - Participants must achieve 80% attendance for the modules registered. Please inform us if you are unable to attend the session.
  2. Course Notes - All course notes will be available via soft copy.
  3. Punctuality - Participants are encouraged to be punctual. Being more than THIRTY (30) minutes late for any session is deemed absent.
  4. Substitution - Request for substitution has to be made in writing, e.g., via email and subject to acceptance by OFC, subjected to eligibility requirements
  5. Withdrawal - As this course tends to be fully subscribed and to allow others on the wait-list to attend the course, a no-show penalty of the course fees may be imposed.
  6. Cancellation/Postponement of Courses - OFC reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In these circumstances, OFC will refund payments made, if any.