The name catechesis was given to the whole of the efforts within the Church to make disciples, to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ.
-Pope John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae, 1
It is highly recommended that all Catechists and Catholic school teachers take CAT 1 and CAT 2, and as many Faith Enrichment courses as possible.
Level I: Catechist Formation
CAT I—The Creed: An overview of fundamental Catholic teachings based on the founding Symbol of our Faith. This course provides catechists with a foundation in the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith, and is a good starting point leading to further study.
CAT II—Classroom Applications: Practical information for catechists on their role as formators in the Faith. The course includes learning to create lesson plans, communication with parents and how to engage them in religious instruction, material delivery at age-appropriate levels, and more.
Level II: Faith Enrichment Courses
- ICF 101—Christian Anthropology
- ICF 102—The Old Testament
- ICF 103—The New Testament
- ICF 104—The Sacraments
- ICF 105—Christian Morality
- ICF 106—The Church
- ICF 201—Prayer & Spirituality
Master Catechist Certificate
The required curriculum for the Master Catechist certificate is granted through the Office of Parish Religious Education. Classes are offered in both English and Spanish.
All formation programs of the Institute for Catechesis and Formation are intended for the lay faithful who have been delegated by their pastors to serve, or asked by their pastors to consider serving, their parish community. Participation in a program does not imply permission to serve in the parish. Please see the pastor if interested in serving the parish in some capacity.
CAT I, CAT II, and all 100 level Faith Enrichment courses are required for the Master Catechist Certificate. 200 level courses are not required but are eligible for renewal credits.
Questions about the Master Catechist certification requirements should be directed to the Office of Parish Religious Education at 610-866-0581.