In his last words to the apostles, Jesus gave them a mission:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded

(Mt 28:19-20)

In the Catholic Church, catechist is a term used for anyone who engages in religious formation and education, from the bishop to lay ecclesial ministers and clergy to volunteers at the local level. The term ‘catechist’ comes from the Greek word katēkhizein, which means, “to teach by word of mouth.”

The role of a Catholic Catechist is to catechize the Faith of the Catholic Church and its precepts, both by word and example. A Catechist is someone who lets the word of God echo through their life. The Catechist shares their faith and guides their students to learn how to apply and live their faith.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), catechists are defined in canon law as “lay members of the Christians faithful, duly instructed and outstanding in Christian life, who devote themselves to setting forth the teachings of the Gospel and organizing liturgies and works of charity…”

The Diocese of St. Petersburg collaborates with the parishes for inspiring and equipping catechists, teachers, volunteers, ministry leaders, and families to know the Faith better, grow as disciples of Jesus, and evangelize. The diocese and parish provide resources for learning about the four pillars for passing on the faith.

Resources: Scripture, Tradition, and The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Mission Objectives Are:

  • Profession of Faith (Creed)
  • Faithful Celebration of the Christian Mystery (Sacraments)
  • Life in Christ (Mortality)
  • Practice of Christian Prayer
  • Recognize how the Sunday readings connect with Catholic teachings