Religious Education Volunteer Opportunities - Catechist

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You Too Can Be A Catechist!

Catechists are critical to the Church's efforts to help people to know Jesus Christ and to lives of Love and Truth as His disciples.  "The Church has always considered 'catechesis' one of her primary tasks.  Before Christ ascended to His Father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command - to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded."  (Pope John Paul II)  

The ministry of the catechist definitely requires a strong reliance on prayer and the sacraments, a commitment to careful preparation, a willingness to learn, a bit of creativity, and a passion for helping children to know the Lord.  It does not require theological training or advanced degrees.  We provide our catechists with materials to understand what catechesis is all about, to help them plan lessons, and to conduct classes that will bear fruit. 

  • Choose the age group that's right for you.
  • Weekly commitment usual; rotating teams of two also welcomed. 
  • Sunday morning and Monday afternoon class times available. 
    • Sunday, Grade 4 and below ~ 10:30 to 11:55 a.m.
    • Sunday, Grades 5 and 6 ~ 10:25 to 11:55 a.m.
    • Sunday, Grade 7 and up ~ 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon
    • Monday, Grades 1 to 6 ~ 4:45 to 6:10 p.m.
    • Monday, Grade 7 and 8 ~ 4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Parents who volunteer as catechists receive a 100% tuition scholarship for their children.

Contact Jennifer Juzwiak, Director of Religious Education, to volunteer, to ask questions, or to talk about possibilities. 

All individuals over the age of 18 who serve as volunteers for programs involving children must comply with the Archdiocese of Washington's Child Protection Policy.  This includes completing a volunteer application form, an online background check, and attending a one-time class called "Protecting God's Children".  Our Child Protection Coordinator will assist you in satisfying these requirements prior to the start of your volunteer service.