Office for Catechesis

Courses & Events

 "... the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, 

whom the Father will send in my name, 

will teach you all things and 

will remind you of everything I have said to you."

- John 14:26

The Catechetical Exchange

Courses will be conducted online and 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.

BCC01
Liturgy:

The Mass

Tuesdays (5 Sessions)

04, 11, 18, 25 Aug |

1 Sep 20202

7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

ONLINE



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FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods

TUESDAYS  (8 Sessions)

06, 13, 20, 27 October | 
03, 10, 17& 24 November 2020
7.30pm - 10.00pm
Church of St Ignatius

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- CANCELLED -

FCC02
​Learning to Listen 
​and Facilitate

SATURDAYS  (2 Sessions)
24 October 2020 | 9.30am - 5.00pm 
31 October 2020 | 10.00am - 4.00pm

Church of St. Bernadette


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Foundation Catechesis Course






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™

    Who should attend

    • Catechetical Coordinators & Level Coordinators for Children and/or Youth
    • All Catechists & Assistant Catechists
    • Catechetical Assistants & Facilitators
    • RCIA Coordinators, Facilitators &; Sponsors
    FCC01
    FCC02
    FCC03
    *Eligibility for Access to Catechetical Exchange
    FCC01

    FCC01 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (ICPCM)

    Course Description

    This course, which consists of theoretical and practical application components, will introduce participants to the method of teaching as proposed by the Universal Church. 

    Course Purpose

    The purpose of this course is to equip catechists with the

    Theoretical knowledge of

    • The Aim and Purpose of Catechesis*  
    • The Pedagogy of God and the 12 Characteristics of Catechesis* 
    • The Catechetical Methodologies
    • The Ecclesial Method

    In addition, for

     Children’s and Youth TrackRCIA Track
    • The planes of development of children and youths of different age groups and how this affects the way faith is handed to them*
    • The Archdiocesan Catechetical curricula overview
     Overview o BOW
    • Understanding the scrutinies as rites for self-searching and repentance

    Practical applications of catechesis by providing them with the opportunities to:

    • Learn how to use the Catechism of the Catholic Church*
    • Craft reflection questions*
    • Experience how presentations are to be offered in the prayer space through demonstration by trainers
    • Participate in group presentations using existing session plans and learn from their peers

    In addition, for RCIA Track

    • Learn how to prepare for and lead a BOW session
    • Learn how to plan and lead a session to better meet the spiritual purpose of the scrutinies

    Note:


    * Participants who had previously completed Parish Team Training or Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy (before 2015) are exempted from the first 4 sessions of this module. Notwithstanding participants are encouraged to attend the course as a refresher as new content has been added.


     Upon completion of both the theoretical and practical application components as well as meeting pre-requisites, participants attending the Children’s or Youth Tracks will be given direct access to the respective curriculum.

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    FCC02

    FCC02 Learning to Listen and Facilitate (LLF)

    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

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    FCC03

    FCC03 The Five Strategies of the Virtues Project™ (5SVP) 

    Course Description

    The Virtues Project™ is a global initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. This workshop aims to empower catechists and parents to encourage those in their care to live more authentic and meaningful lives by creating safe, caring and learning communities.

    The Virtues Project™ was honoured by United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a “model global program for families of all cultures”. It is being used to transform families, schools, businesses, organizations in over 100 countries.

    This 2-part course covers the following

    • Speak the Language of the Virtues
    • Recognize Teachable Moments
    • Set Clear Boundaries
    • Honour the Spirit
    • Offer Companioning

    Course Purpose

    • Inspire and encourage others to reveal their virtues, including openness, self-mastery, awe and co-operation
    • Replace shaming and negative language with positive inspiring speech
    • Set clear boundaries that are simple, clear and measurable to create a climate of respect and peace
    • Find ways to facilitate reflection and create beauty and awe
    • Support and mentor children/youths when they face moral dilemmas or need to resolve conflict
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    *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.

