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Religious Education (CCD)
Our Mission Statement
We, the Religious Education Staff of St. Malachy Parish, believe that we are called to assist you, the parents, as primary teachers of your children in
guiding them to live the Gospel as Jesus taught.
Through our examples, prayer, and in using the gifts and talents that God has graciously granted to us, we promise to responsibly impart to your children
the teachings of Christ as handed down by the Apostles.
The Christian principles instilled in your child will guide him or her throughout this life. Together let us share in their journey of faith --
a journey that will lead all of us to what Jesus promised to those who follow Him: Eternal Life.
About Our Program
The program at our parish began in a private home back in 1948. Today, our program provides faith formation through catechesis to over 500 children with the help
of catechists, teacher assistants, and office volunteers.
"Catechesis" is rooted in the Greek verb katekein, which means to resound or echo. Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles, uses the verb as instructing
in the way of the Lord. In St. Paul, it refers to oral instruction, a handing on of all that has been received from Christ. Catechesis is based on Scripture, Tradition,
and Liturgy, as well as on the teaching authority and life of the Church. Its purpose is to develop a living, explicit, and active Faith through the liturgical and sacrament
life of the Church.
What Is A Catechist?
A catechist is a teacher called by God and the faith community to pass on the faith, beliefs, and traditions of the Church. The catechist believes and lives the message of
Jesus - faith, hope, and love. The catechist helps others to understand our faith and respond to the message of God in thought, word, and deed.
A catechist assistant is someone who assists and supports the catechist in the classroom setting.
A substitute catechist is a volunteer who teaches a class when another catechist is unavailable for class.
A hall monitor is someone who maintains proper order in the school building.
A Vacation Bible School volunteer helps provide a week-long program for our children each summer.
You are invited to share in this very special ministry. By the nature of our baptism, we are called to use our God-given gifts and talents. Catechesis is no longer the
sole responsibility of the religious and the ordained clergy. It is the responsibility of the laity as well. Pray and ask the Lord to help you to discern if he is
calling you as he called Peter, James, John, and all the others who have been called before you: "As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, 'Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.'
At once they left their nets and followed him."
Questions? Please contact Steve Swank at (412) 771-7480.