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1 Catechist Certification Register Department of Faith Formation 336 Cathedral Way Las Vegas, NV Office: Fax:

2 Catechist Certification In The Diocese Of Las Vegas Welcome to the process of Catechist Certification! All catechists* Parish RE volunteers, Catholic School staff, Adult Faith Formation facilitators, Youth Ministry Team members, Catechumenate Team members, Sacrament Preparation Team members, etc. are highly encouraged to enrich their ministry by continuing to learn and grow in their own spirituality and understanding of BEING Catholic. This process may be adapted to meet the needs of varied backgrounds, interest levels, and parish/school structures. The content of the process is designed to help you become more confident, more competent, more committed in your ministry and to ensure qualified personnel for the Church s mission. Your Call: The entire Church is called to be active participants by virtue of their Baptism in the priestly, prophetic and kingly ministry of Christ... (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium #31) By Baptism the faithful profess before all the faith they have received; by Confirmation they are obliged to spread the faith by word and deed. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium #11) Your Response: As a catechist you dedicate your ministry to put people not only in touch but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ. (General Director for Catechesis, page 71) *The word catechist comes from the Greek word catechesis meaning to sound from above or to echo. Catechists have the mission, the responsibility, the privilege, the vocation of echoing God s word to all people.

3 Content for Certification Levels Level I Basic Certification Methodology (Skills) clock hours Reflection Paper Doctrine (Information) clock hours Reflection Paper Personal Faith Journey (Formation)... Evening reflection, retreat Total clock hours Level II Advance Certification Level I plus the following: Methodology (Skills) clock hours Reflection Paper Doctrine (Information) clock hours Reflection Paper Personal Faith Journey (Formation)... Evening reflection, retreat Total clock hours Level III Ongoing Formation To maintain the status of a fully certified catechist in the Diocese of Las Vegas, catechists must complete 15 hours in the area of Methodology or Doctrine according to the catechists individual needs, at least every three years. The Catechist must also include a reflection/ retreat experience every three years. Level I & II plus the following: Methodology (Skills) Reflection Paper And Doctrine (Information) Reflection Paper And Personal Faith Journey (Formation)... Evening reflection, retreat Total clock hours

4 Reflection Paper Component For All Levels Of Certification An integral part of this process of certification is the reflection paper component. After each 15 clock hours of methodology and doctrine, you write a summary of what you gleaned from the classes you attended or the video component you completed. This should be a one or two page paper that answers the following questions: 1. What did I hear that was new information for me? 2. What teachings/beliefs were confirmed for me? 3. How will I apply what I learned to my own personal faith formation and/or the formation of those I catechize? Please be sure to include the following information on your paper: Name Parish Ministry Phone Papers should be completed within four weeks after you finish your last session in each area of study.

5 Methodology (Skills) Clock Hour Components for All Levels of Certification Echoes of Faith - Methodology modules (video & completed booklet) Echoes of Faith - Catechetics modules (video & completed booklet) Echoes of Faith - Human Development module (video & completed booklet) Using Prayer/Scripture with children... Storytelling * Lesson Planning... Teaching Techniques * Class Management, Discipline... Communication * Learning Styles... Curriculum Development Publisher s workshops... Parish Catechist Meetings Parish Catechist Orientation Sessions... Diocesan Conference Workshops * Professional teachers (degreed & state certified) are awarded equivalency, credit for the three methodology. Doctrine (Theology) Echoes of Faith Theological modules rooted in and references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, video & completed companion booklet Diocesan Workshops Echoes of Faith Plus Level I: Introduction to Catechist... Introduction to Gospels... The Creed Learning Styles & Human Development... Sacramental Theology... Prayer & Spirituality Sacrament of Eucharist & Reconciliation Level II: Prepare & Lead Prayer... Teaching Styles for Adolescents... Liturgy & Liturgical Year Ecclesiology... Introduction to the Old Testament... Catholic Morality Pedagogy of Jesus... Social Justice Level III: Initiation Sacraments... Adult Learning Styles... Pauline Literature Prophetic Literature... Adolescent Learning Styles... Sacrament of Marriage & Orders Church History... Family: Traditional & Not-So-Traditional

