“Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it, and communicates it in many ways.” (General Directory for Catechesis #105)
The Church’s mission is to “Go and make disciples of Jesus Christ.” Every baptized person has a responsibility to participate in this mission. We are called, by virtue of our baptism, to proclaim the Good News and to invite others into relationship with Jesus Christ.
As catechists, we have a particular – and critical – role in proclaiming the Good News. Our ministry involves engaging learners in coming to know and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to be effective in our ministry, we must continually participate in activities to develop our own faith and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ. We cannot share a faith that we do not practice.
DIOCESAN CATECHIST CERTIFICATION GUIDELINES
The Diocese of Grand Rapids requires that all catechists have at least a basic level of certification. This requirement not only ensures that catechists know and understand the message that they are passing on, but it also invites them to a personal experience of transformation.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids provides guidelines for the formation and certification of catechists.
Levels of Certification
- Basic Certification
- Level I = 9-23 hours
- Level II = 24-39 hours
- Level III = 40-49 hours
- Diocesan Certification = 50-79 hours
- Advanced Certification = minimum 80 hours
- Master Certification = Advanced Certification plus 18 academic hours
Receiving Credit Toward Certification
After attending a formation session/conference or completing and independent study experience, catechists complete a Catechist’s Learning Page and submit it to the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation to receive credit toward certification.
Maintaining Certification Records
While the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation will record catechist formation credits for each catechist, it is suggested that catechists also maintain records of their formation experiences on a Catechist Certification Application/Renewal worksheet.
DIMENSIONS OF CATECHIST FORMATION
EXAMPLES OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR CATECHIST CERTIFICATION