“Living As Missionary Disciples”
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017. The 2017 theme will be “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
A Catechist’s Prayer
Father of all families, you have called me to serve thefamily in truth and love as a catechist. May I be faithful
to this call, rooted in your Word, and open to the gifts
of the Holy Spirit.
May I use these gifts, especially the gifts of faith,
hope, and love, to serve the family as a witness to
you, who are love and life and the source and destiny
of all families.
Let your Spirit enlighten my mind and strengthen my
heart so that I can be a path of Christ’s love to families,
especially those in need, the homebound and aged,
the disabled and disheartened.
Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray
for the Church, the Bride of Christ, whose mission to
build a civilization of love passes through the family.
Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference – “Go! Build a Journey of Hope” – January 11-13, 2018 – Kenner, LA – Open to any adult that works or volunteers with Formational Ministries (DREs/CREs, Youth Ministers, Catechists, Adult Faith Formation leaders, RCIA, etc.) Registration is now open. Visit the website for registration and hotel information. Scholarships are available through the Department of Faith Formation to help with registration fees. Contact Fran Lavelle for more information. 601-960-8473
Letters to a Bishop: The Journey to Confirmation – A new resource for Confirmation preparation is available through the Department of Faith Formation that includes the curriculum from the Catechist Companion. This Confirmation program written by Fran Lavelle, Director of the Department of Faith Formation, includes nine sessions that can be adapted to suit the individual needs of your parish. The title of the program is, “Letters to a Bishop: The Journey to Confirmation.” Use of this program is not mandatory. It has been developed and is being provided to assist those parishes who want to use it. If you chose to use it, we would like to get your feedback at the end of the academic year. This is a flexible program that can be adjusted and modified to best meet the needs of our parishes. To request a PDF version of the program please contact Fran Lavelle at Fran.Lavelle@jacksondiocese.org.
A. Parish and School Catechetical Leaders (DRE/CRES)
The Office of Faith Formation invites Catechetical Leaders to participate in bi-annual (Fall and Spring) gatherings held throughout the diocese. Leaders share prayer, resources, and ideas with one another. They are a great opportunity for networking with one another.
The Office also supervises the religion curriculum and materials being used in catechetical programs both in parishes and Catholic schools. Sacrament catechetical guidelines, religion curriculum guideline, and textbooks/materials approved for use in our diocese may be found in Downloads.
B. Catechist Certification
The Office of Faith Formation is responsible for the on-going formation and certification of the catechists in our diocesan parishes and Catholic schools. A catechist is a person who coordinates or teaches in a parish religious education program, a Catholic school religion teacher, parish youth ministers, RCIA leaders and parish Adult Faith Formation Leaders. This is accomplished by providing courses both online and in various locations throughout the diocese.
- Online Catechist Certification Classes
- Parish Catechist Certification Brochure 2013
- School Catechist Certification Brochure 2013.2014
C. Graduate Degree or Certificate Programs In Our Diocese
1. Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension Program (LIMEX)
Loyola University New Orleans, through its Institute for Ministry, offers master’s degrees and certificates in pastoral studies and religious education through a partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. The graduate program provides:
- Onsite classes in your diocese
- Academic, theological and ministerial competencies
- A process of theological reflection so academic study is integrated into the student’s life and ministry.
- Grounding in Ignatian Spirituality through reflection on the graces of the Spiritual Exercises
- For admissions requirements and application, go to: lim.loyno.edu/onsite/admissions.
- For information about sites and groups in our diocese, or information about possible scholarships for tuition assistance from the diocese, contact Fran Lavelle firstname.lastname@example.org; 601-960-8473
2. Spring Hill College Extension Program
Jackson was the first site where Spring Hill offered graduate-level theology programs, beginning in 1982. Bishop Brunini invited Spring Hill to Jackson to provide programs in support of lay leadership in the diocese, and we are proud to continue that relationship today. Beginning in Fall 2015 Spring Hill will offer its new blended-format programs in Theology and Ministry designed to be accessible for all in the Southeast. The program is mostly online, with 6 required in-classroom meetings over the whole program. The classroom meetings are on Saturdays and offered in Mobile at the Spring Hill Campus and in Atlanta at Ignatius House Retreat Center.
Spring Hill College grants three graduate degrees in theology: the M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), the M.P.S. (Master of Pastoral Studies), and the M.A. (Master of Arts). Students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree may enroll on the undergraduate level. They may pursue either the C.T.S. (Certificate of Theological Studies) or the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in theology.
For registration information, please call: 251-380-4665 or 877-857-6742.
- For more information, visit: Spring Hill College’s Graduate Programs in Theology & Ministry
- For local information, including possible scholarships for tuition assistance from the diocese, contact:
Fran Lavelle email@example.com; 601-960-8473
- Spring Hill College 2015.2016 schedule
D. Lay Ecclesial and Pastoral Ministry
Lay ministry development is also a part of the Office of Faith Formation. Laity who are called forth by their parish to use the gifts God has given them in a leadership capacity have theology and skills training offered to them through this office. Lay Ecclesial Ministers, Pastoral Ministers, DREs, CREs, Catechists, Youth Ministers, Adult Faith Formation leaders, RCIA directors and others who serve as lay leaders have the opportunity for an annual weekend retreat, week long training every June at Lake Tiak O’Khata, participation in LIMEX or Spring Hill College courses, as well as theology courses provided through the Diocesan Catechist Certification process. Scholarships are available for persons who have completed the Diocesan Lay Ministry application and who wish to be actively involved in these training opportunities.
For application and/or scholarship information, contact:
Fran Lavelle firstname.lastname@example.org; 601-960-8473
E. Adult Faith Formation
Catechist certification courses are open to all adults who wish to deepen in their faith. Spring Hill College courses are available as “easy listening.” In addition to these opportunities, the Office of Faith Formation also hosts several events open to all.
F. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a formation process with steps and a succession of liturgical rites that brings the unbaptized adult or older child into a more intimate relationship with Christ and union with the Church community. This process is catechetical and liturgical. The Office of Faith Formation provides catechist training and suggested catechetical resources for catechetical and dismissal sessions with the RCIA participants. The Office also hosts an annual workshop for RCIA coordinators and catechists. For possible catechetical materials for adults and young people, go to Downloads.
- Vatican II Intro Handout
- Vatican II An Introduction slides
- Vatican II — An Introduction
- Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
- SC slides.
- DV Slides
- LG Slides
- SC Handouts
- Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
- GS Handouts
- GS slides
- Pastoral Constitution on the Church
- LG Handouts
- Constitution on Divine Revelation
- DV Handouts