EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION

Weekdays 7:00 AM & 9:00 AM
Saturday 8:30 AM & 5:30 PM
Sunday Schedule:
7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM & 12 Noon

RECONCILIATION

Saturday after the 8:30 AM Mass
Saturday Evenings from 4:30-5:00 PM
Also by Appointment
908-232-8137

WHAT DOES IS TAKE TO BE A CATECHIST?

Becoming a catechist is a beautiful and rewarding ministry to children, youth, and families. In order to insure that all catechists are prepared for this Ministry:

Step 1:
Holy Trinity complies with Archdiocesan policy, requiring all Catechists to:


Read and sign a Volunteer Application form   click here for form

Review the Diocesan Code of Ethics and Submit an acknowledgement form  

Participate in a the 3 hour workshop: Protecting God’s Children  (Register at the dioceson Virtus site

Step 2:
Participate in an interview with a member of the Catechetical Staff
Participate in an introductory Catechist meeting before formal classes begin

Step 3: Continuing Support
The ministry of Catechesis can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Holy Trinity’s Office of Faith Formation offers a variety of supports for those engaged in the parish’s catechetical Ministry:

A. ONGOING SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE OF FAITH FORMATION

Access to a well supplied resource room with a comprehensive video library and other supplemental materials

Resources:

Directory of Books – click here
Directory of Videos – click here
Directory of Reproductible Pages – click here
Scriptures – click here

Click on the following link for Adult Faith Formation Classes  offered by Holy Trinity Parish.

B. DIOCESAN CERTIFICATION 

We request that all of our summer catechists complete the diocesan certification and we encourage our fall catechists to complete this process.

Archdiocesan Catechist Certification enables one to identify and nurture the gifts needed to be a catechist. There are three components (Spirituality, Methodology, and Doctrinal) necessary to complete Archdiocesan Certification. Our parish provides several ways to accomplish this certification.

We have been invited to join with St. Helen's in Westfield to participate in their adult Faith Formation programs which will count as credit hours toward certification.  Click here for more information and a schedule of classes.

1. SPIRITUALITY MODULE
Explores the Vocation and Roles of a Catechist

2.METHODOLOGY MODULE
Explores practical and successful techniques used with a variety of groups
Explores the various learning styles of individuals

3. THEOLOGY MODULE
Explores the various theological principals of our Faith
Scripture, Liturgy, Sacraments, Morality, Prayer
A catechist may choose a variety of ways to complete Diocesan Certification:

 

Here is another great apportunity:


The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet.
The VLCFF is coordinated and sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) at the University of Dayton - a Catholic Marianist Institution. VLCFF’s mission is to mobilize the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture. VLCFF courses are 4-6 weeks in duration, courses cost $40.00 each for our parishioners.

http://vlc.udayton.edu/

 

The requirements may also be completed individually or in small groups by viewing videos and completing workbooks in the Echoes of Faith series.  Please contact Michelle Angelo if you are interested in this option.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH MODULE:

SPIRITUALITY MODULE:

View the following videos and complete the accompanying reflection books:
The Person of the Catechist and the reflection book
The Roles of the Catechist and the reflection book
Getting started as a Catechist and the reflection book
Completion of the assignments issued by the facilitator

METHODOLOGY MODULE:

View the Following videos and complete the accompanying reflection books:
Introduction to the Scriptures and the reflection book
Introduction to the Learner and the reflection book
Methods video and the accompanying reflection book
Completion of the assignments issued by the facilitator

THEOLOGY MODULE

View the following videos and complete the accompanying reflection books:

I Believe/ We Believe and the reflection book
Liturgy and Sacraments and the reflection book
Catholic Morality and the reflection book
Prayer and Spirituality and the reflection book
Completion of the assignments issued by the facilitator

At the completion of each video and reflection book, the catechist meets with Michelle Angelo to discuss the material and how it can enhance one’s catechetical ministry.

Certification can be accomplished in several ways:

Small groups coming together in the parish (dates will be posted when sessions are offered).

Small groups can gather in the home with a designated facilitator to view the film and discuss the reflection booklet. At the conclusion of each session, someone from the group, designated the facilitator, will meet with Michelle Angelo to assess the group’s response to the material.

Individuals may choose to complete this on their own:
Signing out the video and book
After viewing the material, meeting with Michelle Angelo either in person or via email to discuss what you learned and how you can apply it.

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