All adults in our parish community are invited to become an integral part of the catechetical mission of our Church as a catechist. After an initial interview with one of our coordinators, applicants are required to complete a Background Check and Code of Conduct which is reviewed by our administrative office and submitted to our diocese. In addition, all catechists must attend a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children live training session which is offered at St. Rose of Lima as well as throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Compliance of this mandated program includes reading of online bulletins issued by the Virtus program several times each year. In addition, all new catechists must attend a New Catechist Training session prior to beginning the instructional year and submit a Catechist Commitment Agreement annually. We are presently in need of volunteers willing to share their faith with our parish children in Grades 1 through 8 and Special Education for both our home program, Tuesday program and Saturday program. Tuesday and Saturday classes are held in the school building on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Becoming a catechist requires a serious commitment to the Church and the people of God. However, catechists say that the rewards they receive from the experience of sharing the faith of our Church with our parish children blesses their life in abundance! For more information, please contact the Office of Faith Formation at 541-1712 *241
Coordinators conduct a minimum of three catechist meetings for each grade level during the instructional year. Catechists must attend their instructional grade level meeting and have the option of either a day or evening session which is held in the Religious Formation meeting room located in Room 108 of our parish school.
The attendance and progress of our students is monitored and recorded by the catechist. Any issues of concern are addressed with the coordinators of our program at which time parents are contacted.