Certificate in Catechesis I

The Certificates in Catechesis (Level I) includes six courses each, of approximately 25 hours over a five-week period. Each course requires that you complete readings and assignments, and participate in online discussions.

The Church’s mission is to hand on our Catholic faith to others. Every baptized person shares in this responsibility in some way. However, parents and grandparents, adults who volunteer in parishes, and people formally tasked with teaching the faith to others, are called to equip themselves more thoroughly for this mission.

This program will help lead participants to appreciate even more the treasure of our Catholic faith and the wisdom of the Church. It will equip them to participate in handing on Christ in his Church to others. Participants will explore our faith through the study of Scripture, Jesus as teacher, liturgy, initiatory and catechumenal catechesis, and forming adults in faith.

Audience

  • Those who wish to pass on faith to others but are unsure how to go about it
  • Those who have been asked to help out in a parish with preparation for one of the sacraments, or with RCIA
  • Parents who wish to be able to share faith with their children more easily
  • Those who wish to learn more about our faith to be able to speak with others about it at work, at home, or in the parish
  • Others whose ministry would be enriched by formal certification in this field.

Certificate in Catechesis I (CATI)

Prerequisite - Foundations in Faith I (FFI) 

Courses

CCS 008 The New Testament

The course will explore the stories in and behind the writings of the New Testament; introducing the participants to the cultural context, composition, themes and pastoral applications of the New Testament accounts and at the same time, expanding their understanding of the Bible.

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CCS 009 The Old Testament

The course will help participants to understand better and appreciate the biblical context, structure, authoring, meaning, and historical impact of the Old Testament accounts.

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CCS 010 Moral Theology

The course will introduce participants to the moral principles and convictions that give meaning to our actions, as well as examine the role Scripture, the Church, and conscience play in shaping how we act and how our behaviour is a response to the human community.

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CCS 031 Echoes - Parish-Based Training for Handing on Faith

The course will explore the links between catechesis and the liturgy; consider the plan and design of God for our good and for our salvation; see what implications good pedagogy has for how we can catechist or help; examine five types of skills which can help better implement learning sessions; and understand the centrality and aim of evangelization in all parish activities.

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CCS 032 Catechesis - Human Development & Growth

The course will introduce participants to the stage theories of human development and spiritual growth; consider the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize; and explore the vision and principles for developing a comprehensive framework for lifelong catechesis and faith formation.

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CCS 033 The Practice of Catechesis

The course will immerse participants in the Church’s teaching on initiation, develop deep enthusiasm for and understanding of this vision, and ground this understanding with practical tips for catechists to apply in parish life. This course will highlight how faith sharing and experiential learning are key components of catechesis and faith formation.

Course Outline

To complete this certificate in an academic year students must register for the courses in the following order.
(This does not apply to those who take more than one course per cycle and Certificates are not required to be completed within a year.)

Cycle 1 - CCS-009

Cycle 2 - CCS-008

Cycle 3 - CCS-031

Cycle 4 - CCS-010

Cycle 5 - CCS-032

Cycle 6 - CCS-033