Leaders of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Certification
Leaders of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are certified. Each adult course involves 90-120 in session hours consisting of prayer, all presentations as given to the children, background discussion on selected theological and pedagogical themes of the children, practicum for writing album pages, giving presentations, and making materials for the environment. Additional hours observing children in an atrium or Montessori classroom are important for well-rounded catechist formation.
Lead Catechists in General
Lead catechists of elementary faith formation are in good standing with the Catholic Church, live a life of prayer and devotion to God and are certified or in the process of obtaining catechetical certification as prescribed by the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Each catechist must obtain at least a basic level of certification prior to leading. Additionally, all catechists must obtain a VIRTUS, Protecting God’s Children certification prior to volunteering with children in any capacity. All catechists must comply with and sign the Standards of Ministerial Behavior in Dealing with Children and Young People.
Support Catechists and Volunteers
Our support catechists work closely with the lead catechist to support and guide the process of elementary faith formation. There are varying responsibilities depending on the area of interest.