The main purpose of the Secretariat for Catechesis is to oversee and assist in the effective implementation of the Religious Education curriculum in schools and catechetical programmes in the parishes. The Secretariat for Catechesis provides a variety of courses and resources for the formation and ongoing education of catechists and religious education teachers.
SCIENCE, RELIGION AND GOD
DATE: Saturday 12th October | TIME: 9.00am – noon
The aim of this session is to explore the relationship between science and religion, and how they are in fact complimentary and help us to strengthen our relationship with God.
GROUP MANAGEMENT, BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES
DATE: Saturday 16th November | TIME: 9.00am – noon
This session will help catechists to manage challenging behaviour of children and youth. It will offer strategies which one may adopt to deal with behavioural issues.
EFFECTIVE TEACHING METHODS, USE OF TECHNOLOGY
DATE: Saturday 18th January | TIME: 9.00am – noon
This session will help catechists use different media to enhance their sessions, and make them more interesting and interactive.
DATE: Saturday 15th February | TIME: 9.00am – noon
The aim of this session is to give insight on how catechists may help children with special needs experience more fully God’s love for them.
DEATH AND SEPARATION
DATE: Saturday 16th May | TIME: 9.00am – noon | FEE: €10
Although death, grief and separation are very much part of life, discussing them may be a real concern for catechists. A grieving child needs information that is clear and comprehensible for their development level. This session gives ideas on how catechists may help children to address the death of loved ones, even of pets and the pain of separation.
The aim of the retreats is to give catechists an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God and to further reflect upon their call as catechists.
• ‘BEING A CATECHIST’
DATE: Saturday 7th December | TIME: 8.30am – 12.30pm | FEE: €5
• DELVING INTO GOD’S LIBRARY
DATE: Saturday 14th March |TIME: 8.30am – 12.30pm |.FEE: €5
• FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY (1 COR 13,13)
DATE: Saturday 20th June | TIME: 8.30am – 12.30pm | FEE: €5