Office For Catechesis (Archdiocese of Singapore)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church points us to the realization that catechesis is a craft – that catechists are being called to be “apprenticed in the Lord’s own school” to learn principles and how to work out this craft.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis by Pierre de Cointet, Barbara Morgan and Petroc Willey

Courses

The Office for Catechesis conducts courses throughout the year, primarily for catechists; however, those not presently in the catechetical ministries are also welcome to attend.


  • Catechetical Coordinators should complete the Archdiocesan Catechetical Coordinator Course.
  • Catechists for Pre-primary, Primary, Youth and Adults should complete the Foundational Catechesis Courses (FCC) and the Basic Catechesis Course (BCC).
  • Specialised RCIA Courses are available for those in the RCIA ministry.
  • Catechist Elective Courses (CEC) are also available on various topics

Please refer to the following tabs for more information on the courses above

  • FCC Modules
  • BCC Modules
  • RCIA Modules
  • ACCC
  • Elective Courses
FCC Modules

The Foundational Catechesis Course comprises 3 modules:

  • Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods
  • Learning to Listen and Facilitate
  • 5 Strategies of the Virtues Project

 Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (ICP&CM)

This 8-session course will introduce participants to the method of teaching as proposed by the Universal Church. 

Theoretical Component*

During the first 4 sessions of the course, catechists will learn about:

  • The Pedagogy of God
  • Liturgical Catechesis
  • how to craft and plan their catechetical sessions.

Practical Application Component

During the final 4 sessions of the course, catechists can opt for the Primary, Youth, LOWC and RCIA tracks, where they will be introduced to:

  • 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 Curriculum (for primary and youth tracks)
  • the format of a catechetical session and sample presentations specifically for their respective ministries.

Upon successful completion (100% attendance) of the course, participants who attended the Primary or Youth Tracks will be given direct access to the respective Archdiocesan Catechetical curriculum.

Note: 

* Participants who had previously completed Parish Team Training or Intro to Catechetical Pedagogy are exempted from Sessions 1, 2 and 3 of this course. Upon completion of Sessions 4,5, 6, 7 and 8 of the course, participants attending Primary or Youth Tracks will be given direct access to the respective curriculum. ** Pre-requisite for youth catechists to get access to L9 & L10 curriculum is completing the Learning to Listen and Facilitate course.

*The ICP & CM is one of the essential modules for catechists to gain access to the Children's and Youth curriculum


 Learning to Listen and Facilitate

In this module, participants will be introduced to 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. 

*This is one of the essential modules for catechists to gain access to the Level 9 and 10 Youth curriculum.


 5 Strategies of the Virtues Project

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.

BCC Modules
RCIA Modules
ACCC
Elective Courses

Prerequisites for attending OFC Courses:

  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • For BCC Certificates, participants must have attended all modules with at least 80% attendance before they can receive their certificate. 
  • All modules for each level should be completed within a period of 3 years in order to receive the certificate.

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