Catechetical Formation

What is Catechesis?

The word Catechesis comes from the Greek work “Katékhéo” meaning to “echo down”. In catechesis, we aim to echo the truths of the Catholic faith, which have been passed down from Jesus Himself, from generation to generation.

"At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth... The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ..." - National Directory for Catechesis (NDC), p 55

Understanding Catechesis

Parents are the primary catechists of the family, forming a “Domestic Church” in the context of their homes where the faith is discussed and practiced through the virtues required in family life. Children learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus from the examples of their parents’ lives. Formal catechesis received either in Catholic School or through the parish then reinforces the education that began in the context of the Domestic Church.

Formal catechesis can occur either in the context of Catholic School curricula, or through the parish in their Religious Education Program for those children who do not attend Catholic School. To enroll your child in catechesis, reach out to your local parish.

“The Church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks, for, before Christ ascended to His Father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command - to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded.” – Catechesi Tradendae, 1

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental Preparation is done at the parish level. Click on each Sacrament below to learn more about the preparation process. Contact your parish office to enroll in Sacramental Preparation for you or your child.


Rite of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults who are interested in Catholicism learn more about the Catholic faith and are able take steps towards entering the Catholic Church.