New Catechist Orientation

August 23, 5pm-9pm | Blessed Sacrament Church

Orientation for new (and new-ish) catechists will provide some basic information and best practices in the ministry of catechesis. How does a catechist effectively communicate the faith? What are some helpful pedagogical practices in the classroom? How do catechists grow in their own faith? How do catechists consistently improve their methods? All this and more at our new catechist orientation! All new (and new-ish) catechists are encouraged to attend.

Catechetical Kick-Off Conference

August 24, 9am-4pm | Blessed Sacrament Church

This year’s Catechetical Kick-off will focus on understanding and implementing the new diocesan religion curriculum standards. First thing in the morning we will focus on providing an overview of the new diocesan curriculum standards. The remainder of the day will be devoted to various breakouts focused on more specialized topics and specific areas of ministry. We hope all diocesan catechists will attend.

Schedule for the day

8:30am – Mass
9:15am – Check-in and breakfast
9:45am – Welcome and Introductions, Opening Session (Main Hall)
10:30am – Break
10:45am – Breakout #1
11:45am – Rosary (with Adoration)
12:30pm – Lunch in Canyon Lake Park
1:30pm – Breakout #2
2:30pm – Break
2:45pm – Breakout #3
3:45pm – Announcements and Dismissal

Break out topics offered

  • Spiritual Life of the Catechist
  • Teaching Towards Relationship: Christocentric Lesson Design
  • Highlighting Beauty: Art, Music, Literature, and Liturgy
  • Strategies for Small Parishes and Multi-level Classrooms
  • Relational Ministry
  • Building a Unified Team for Mission
  • Forming Well-Rounded Ministers According to the Pillars
  • Parish DRE’s – Tools to Succeed
  • Family Centered Faith Formation
  • Student Engagement Strategies
  • Administration Best Practices
  • Theology of the Body Basics
  • Designing Effective Retreats and Activities
  • Middle School Youth Ministry/Confirmation Prep
  • Love and Logic Classroom Management
  • Integrating CGS and the New Curriculum Standards
  • Word of Life Textbooks – Best Practices
  • Catechetical Resources
  • Franciscan Catechetical Institute Preview