Catechist Retreats and Skill Building Workshops

These retreats and skill building workshops offer new and experienced Catechists the opportunity to grow spiritually,  develop knowledge of Catholic faith and practice, earn certification credits, and gain a better understanding of the nature and goals of catechesis.  Learn more about:

  • Connecting faith and life
  • Deepening prayer practices
  • Modeling Christian virtues
  • Seeing the world sacramentally
  • Spiritual development stages
  • Learning styles
  • Cultural diversity
  • Lesson planning
  • Learning environments
  • Classroom management
  • Facilitator skills
  • Service and witness
 

All sessions will be held in the Conference Center at the Diocese of Grand Rapids (360 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.) For more information contact Irene Strom at 616-459-7267 ext. 1801 or Tammy Graves at 616-288-0912.

Program Information:

Dates: A three-part series offered on Saturdays:  January 11, February 29 & May 30, 2020, 8:30am-3pm

Cost: Entire three-part series:  $120.00      Per-day cost: $40.00

Includes: Lunch and all materials are included in cost.

Held at: Conference Center at the Diocese of Grand Rapids Building (360 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Registration Deadline: December 21, 2019

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Catechist Certification Information

New and experienced Catechists who are NOT certified:

  • Attending one day: Achieve Basic Level 1 certification
  • Attending two days: Achieve Basic Level 2 certification
  • Attending three days: Achieve Basic Level 3 certification

 

Certified Catechists receive these CFDs per-day attended:

  • 2 hours to Theology
  • 2 hours to Methods
  • 1 hour to Spirituality

 

Day One Schedule

Day Two Schedule

Day Three Schedule

The Creed: Faith Held

Retreat

8:15am  Check–In and Hospitality

8:30-9:00am  Welcome and Prayer

9-11:45am  Session 1 & 2

Session 1: God Gives Life…Faith is our Response

Session 2: Faith, the Window Through Which I Interpret Life

11:45am-12:15pm Lunch

 Workshops

12:15-1:30pm   Session 3:  Skill Development  

(Breakout groups for those who teach K-6, Middle/High School & Adults.)

  • Spiritual development
  • Learning styles
  • Cultural diversity

1:45-2:45pm  Session 4: Application to Lesson Planning

  • Apply what was learned about spiritual development & learning styles to a provided lesson plan.
  • Work together in groups and whole group sharing.

2:45-3:00pm  Closing Prayer

Mass/Sacraments: Faith Celebrated

Retreat

8:15am  Check–In and Hospitality

8:30-9:00am  Welcome and Prayer

9-11:45am   Session 1 & 2

Session 1: Seeing the World Sacramentally

Session 2:  Eucharist is the Source and Summit of Faith

11:45am-12:15pm  Lunch

Workshops

12:15-1:30pm   Session 3:  Skill Development  

(Breakout groups for those who teach K-6, Middle/High School & Adults.)

  • Encounter, grow, witness: What does it mean?
  • How to prepare prayerful and inviting learning environments (including Safe Environment guidelines.)
  • How to prepare a lesson plan.
  • Choosing learning activities that support lesson plans.

1:45-2:45pm  Session 4: Application to Lesson Planning

Groups will discuss environment, lesson planning and learning activities and develop what they would do for preparation and process.

2:45-3:00pm Closing Prayer

Discipleship: Faith Lived

Retreat

8:15am   Check–In and Hospitality

8:30-9:00am  Welcome and Prayer

9-11:45am  Sessions 1 & 2

Session 1: Sharing in God’s Life

Session 2: Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel of Christ

  Lunch 11:45am-12:15pm 

 Workshops

12:15-1:30pm   Session 3:  Skills Development 

(Breakout groups for those who teach K-6, Middle/High School & Adults.)

  • Developing plans and ideas for service/witness.
  • What is the difference between service and witness?
  • Becoming a reflective teacher.
  • Intersection of life and faith.

1:45-2:45pm  Session 4: Application to Lesson Planning

  • Planning service/witness activities.
  • Group will plan a service/witness activity.
  • Classroom management/facilitator skills.
  • Using provided scenarios, groups will discuss how to respond to challenging situations in classrooms & groups.

2:45-3:00pm Closing Prayer

Catechist Training Institute programs are co-sponsored by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Catholic Information Center.