Catechist Training & Formation Certification
Welcome to St. James Training and Formation Certification registration for 2017-18.
We can’t do this without you! We have many opportunities to help with our Faith Formation program here at St. James.
As we have been offering our parents who volunteer to be catechists and catechist assistants (this includes the Middle School Small Group Leaders (SGLs)), we offer a $20 discount per child enrolled in our Faith Formation program. This is extended to any parent who volunteers as a catechists in our other formation areas: Step Up in Faith, SPRED, RCIA Catechist and Adult Education Catechist.
We would greatly appreciate a wonderful group of dedicated parents who would be willing to help substitute in classes when a catechist (SGL) has a need to be out of the classroom due to illness, traveling, family and work. Those who step up as substitutes will be provided a $20 discount reimbursement at the end of the year. This is a tremendous help to us, as we have to make sure not only to provide consistent formation for our young people, but also meet diocesan ratio requirements (teacher to child ratio).
*Due to some changes within our program, we will no longer be offering the discount upon registration, but will provide a reimbursement at the end of the Faith Formation year (May 2018). Fr. Jerome has requested that we offer Catechist Training & Certification. Fr. Jerome has requested and encouraged that our catechists become certified in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
This fall we are launching our Phase 1 Training and Certification. Catechists seeking their catechist discount are required to attend both Training Session 1 & 2, along with 3 of the 7 Certification and Continuing Education Sessions. These sessions are all free. All Training and Certification sessions meet national, diocesan and parish competency standards. Being certified acknowledges our parish of providing the up most catechesis standards and expectations of teaching the faith. It also allows the Diocese to document and provide recognition to catechists who complete certification.
Please consider signing up to be a volunteer below (the registration is below the volunteer sign up). Please see form below to sign up. All catechist roles - regardless of ministry - are required to attend Session 1 and 2 of Catechist Training. Please indicate which dates will work with your schedule. These are expected to attend. For catechists and other catechetical roles seeking certification for Phase 1 competencies, please see the schedule and indicate which Certification session you will be attending.
For catechists seeking discount reimbursements, you will be expected to attend 3 of the 7 Formation certification sessions of your choice along with the 2 required Training Sessions. You will only receive your reimbursement in May once all 3 Formation sessions are attended. Formation sessions are separate from Training sessions and those are not counted toward your discount, but are still required as part of the certification process.