Office for Catechesis

Becoming 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, have 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, and have 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 Gospelof 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, organise 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 recognise 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 Communionand Policy and Procedure for Handling Sexual Abuse of Minors by the Clergy documents; 

  • to never underestimate the power of prayer!

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

OFC conducts courses, through out 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 Catechesis Course (FCC) and Basic Catechesis Course (BCC). 

The timeframe to complete the Foundational / Basic Catechesis Course (FCC / BCC) is 3 years, from the start of the first course module.


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 application form for submission, however, please check if your parish has its own version of the application form.

Download Catechetical Ministry Application Form

Courses & Events

Foundational Catechesis Course (FCC)
The FCC is considered as an essential course that every catechist should attend.  It provides sufficient fundamental knowledge, as well as, methodology on how to catechise and use OFC's curriculum effectively.

FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods 
FCC02 Learning to Listen and Facilitate 
FCC03 The Five Strategies of the Virtues Project™

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Basic 
Catechesis Course (BCC)

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

BCC01 Liturgy - The Mass
BCC02 Scripture 
BCC03 Evangelisation and Mission Workshop 
BCC04* Introduction to Morality
BCC05** Human Sexuality 
BCC06** Catholic Social Teaching

In addition, catechists are required to attend a retreat.
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Craft of Catechesis Workshop
(CCW)

  • Planning Parent Formation
  • Planning First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion Retreat
  • Planning Confirmation Retreats for Youths
  • Orientation for Catechists / Catechetical Assistants


... and more

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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) 
Courses

In addition to the FCC and BCC, all involved in the RCIA Ministry are enouraged to attend the following


RCIA01 Introduction to RCIA
RCIA02 RCIA Sponsors' Training
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Catechist 
Elective Course (CEC)

  • Introduction to Virtues
  • Sacraments
  • Handling Questions of Faith
  • Learning to Listen 2 
  • Liturgical Principles
  • Praying the Divine Office


... and more

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Archdiocesan Catechetical Coordinator Course (ACCC)

Specially crafted for Parish Catechetical Core Teams and Coordinators - Children, Youth, RCIA, Litugry of the Word for Children (LOWC)

  • What is Catechesis?
  • The Content of Faith – The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Subject of Faith – Christian Man
  • The Sources of Faith – Liturgy and Scripture
  • The Craft of Catechesis
Archdiocesan 
Catechists’
Retreat

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.
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​Events ​@ ​OFC
Launch of
Catechetical Year

Thank you for attending the Launch of Catechetical Year 2020 - "Being Called".


"Catechists are first called to be discipled, then be a disciple to others," said Fr Terence Kesavan, Catechetical Director of the Office for Catechesis. 


May we all pray for "a Church that is growing in its catechesis, a Church where the people are growing in their faith and knowledge".


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Upcoming Courses and Events

​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)


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 catechising, you will receive an email with login details to the Catechetical Exchange.

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