Catechist Formation

 Please see 2017 – 2018 Catechist Formation Schedule below.

“Echoing the Word From the Centre”

Echoing the Word From the Centre is the Introductory Catechist Formation Process sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

It has been designed and written by Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM in consultation with the Office of Faith Formation Staff and the Catechetical Leaders Executive Board. It has also been designed in response to the diocesan-wide consultation with Pastoral, catechetical and educational
leaders following publication of The Catechist in the Third Millennium: Call, Mission and Formation published by the New York State Roman Catholic Bishops in 1998.

Echoing the Word from the Centre like all good catechist formation will be an ongoing and never ending process. In September 2002, the office of Faith Formation introduced the process in the form of a working document. It will continue to be reviewed by Catechetical Leaders and Catechists during an introductory and transitional period before being finalized.

Echoing the Word from the Centre is consistent with the principles and Content of the General Directory of Catechesis and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is being supplemented and finalized with the publication of the National Directory for Catechesis and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

Echoing the Word from the Centre is a survival course for new catechists and a refresher course in the basic principles and techniques of Catechetical Process for veteran Catechists and Catechetical Leaders.

Echoing the Word from the Centre is a process of 2-hour sessions which will provide an introductory survey of the topics identified for theological formation and catechetical methodology by the Catholic bishops of New York State in the Catechist of the Third Millennium. The process is ideally designed to provide 20 clock hours of formation over a two year period. However, it can be completed in one year or extended for a longer period time based on parish schedules and resources. Sessions are designed so that they can be scheduled interchangeably and need not necessarily follow a preset sequence.

Echoing the Word from the Centre is designed to be offered in each parish of the diocese. However, it can also be offered in deanery or vicariate locations as needs and resources warrant.

Echoing the Word from the Centre is a mutual learning experience facilitated by Catechetical Leaders and veteran Catechists who have completed the facilitator training process.

2017 – 2018 Catechist Formation Schedule
All Meetings are Held in the
Religious Education Office

Evening Schedule: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
                                                                                                    Facilitator – Marion Moricca

Monday Evening, November 13, 2017

~ Session 1 – The Catechist

~ Session 2 – Catechetical Tasks

Tuesday Evening, November 14, 2017

~ Session 3 – Catechetical Environment

~ Session 12 – Saints & Seasons;
Prayers & Devotions

Monday Evening, November 20, 2017

~ Session 4 – The Catechetical Session

~ Session 5 – Catechetical Resources

Tuesday Evening, November 21, 2017

~ Session 6 – Respecting Human Experience

~ Session 9 – God’s Self Disclosure

Monday Evening, November 27, 2017

 ~ Session 7 – God’s Continuing Encounter with us Part 1

~ Session 8 – God’s Continuing Encounter with us Part 2

Tuesday Evening, November 28, 2017

~ Session 10 – Nurturing Human Growth

~ Session 11 – Faith, Moral & Sexual Development

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