Diocesan Catechetical Committee (DCC) Update (May 2012)
In order to implement the recommendations of the Catechetical Needs Asessment, the DCC was established in February 2012, with widespread representation across the diocese. This committee has been meeting on a monthly basis and is currently reviewing various youth catechetical programs, in order to recommend one for use within the diocese. The members of the committee, who were nominated from various zones, are as follows:
Sr. Audrey Brocklehurst (Chair) - John Paul II Pastoral Unit
Carol Cameron (Secretary) - St. Theresa, the Little Flower
Mary Rose Connolly - St. Theresa, the Little Flower
Lynn Czank - St. Andrew's
Rinnie Bradley - St. Cuthbert's
Theresa Johnston - St. Paul's, Summerside
Margaret O'Brien - St. Paul's, Summerside
Jerry McCabe - St. Pius X
Mary LaPierre - St. Mary's, Montague
Marie O'Hanley - Our Lady of Assumption, Stratford
Qwenn Cheverie - St. Dunstan's
David LeClair - Holy Redeemer
Update on Diocesan Catechetical Survey
January 24, 2012
The Diocesan Catechetical Committee will begin meeting soon to discuss the state of catechetics within the diocese. For those who will be attending these meetings (and for the interest of the faithful of our diocese) we've posted the results of the catechetical survey that took place last year.
Evangelization is the cornerstone of all Catechetical efforts in the Diocese of Charlottetown. Through Catechesis, we live out the missionary mandate of Jesus to "Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to all of creation" (Mk 16: 15).
"The definitive aim of catechesis (the ministry of the catechist) is to put people not only in touch, but in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ; only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity" (CT 45).
To enable the catechist to effectively transmit the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the name of the Church to those who seek Christ, it is essential that catechists be trained in the faith and participate in ongoing formation programs (General Directory for Cathechesis 233-236). The five criteria of formation include, evangelize in present historical context, spiritual growth and witness to faith, content of faith integrated with meaning, understanding of humankind, and teaching methods proper to the catechetical process (General Directory for Cathechesis 237).
Year 1: We Belong to God
Year 2: We Belong to the Lord Jesus
Year 3: In the Spirit We Belong
Year 4: Come and See
Year 5: May We Be One
Year 6: You Shall Be My Witnesses
Year 7: Believe in Me
Year 8: Stand By Me
Year 9: Be With Me
Please Note: Unfortunately, these lesson plans will not be complete until the position of Religious Education Coordinator has been filled; so for the time being, this is all that is available.
The Diocese of Charlottetown has an audio/video library to help catechists with their classes. We are working to get an updated list of its contents online.
The Diocese also operates the Centre D'Education Chretienne in Cape Egmont, P.E.I., which provides religious education services in French for the Acadian members of the diocese. The Centre's director is Almeda Thibodeau who can be reached at (902) 854-2143.