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Faith and Ministry Directory March - August 2019

Faith formation informs, forms, and transforms the person into a robust, vital , and life-giving Christian. It develops faith that is holistic: a way for the head, the heart and the hands”. (John Roberto, Generations Together).

The third edition of the Faith and Ministry Directory details the variety of formation opportunities that are available for everyone throughout the Diocese from March to August 2019. There are also formation opportunities that are bookable for Partnerships, which allows formation to be brought to a local level.

If you wish to order printed copies, please email Amy McDonagh. Alternatively, the booklet is available to download.


Courses for Catechists

Future courses will be displayed here as they become available.


Catechesis in the Mission of the Church

We are very blessed in our Diocese with over 1000 catechists currently involved in every area of catechesis. Their faith and commitment continue to inspire so many of our people. Some catechists have been involved in this ministry for many years while others have become involved more recently. We are deeply grateful for their witness.

This course for catechists, ‘Catechesis in the Mission of the Church’ is now in its fourth year and has already been of great benefit to those who engaged with it. Its purpose is to support those already involved in catechesis in further developing their own faith and understanding and also to offer a structured programme for those interested in becoming a catechist. Each of the modules offers a time of prayer, teaching, reflection and also a time for questions.

As well as the 18 modules spread over three terms, there will also be offered sessions of preparation for the specific areas of catechesis i.e. Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist and a Day of Recollection. You will see from this booklet that we have a good team of experienced, dedicated priests, deacons, religious and lay people who will deliver the modules.

This programme will be ongoing for the foreseeable future so it may be that you consider undertaking it over a single year or over several years. Upon completion of the programme, you will be invited to receive a Diocesan Certificate in Catechesis at the Education and Formation Mass celebrated by Bishop Séamus.

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Handbook 2017-18

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Poster 2017-18

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Flyer 2017-18

Catechesis in the Mission of the Church Booking Form 2017-18


CCRS Parish Catechesis Module

You may also be interested in the Parish Catechesis module of the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) course. This module is designed to enable participants to gain an understanding of parish catechesis and to develop approaches to working within a parish setting. It offers an introduction to the theology, principles and goals of parish catechesis. This will take place over two sessions which run from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Saturday 17 and 24 March 2018 at St Cuthbert’s House in Newcastle. There is a fee for this course. Further information on the CCRS course (and the CCRS in general) and the CCRS booking form can be found on the CCRS web page.


Courses for Developing Discipleship


Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

This certificate has been custom designed to meet the needs of those wishing to learn more about serving in a faith setting in our Diocese. It is a non-degree certificate that will monitor progress through practice. Integrating online learning with the chance to meet face to face for support, this certificate provides flexibility and accessibility.

We are now taking applications for the study year commencing 2019.

For further support and information email the Adult Formation Team or tel: 0191 243 3316.

Further information on the Pastoral Ministry Certificate

The presentation given on the 1st November 2017 at St. Augustine’s Darlington is now available as Powerpoint Presentation. It outlines some key elements of the Pastoral Ministry Certificate including content and the application process.

Plater Study Group

Louise Harrison, a parishioner of Newhouse Esh Winning in Durham is currently in the process of organising the formation of a Diocesan group to study the social teaching of the Church.

The document below provides further information on this and how to contact Louise:

Plater Study Group Information