6 Retreats Evening of Reflection or Retreats Parish Missions Personal Faith Journey (Formation) Other Conferences / Workshops Conferences sponsored by other Dioceses Conferences sponsored by Catholic organizations or Institutions Doctrine Courses from a Catholic College Methodology (Teaching Skills) College Courses Previous Courses Courses or workshops successfully completed within the last two {2} years may be considered for certification. Examples of Parish-Based Courses/ Workshops for Methodology (Skills) or Doctrine (Theology) All Echoes of Faith or Echoes of Faith Plus modules (videos & completed booklets) Teaching Skills workshops by professional classroom teachers Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Adult Education Classes Parish Catholic Bible Study programs (maximum of six {6} clock hours) Catechist orientation and training meetings Whole Community Catechesis training

7 APPLICATION FORM Name: Date: Mailing Address: City: State: Zip Code: Telephone: ( ) Name of Parish: Catholic School: Present Ministry: Religious Education: grade level RCIA Catholic School Educator: grade level Youth Ministry Please indicate level of application (select ONE of the three levels) Level l Level ll Level lll Basic Advanced Ongoing Formation Certification History* Have you been certified as a catechist in another Diocese? yes no If yes, what Diocese? What year? (Include copy of Certificate) Have you earned a degree in Theology, Religious Studies, etc? yes no If yes, please list: Degree: School/City & State: Degree: School/City & State: Applicant/Catechist Signature Endorsement Signature (please select ONE) DRE Principal RCIA Director YM Complete this form and or mail to: Diocese of Las Vegas Department of Faith Formation Telephone: Cathedral Way Fax: Las Vegas, NV Connie Clough: DOLV-Catechist Certification Reg

8 LEVEL I BASIC CATECHIST CERTIFICATION RECORD Requirement: total of 30 Hours Name: Parish: Methodology (15 Hours) Name/Title of Course Hours Date Location Presenter Personal Faith Journey Date Location Presenter

9 LEVEL I BASIC CATECHIST CERTIFICATION RECORD Doctrine (15 Hours) Name/Title/Course Hours Date Location Presenter

10 LEVEL II ADVANCED CATECHIST CERTIFICATION RECORD Requirement: Level I plus a total of 30 Hours Name: Parish: Methodology (15 Hours) Name/Title of Course Hours Date Location Presenter Personal Faith Journey Date Location Presenter

11 LEVEL II ADVANCED CATECHIST CERTIFICATION RECORD Requirement: Level I plus a total of 30 Hours Doctrine (15 Hours) Name/Title/Course Hours Date Location Presenter

12 LEVEL III ON-GOING FORMATION CERTIFICATION RECORD Requirement: Completion of Level I & II plus a total of 30 hours every three years Name: Parish: Methodology Name/Title of Course Hours Date Location Presenter Personal Faith Journey Date Location Presenter

13 LEVEL III ON-GOING FORMATION CERTIFICATION RECORD Requirement: Completion of Level I & II plus a total of 30 hours every three years Doctrine Name/Title/Course Hours Date Location Presenter

14 Catechist Certification Name: Parish: Date: Ministry: Phone Number: Catechist Certification Requirements: Methodology Doctrine Personal Faith Intro to Catechist, Gospel and Creed Learning Styles of Human Development Paper LEVEL 1 Basic Sacramental Theology Sacraments of Eucharist & Reconciliation Prayer & Spirituality Catechist Certification Requirements: Methodology Doctrine Personal Faith Paper Prepare & Lead Prayer Teaching styles for Adolescents LEVEL 2 Advanced Liturgy & Liturgical Year Ecclesiology Introduction to the Old Testament Catholic Morality Pedagogy of Jesus Social Justice Catechist Certification Requirements: Methodology Doctrine Personal Faith Initiation Sacraments Adult Learning Styles Paper LEVEL 3 Ongoing Formation Pauline Literature Prophetic Literature Adolescent Styles Sacraments of Marriage & Orders Church History Family: Traditional & Non Traditional

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