We know that catechists across the Diocese are grappling with sacramental programmes from 2020 still finishing, and trying to see the best ways ahead for 2021.

THANK YOU to you all – and we hope that this years training and resources day will be a great help to you, uplifting and encouraging you in all that you do.

 

For several years we have held Training and Resources days for Catechists at Sacred Heart school in Upminster.

This year we will be online, and we encourage you, if possible, to gather with catechists you work with in the parish, to watch together. As it is on YouTube you can, of course, adjust the timings/date to suit you – it will all remain on the BCYS YouTube channel after the day, and the direct link will be posted here a few days before 7th November. 

 

We’ll offer the following input, with suggested timings as below:

 

 

What will the input include?

DAVID WELLS

David has spoken to catechists, teachers and young people across the UK, and in America.

He has spoken to as many as 35,000 people in Los Angeles, 9,000 at the Flame Congress, Wembley Arena, and smaller groups of staff, students and Confirmandi in many different settings.

On the day, he’ll be focusing on what it means to accompany young people in challenging times, and how we look after ourselves while doing it. His input will be three short bursts of 10-15 minutes, with time to chat and reflect in between.

DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS

FR DOMINIC reflects on the new “Directory for Catechesis” published by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization just a few weeks ago.

Despite the snappy title, this book is a goldmine of insights for how we can best accompany young people – and all who we catechise – on their journey of faith, and Fr Dominic will highlight some of the key points made in the document.

Again, this will be in three short bursts, with a break for discussion after each section.

RESOURCES SHOWCASE

A number of groups and organisations with resources to help you in your work will each take 10 minutes to tell you more about what they do and how they can help you.

These include the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, One Hope Project, The St Vincent de Paul Society, Million Minutes and CAFOD.

NATIONAL YOUTH SUNDAY, WALSINGHAM HOUSE and BCYS VOICES

Fr Dominic and Joe from Walsingham House conclude the day with a brief round up of information that is most relevant within the Diocese.

The training day will conclude around 1:10pm.