“Faith formation is more than a subject to be taught – it is an invitation to a way of life” – *Joe Paprocki

 2nd grade RF class

Ministry of Catechesis

At any moment, we are called to utilize our God given talents for a greater good – one of those callings is to minister the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ – this is our calling. 
With over 100 children in grades PreK-8th, our incredible team of catechists (religious formation teachers) utilize all their skills and talents, and the power of the Holy Spirit, to ensure children understand the Scriptures, and how to apply them in their daily lives.
Our teachers average between 7 and 14 years teaching religious education. Some have taught for over 20 years! But regardless of experience or age, they understand the complex world children live in today, and how to help them make the connections between God, parents, and their community. 
If you’re searching for a higher calling or love teaching children the Word of God, please join our incredible Ministry of Catechesis by contacting the Youth Ministry Office. 
*Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

Get Certified To Be A Catechist!

According to the Archdiocese of Newark, all catechists are required to be certified.
Full Archdiocesan Catechist Certification is earned through the completion of three certification components: Spirituality Certification, Methodology Certification, and Doctrinal Certification.
Courses are scheduled throughout the Archdiocese and throughout the year to assist catechists in completing certification. Here are the upcoming certification dates and locations:
Spirituality Level, 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Assumption, Roselle Park
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at St. James, Springfield

Methodology Level, 9 am to 3 pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at St. Aedan, Jersey City
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. James, Springfield

Spotlight Level, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
New Testament, January 30, 2016 at St. Philomena, Livingston
Prayer, February 20, 2016 at St. John, Bergenfield
Morality, March 5, 2016 at St. James, Springfield
Faith, April 23, 2016 at St. Philomena, Livingston
(other two Spotlight courses to be announced)

Each individual course is completed in a single day. If a catechist completed all six they receive Doctrinal Certification. Spotlight courses can also be completed online

Print out the Spotlight Registration form by clicking here. After filling out all pages, please hand in forms to Max Almenas, DRE at Madonna Church on Sundays during Religious Formation classes. You can also drop off forms to Max’s attention at the Madonna Rectory Monday-Fridays, 9am-5pm.

Additional Requirements 

In addition, to the certifications, catechists are required to take the Protecting God’s Children course and undergo a criminal background check to ensure the safety of our students. 
If you are interested in becoming a catechist by completing your certifications in person or online, take the Protecting God’s Children course or a need to setup a background check, please contact 
Max Almenas, DRE, max@MadonnaChurch.org or call 201-461-4261.