Pope Francis' Message to Catechists: "Catechesis is a pillar of faith education and we need good catechists! Thank you for your service to the Church and in the Church. Even if at times it may be difficult and require a great deal of
work, and although the results are not always what we hope for, teaching the faith is something beautiful! It is perhaps the best legacy we can pass on: the faith! To educate in the faith, to make it grow. To help children, young people and adults to know and love the Lord more and more is one of the most exciting aspects of education. It builds up the Church! ”  

ADDRESS OF HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
: TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE PILGRIMAGE OF CATECHISTS, Friday 27, September 201
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Faith Formation Volunteers Needed
YOU are very important to our program!


It has been a long tradition at Corpus Christi that our parish family has offered their time and talents. It is through caring, sharing and praying that our community has grown in love and support of one another. The success of our religious education program depends on the dedicated individuals in our parish willing to share their time, talents and faith with the adults and the future church, our parish children. We encourage all our parishioners, as well as parents of children in our program to help out in some way. We are always in need of catechists, classroom aides, substitute teachers, and safety monitors who oversee the arrival and dismissal of our students. Please consider volunteering as a catechist in our Children's Liturgy of the Word program or as a catechist in our Adult and Youth Faith Formation program.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.  
In peace, Eileen Earle  
518-877-8196 or faithformation@corpuschristichurch.net


This is Where You can Help:

Catechist grades K-5 :
  • Prepare lessons using a teacher’s Manual and other available approved resources.  Lesson preparation (may require 1 hour a week to plan).
  • Teach the scheduled classes (September through May).
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class to set up and greet youth.
  • Teach a class (75 minutes) each week and attend, and when necessary assist during, Assembly time (15 minutes).
  • Clean up after class.
  • Secure a substitute catechist when unavailable to teach.
  • Attend yearly catechist training in late summer (at least 90 minutes).
  • Attend catechist meetings and training/workshops (at least two 90 minute sessions).
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Catechist grades 6-12 :
* June 2015 ~ this catechetical role is currently under review and the role's responsibilities may be modified.  Please check back.
  • In collaboration with the Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Coordinators plan group sessions (September through May).
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class to set up and greet youth.
  • Teach a class (90 minutes).
  • Clean up after class.
  • Secure a substitute catechist when unavailable to teach and provide the sub the lesson material.
  • Attend yearly catechist training in late summer (at least 90 minutes).
  • Attend catechist meetings and training/workshops (at least two 90 minute sessions).
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Adult Faith Formation Catechist :
  • In collaboration with the Faith Formation Coordinator plan group sessions (September through May).
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class to set up and greet attendees.
  • Teach a class (90 minutes).
  • Clean up after class.
  • Secure a substitute catechist when unavailable to teach and provide the sub the lesson material..
  • Attend yearly catechist training in late summer (at least 90 minutes).
  • Attend catechist meetings and training/workshops (at least two 90 minute sessions).
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Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Catechist :

  • Prepare lesson using the appropriate weekly scripture and provided material from the Faith Formation office or using approved Catholic resources.
  • Arrive before the beginning of Mass to set up.
  • Teach the scripture lesson (20 minutes).
  • Clean up after class.
  • Secure a substitute catechist when unavailable to teach.
  • Attend yearly catechist training in late summer (at least 90 minutes).
  • Attend catechist meetings and training/workshops (at least two 90 minute sessions).
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Substitute Catechist:
  • Teach the lesson provided by the Catechist and assume the other responsibilities of the Catechist.
  • Attend yearly catechist training in late summer (at least 90 minutes).
  • Attend catechist meetings and training/workshops (at least two 90 minute sessions).
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Adult, Parent & Teen Classroom Aides ~ Grades K-5:
  • Teens and adults are needed to assist the Catechist by helping take attendance, taking children to the bathroom, helping to keep order and assisting the catechist in anyway needed.

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Gate Keeper :

Volunteers are needed to oversee the arrival and dismissal of faith formation youth.  Responsibilities include:

  • Must be at least 21 years old.

  • Monitor the Parish Hall front entrance.

  • Require sign in/out of youth.

  • Custodian of site First Aid Kit.

  • Custodian of Crisis and Safety Management Manual.

  • Attend yearly Gate Keeper training session.

  • Virtus: Protecting God's Children training required, as well as a background check, and signed Code of Conduct Policy.

Ten Top Reasons to Become a Catechist

~ Joe Paprocki

Qualifications of a Catechist

A catechist must be at least 18 years old, a practicing Catholic in good standing who attends weekly Mass, has a desire to grow in faith and share their journey with others.  A successful catechist is kind, has a sense of one's own self worth, a sense of humor and can be flexible.  He or she has the ability to relate well to others, communicate knowledge effectively in both word and deed, is generous with their time and talent, and the willingness to be a service to the Church.

Diocesan requirements of a Catechist
All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application, attend a one time Virtus: Protecting God’s Children training class (2 hours), have a background check performed, read and sign a Code of Conduct, and applicable Technology and Social Policy forms.

Training of a Catechist
Catechist training is required and provided throughout the year in the following areas:  Curriculum, Learning Development, Teaching Styles, Special Needs Awareness, as well as Save Environment and Emergency Policies.


Volunteer to be a Catechist! 
For more information please contact the Faith Formation office
518-877-8506 ext 373
faithformation@corpuschristichurch.net

VIRTUS - Protecting God's Children Training

To Register for one of these classes, use the VIRTUSOnline link below.

  • Class(s) held at Corpus Corpus - TBD.  Please check back.
  • Classes are available routinely throughout the Diocese of Albany.  Click on the VIRTUS logo below to view an up to date list of available classes.
This training is required for all adults over 18 years old that will be volunteering, in anyway, with children and/or teenagers.

Link to Virtus Training sessions in Albany Diocese
 

Click on the "VIRTUSOnline" logo below to view available training dates. 
Use drop down menu to select "Albany Diocese" then click "Select".
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