    Basic Catechesis Course









    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.
      BCC01
      BCC02
      BCC03
      BCC04*
      BCC05**
      BCC06*
      BCC Retreat Fulfillment Requirement
      *BCC Retreat Endorsement Submission
      BCC01

      BCC01 Liturgy: The Mass 

      Course Description

       In this module, catechists will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of liturgical worship in our lives as Christian disciples.   

      Topics include

      1. Introduction to the Eucharist   
      2. Semitic Roots of the Eucharist
      3. Memorial: Christ’s Action Realising Semitic Hope 
      4. Kerygma: Doxology of the Eucharist 
      5. Parousia: The Lord’s Prayer & Being Sent Fort

      Course Purpose

      This module seeks to provide participants with

      • A better understanding of the importance of liturgical worship in our lives as Christian disciples
      • A better understanding of how liturgy celebrates both the paschal mystery of God and our relationship with Him. 
      • An appreciation of rituals and symbols as expressions of the way the Church enters into the mystery of Christ.
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      BCC02

      BCC02: Scripture

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      BCC03

      BCC03: Evangelisation and Mission Workshop 

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      BCC04*

      BCC04: Introduction to Morality* 

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      BCC05**

      BCC05 Human Sexuality**

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      BCC06*

      BCC06: Catholic Social Teaching** 

      Course Description

      This course seeks to introduce to the participants the Church's teaching on matters of social justice, involving issues of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state. It aims to facilitate catechists in their understanding and practice of what it means to uphold the Catholic identity as agents for love, peace and justice, called to build a just society that respects the life and dignity of the human person.


      Topics include

      1. Introduction to Catholic Social

      2. Human Persons & Common Good

      3. Layered Societies & Social Principles

      4. Work and Economy

      5. Leadership & Globalization

      6. Catechetical Praxis and Applications

      Course Purpose

      This course seeks to provide participants with

      • An appreciation for the indispensable need for the lifelong formation of moral conscience; and
      • An appreciation for the need to cultivate and the practice of both human and theological virtues so that in seeking happiness which inspires one’s activities, one might be drawn to God who alone can fulfill it;
      • help participants develop an appreciation for moral formation in catechesis in light of the divine pedagogy
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      BCC Retreat Fulfillment Requirement
      In addition, catechists are required to attend at least one of the following retreats 
      *BCC Retreat Endorsement Submission

      To complete the retreat fulfillment requirement for the completion of the Basic Catechesis Course (BCC), 

      please submit details of your retreat fill up this form. 

      Craft of Catechesis Workshop



      • CCW01 Planning Parent Formation
      • CCW02 Planning First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion Retreat 
      • CCW03 Planning Confirmation Retreats for Youths 
      • CCW04 Orientation for Catechists / Catechetical Assistants 

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      RCIA Course



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

      • RCIA01 Introduction to RCIA
      • RCIA02 RCIA Sponsors' Training
      RCIA01 Intro to RCIA
      RCIA 02 Sponsors' Training
      Requirements to be a Sponsor
      *Apply as RCIA Sponsor
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      Requirements to be a Sponsor
      If you
      • are 19 years and above
      • have received all the Sacraments of Initiation i.e. Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist
      • are 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 i.e. living a sacramental life and is not in an irregular marriage or living a life of habitual sin
      • are ready to learn and share the Good News as well as the gift of faith
      • enjoy working with adults
      Read more about being a sponsor here
      *Apply as RCIA Sponsor
      If you feel called to SHARE your faith and journey with others, we need you! 


      Fill in the application today!

      Catechist Elective Course



      • CEC01 Introduction to Virtues 
      • CEC02 Sacraments
      • CEC03 Handling Questions of Faith
      • CEC04 Learning to Listen 2
      • CEC05 Liturgical Principles 
      • CEC06 Praying the Divine Office 

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      CEC03
      CEC04
      CEC05
      CEC06
      BCC01

      CEC01: Introduction to Virtues (ITV)

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      CEC03: Handling Questions of Faith (HQoF)

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      CEC04: Learning to Listen 2

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      CEC05: Liturgical Principles (LP)

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