Who are catechists? They are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others. This is something beautiful. – Pope Francis
You have a gift to give. We depend on our catechists, volunteers, Core Team members, and Confirmation Team members to help us reach and support all of the students in our faith formation program. Sharing just an hour of your time or several over the course of the year is a gift to our children and to yourself. Our faith shines brighter when it is shared!
Join the special team of individuals who minister to our parish children from pre-k through grade 10. You don’t need to be an expert on scripture, have teaching experience, or even have a lot of time. All you need is a love for your faith and desire to share of yourself. Our catechists work in teams to share the responsibility and balance out each other’s strengths. Ask a friend to join with you to share a wonderful new experience together and make a difference in the lives of children.
Catechist guides and lesson plans are provided for all classes, and workshop meetings are planned monthly. We will support you in any way that we can as you grow in your own faith and play such a crucial role in the lives of our parish children. Elementary classes meet weekly for an hour; Middle School classes meet twice monthly for 1.5 hours; high school classes meet twice a month for 2 hours. We will try to work around your schedule and availability.
In addition to being a catechist, there are so many other ways you can minister to our parish children and support their formation in the faith: class assistant, general volunteer, youth ministry volunteer, mentor, prayer partner, craft or hobby facilitator, etc.
Family members of any age over 18 are welcome! Share a story, volunteer an hour or a day, teach or assist a class, mentor a teen, bake cookies, pray! There are so many ways we can do this together – sharing and growing in our faith.
These positions only require a passion for children and your faith, and compliance with the Safe Environment requirements (a brief online VIRUS training session and background check). If you have any questions, contact Joanne L Fresco, Safe Environment Coordinator: 203-488-1607, ext. 119 or [email protected].
- Register and complete online VIRTUS Training: Online VIRTUS Training Instructions
- Submit Online VIRTUS Training completion certificate to parish office attention Joanne Fresco.
- Return signed background check to the St Mary Church office: Background Check Form
- Read and sign the last page of the Handbook: Safe Environment Handbook
- Complete and submit the catechist/adult volunteer application: Catechist/Adult Volunteer Application
Please reach out to Faith Formation Program Coordinator Jenny Smith ([email protected]) if you have any additional questions regarding volunteering in the faith formation program
Please reach out to Youth Minister Kim Reinwald ([email protected]) if you have any additional questions regarding volunteering for any Youth Ministry Events or becoming a YM Core Leader.