The General Directory for Catechesis is an essential resource for religious educators, teachers, and catechists.

The Directory offers a detailed presentation of the goals and essential elements of catechesis, from its role in the Church's mission of evangelisation, to norms and guidelines for its presentation, to adaptations for various groups and situations. An essential companion to the Directory is the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis in his document Evangelii Gaudium, says: "Catechesis is a proclamation of the word and is always centred on that word, yet it also demands a suitable environment and an attractive presentation, the use of eloquent symbols, insertion into a broader growth process and the integration of every dimension of the person within a communal journey of hearing and response." (EG 101)

Catechesis comes from the Greek word ‘catechein’ – to echo. At the time of St Paul it was used to mean to hear, to learn, to instruct so, Catechesis then is about, hearing, learning, teaching.

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13th JULY 2019



Letter to Parishes

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Bishop Patrick would like to invite all Catechists from your parish(es) to a TRAINING DAY on:

SATURDAY 13th July 10.20 am – 1.30 pm

(arrivals from 10 am)

Speaker: David Wells

Venue: The Trinity School, Beechdale Road, Nottingham. NG8 3EZ

The four aims of our day are;
  1. To feel enthusiastic about being\becoming a catechist (Even if they are not one or feel reluctant to be one).
  2. To be clearer about what catechists do, why they do it, and how to be even more missionary focussed.
  3. To learn some new methods and techniques encouraged by Pope Francis.
  4. To relax and enjoy the day and they’ll be away at about 1.30 pm.

Confirm attendance

As well as the Catechist Training Day, we also run a Bishop's Certificate in Catechesis Course, beginning soon.