Faith Formation at St. Elizabeth Seton
The St. Elizabeth Seton Faith Formation Program works in partnership with parents to help form children along their faith journey. It is important that parents understand their primary vocation as catechists to their children as defined by the Catholic Church.
Children first experience their Catholic faith at home with their family. The Children’s Faith Formation program is here to assist you. We offer faith formation classes beginning in Kindergarten through the 5th grade along with preparation for 1st Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Become a Catechist?
There is an ongoing need for Catechists in our parish program in every grade level. As baptized Catholics, we need to grow in our faith and spiritually and share our faith with the next generation of Catholics.
What is a Catechist?
Anyone who is sharing and passing on our wonderful Catholic Faith is considered a catechist. The word “catechist” literally means “to echo.” A catechist echoes the word of God to his/her disciples.
What qualification do I have to have to become a Catechist?
If you are a faith-filled individual, enjoy being with children, are dedicated to the Catholic faith, and feel that God is calling you to get more involved you may be just the person we are looking for.
Do I need any training?
Your training will depend on your background. Most potential catechists do NOT have a degree in education or religion or theology, therefore, we will help you by offering simple workshops to introduce you to topics such as Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Prayer in the Classroom, etc. Throughout the year, classes will be offered to attend on topics such as Creed, Sacraments, Morality and much more. You can choose to attend any number of training or enrichment session to further your own understanding of the faith and your skills as a catechist.
Do I need to get any clearances?
YES. In order to insure the protection of ALL our parish children, we require our catechists to fill out state and national clearance forms, including: Criminal and Child Abuse background checks. The parish will pay for these clearances if you are volunteering for our program. The Diocese of Venice also requires that you attend a Safe Environment workshop.
Who should I talk to about becoming a Catechist?
Please call our Director of Faith Formation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org