This conference is FREE but, if you are able to make a small donation towards the work of Mission Northampton, please feel free.

Taking place via Zoom on the following Thursdays at 2.30pm.
Each session will last for approximately one hour.
28th September, 5th, 12th,19th October, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November, 7th & 14th December 2023

Drawing on Scripture and Church documents the Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis Level 1 covers some basic principles of catechesis, helping us to grow in confidence as we share the precious gift of faith in Jesus Christ with others. The course includes times of sharing, reflection and prayer. There is no fixed charge for the course; however, we do invite those who can to make a donation to help cover costs. Following an introduction exploring the vocation, or calling, to be a catechist, the course then covers the following 5 themes: Starting Anew from Christ Reflecting on our encounter with Jesus Christ, our own journey of faith and our call to share the Good News. Exploring why the core Gospel message (the kerygma) “needs to be the centre of all evangelising activity and all efforts at Church renewal” (The Joy of the Gospel, 164). Being able to share the Gospel using our personal faith story. Growing in our understanding of the Catholic Faith Exploring a basic introduction to the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (YOUCAT and YOUCAT for Kids) and some key Church documents on catechesis, especially the Directory for Catechesis. Being aware of some important aspects of catechesis e.g. kerygma, accompaniment and family catechesis. Learning how to pass on the Catholic Faith The ‘how’ of catechesis. Exploring essential skills that catechists can use and develop. The Church believes as she prays Exploring the link between catechesis, prayer and liturgy. Go, and announce the Gospel of the Lord Responding to the call to be missionary disciples. Exploring further training and support. “During this course we were taught some of the basic principles of catechesis… The course also gave us the chance to get to know catechists from different parishes and learn from each other. The course helped me to grow in knowledge, confidence and also gave me a deeper desire to learn more about the principles of catechesis.” Acknowledgement: Bible study picture