"Catechesis is an education of children, young people and adults in the faith, which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.  It cannot be dissociated from the Church's pastoral and missionary activity as a whole.

Catechesis is built on a certain number of elements of the Church's pastoral mission that have a catechetical aspect, that prepare for catechesis, or that spring from it.  These elements are: the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching through the kerygma to arouse faith, apologetics or examination of the reasons for belief, experience of Christian living, celebration of the sacraments, integration into the ecclesial community, and apostolic and missionary witness." [From Catechesis in Our Time by Pope St John Paul, paragraph 18]

How does the Centre for Catholic Formation serve catechesis?

The CCF serves parishes and deaneries (groups of parishes) across the diocese through the provision of training and resources for Catechesis.  These include sessions for parish catechists who are preparing children and parents for the sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation. Should parishes wish for an adviser's visit or simply to discuss issues relating to catechesis and adult formation they are welcome to contact us via phone 020 8672 7684 or email ccfoffice@rcaos.org.uk.

The Centre also offers an annual diocesan day for catechists, study days for new and potential catechists and offers the new Diocesan Catechetical Certificate in collaboration with the School of the Annunciation.

Documents on Catechesis (universal and local)

For more on what the Church teaches about Catechesis see Catechesis in Our Time (known by its Latin title Catechesi Tradendae) and the General Directory for Catechesis both available from our bookshop in hard copy. PDF's can be downloaded via the buttons below.