Enrollment for Catechism 2019-2020 is now open.
Please come to the parish rectory office to complete an application.
Santa Maria Addolorata takes pride in sharing her faith with the youth and preparing them for their sacraments.
There will more later to share about the CCD program but meanwhile…
Consider serving as a Catechist or Catechist’s Aide!
A catechist helps young people come to know Christ and the riches of our faith by teaching weekly CCD classes.
In order to serve as a catechist, you must:
- be available on Sunday mornings from 9:00am until 11:30am;
- have a personal relationship with Christ and a desire to share your faith with young people;
- be comfortable with and able to communicate effectively with the age group that you will be working with;
- familiarize yourself with the text book being use for the grade level you will be teaching
- prepare weekly lessons using the books or on-line appropriate sources.
- pursue initial and ongoing certification as a Catechist in the Archdiocese of Chicago; and
- comply with Archdiocesan Protecting Youth Requirements, including:
- 1) Attend a Protecting Youth Workshop (click here to register for Training Workshop)
- 2) Complete a Background Check
- 3) Sign & Turn In a Code of Conduct Form Code of Conduct
- 4) Sign & Turn in a Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System Form each year CANTS Form
- 5) Complete Mandated Reporter Training http://www.
A catechist’s aide helps the catechist in their work by:
- helping children who require special assistance;
- taking attendance;
- accompanying children to restroom;
- monitoring children until catechist arrives;
- photocopying materials required by the catechist;
- collecting supplies from Religious Education Resource Room;
- other duties assigned by catechist.
A catechist’s aide must also comply with Archdiocesan Protecting Youth Requirements (see above).
Why Be a Catechist or a Catechist’s Aide?
- The best way to learn is to teach.
- Your own faith will come alive.
- You become an active participant in one of the essential responsibilities of a Church community.
- You assist in bringing Christ to others.
- You practice stewardship.
- You show your own family that you value the Faith.
- You become a role model.
- Being a Catechist brings joy.
- You make a difference in the lives of our young people!
How do I become a Catechist or Catechist’s Aide?
Call to Faith Series – Catechist Planning Resources