Become a Catechist

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” ​Jeremiah 29:13

What does it take to be a Catechist?​

Catechist / Catechetical Assistant

(Children and Youth)

  • 19 years and above

  • Received ALL initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation

  • Be a practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church, lifestyle should bear witness to teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church

  • Ready to learn and transmit the teachings of the Catholic Church

  • Enjoy working with children, if you intent to be a Catechist for children and/or youth

Catechetical Trainee

​(can be attached to FY - L6)

  • 13 - 18 years

  • Received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist

  • Be a practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church, lifestyle should bear witness to teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church

  • Ready to learn and transmit the teachings of the Catholic Church

  • Enjoy working with children

Expectations of those in the Catechetical Ministry

All those involved in the work of catechesis are role models of Catholic teachings and values. They are expected:

  • to be a practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church who participates fully in the communal worship and life of the Church;

  • to present a prayerful, positive, Catholic role model for young people, families, and others;

  • to teach Catholic Church teachings; the Catechetical Session is not a forum for personal beliefs not in conformity with these teachings;

  • to complete diocesan requirements for those in catechetical ministry;

  • to comply with the policies for general conduct with children and youth defined in the document Keeping Communion(available upon request from Catechetical coordinators);

  • to comply with the Code of Conduct for Teachers of the Faith (Archdiocese of Singapore);

  • to continue his/her own faith formation through participation at workshops, courses, retreats, bible studies or other avenues;

  • to follow the curriculum set by the parish and to prepare sessions, organize activities, and seek assistance as needed toward that aim;

  • to work as a team with the Catechetical Coordinator, co-catechists, other members of the catechetical team, the pastoral staff, clergy and parents and to recognize that parents are the primary catechists of their children;

  • to be able to relate well with others, especially children, youth, and their parents;

  • to make a good faith commitment to know and follow the OFC Guidelines for Catechetical Ministries;

  • to make a good faith commitment to have excellent attendance with an earnest effort at securing a substitute and timely notification of co-catechist and Catechetical Coordinator when an absence is necessary;

  • to understand his/her obligation and responsibility to protect children and youth and agree to report known or suspected abuse of children or youth to appropriate Church leaders and state authorities in accordance with the Procedures outlined in the Keeping Communion and Policy and Procedure for Handling Sexual Abuse of Minors by the Clergy documents;

  • to never underestimate the power of prayer!

Recommended Courses

Foundational Course in Catechesis

The course is considered as an essential course that every catechist should attend. It provides fundamental knowledge, as well as, methodology on how to catechize and use OFC's curriculum effectively

  • Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods

  • Learning to Listen and Facilitate

  • Five Strategies for Living Out the Virtues

  • Introduction to RCIA

Basic Course in Catechesis

The course equips catechists with basic knowledge of the Bible, Liturgy and the Catechism to be able to engage candidates during catechetical sessions.

  • Liturgy – The Mass

  • Scripture

  • Sacraments

  • Evangelization and Mission Workshop

  • Christian Anthropology

  • Introduction to Morality

Elective Course in Catechesis

  • Introduction to Virtues

  • Human Sexuality (Sexual Ethics)

  • Catholic Social Teaching (Social Ethics)

  • Bioethics

  • Liturgical Principles

  • Can I ask you something?

  • Introduction to Supporting Special Needs Catechesis

and more...

Craft of Catechesis Workshop

  • Planning Parent Formation

  • Planning First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion Retreat

  • Planning Confirmation Retreats for Youths

  • Introducing Visual Journaling in Catechesis

  • Managing Youths in Prayer Space


and more...

I'm Keen to be a Catechist, What's Next?

OFC conducts courses, throughout the year, to help equip catechists with sufficient basic knowledge and methodology (pedagogy) on how to catechise, as well as, to use OFC's curriculum effectively.


Our recommendation is to complete the Foundational Course in Catechesis (FCC) and Basic Course in Catechesis (BCC).


The timeframe to complete the FCC / BCC is 3 years, from the start of the first course.


In the meantime, we suggest contacting your Parish Catechetical Coordinator for a chat to find out more about being a Catechist.


You may consider downloading this form for submission, however, please check if your parish has its own version of the application form.

Eligibility for Access to Catechetical Exchange

To gain access to the following curriculum on the Catechetical Exchange, you will need


Children's curriculum - Foundation Year to Level 6 (FY - L6)

  • 100% attendance for FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Children's Track)

  • * Submission of FCC01 Assignment Paper

*Updated Jan 2021


Youth curriculum - Level 7 / Level 8 (L7/L8)

  • 100% attendance for FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Youth Track)

  • ​Submission of FCC01 Assignment Paper


Youth curriculum - Level 9 / Level 10 (L9/L10)

  • 100% attendance for FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Youth Track)

  • ​Submission of FCC01 Assignment Paper

  • as well as 100% attendance for FCC02 Learning to Listen and Facilitate ​


Once you have met the above eligibility based on the levels you are catechizing, you will receive an email with login details to the Catechetical Exchange.

Access to Catechetical Exchange​

Click here for access.

If you have lost your access to the exchange, please email us.