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Religious Education (RE) classes at All Saints are taught by a team of volunteer Catechists. Through their ministry, Catechists nurture the faith and spiritual development of the children and teens that they teach and guide them into a growing relationship with Jesus.
What’s involved in serving as a Catechist?
Catechists plan lessons (with the assistance of the RE staff), prepare materials, and conduct class each week from September – May. As a Catechist at All Saints, you will have all the resources you need in the form of print and digital materials, supplies for hands-on classroom activities, and 1:1 support from the RE staff.
Catechists have access to:
- All Saints’ robust Resource Library and weekly curriculum guides by grade level
- 1:1 mentoring and support from the RE staff and other Catechists
- Arts and craft supplies and resources for hands-on activities
- Resources through Our Sunday Visitor’s Alive in Christ textbook series with supporting video and online tools
- Interested in more training? You can also choose to participate in the RE Volunteer Retreat, attend the Diocesan Catechetical Conference, and/or enroll in the Diocesan Catechist Certification Program taught on-site by our Director of Religious Education Mrs. Samantha Welsh.
To become a Catechist, you need to be a practicing Catholic, baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and committed to Church teachings. Beyond these requirements, the most important characteristics are your willingness to learn and grow in your relationship with God and an enthusiasm to share the Catholic faith with the children/teens that you teach!
How can I learn more about serving as a Catechist?
To discern whether God is calling you to assist in the faith formation of children and teens in our parish, complete our short Volunteer Application (see below). A member of our Religious Education staff will reach out to you to answer any questions and provide further information.
As required by the Diocese of Arlington, all volunteers must be compliant with the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People. See Protection of God’s Children for more information.