Presently children in the Parish between the ages of 6-15 years are required to attend eight levels of catechism which will assist in their gradual spiritual maturity. Generally, each level is of one academic year duration. The milestone along these eight years are receiving the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Parents as primary catechists of their families are called upon to be actively involved in the faith formation and be exemplary role models, educate themselves in the faith as they work in collaboration with the catechists. Parents are advised to ensure that the children attend all eight levels which are outlined below:
|Level||Estimated age||Name of Booklet|
|Pre-First Communion||6-7 years||Let the Children Come to Me|
|First Communion||8 years||God’s Family|
|Post First Communion 1||9 years||God Speaks to Us Through the Bible|
|Post First Communion 2||10 years||God and His People|
|Pre-Confirmation 1||11 years||Work of God Guide My Steps|
|Pre-Confirmation 2||12 years||Growing in Faith|
|Confirmation Year 1||13+||Confirmation Year 1|
|Confirmation Year 2||14+||Confirmation Year 2|
Prior to the COVID pandemic children and youth attended catechism sessions face-to-face. However, the pandemic created new avenues for facilitating classes.
Presently the Parish transmits the faith using Google Classroom, ZOOM, and Google Meet platforms. Classes are fully virtual or blended (a combination of face-to-face and virtual). The catechists follow the lessons in the texts with the additional advantage of online complementary activities to help students better understand concepts of the faith. Surprisingly, the online attendance of students is very low.
Normally, before becoming a fully-fledged catechist new recruits are advised to complete a 27-module course from the Catechetical Centre: Growing as a Catechist. This is necessary especially now that the Pope has instituted the Ministry of Catechist.
However, anyone who wants to become a catechist needs to have computer skills because we cannot overlook the fact that our children and young people are the ‘digital native’ generation and learn best through this medium.