Catechist Resources

                                                                   WELCOME CATECHISTS AND VOLUNTEERS

     This page will help facilitate the sharing of resources aimed at making catechesis more fun and more effective for our youth, families and you- the most important facet of religious instruction here at Peace of Christ Parish.

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NEW RESOURCE FROM OUR DIOCESE (Jan. 2017):  Forming Faith

Save the date: Catechetical Sunday is September 17, 2017. 

Find, borrow and share lesson plans in our Catechist Dropbox.

USCCB for free webinars on catechesis and a variety of topics.

General Directory for Catechesis by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Audio-Visual Library at the Diocese of Rochester for movie rentals.

Our Sunday Visitor USCCB/lectionary & lesson plans.

RCL Benziger Lectionary Themes for lesson plans. 

Traditional Catholic Prayers from Loyola Press.

Diocesan Religion Curriculum/Standards:

PreK Through Grade 5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Children's Prayers from Loyola Press.

Catechists, now is the time to begin or complete the diocesan online certification program. USERNAME: catechist / PASSWORD: teacher

                                                                        Diocesan Policy Regarding Catechists

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     All catechists in Catholic schools and parish programs are to be certified either through the diocesan certification program “Alive In Christ” or through accredited theological/religious education institutions.

     Before a catechist begins working, she or he becomes a "Commissioned Catechist." This initial entry into catechetical ministry has associated responsibilities that are to be discussed with the school principal or with catechetical leadership. These responsibilities might include an initial meeting, participating in a commissioning service, or engaging in a brief overview of catechetical ministry.

     The catechist then begins "Foundational Certification," a selection of approximately 30 introductory level sessions (each 2 hrs. in length). Some are theological, some highlight pedagogy, and some are specific to catechetical ministries (sacraments, youth, adults, etc.). A commissioned catechist has 3 years to complete the Foundational Certification.
     Upon completion of Foundational Certification, a catechist begins "Master Level" sessions. These are primarily theological and cover the content of the diocesan religion curriculum. A Master Level session worksheet is available to track progress.

     Regardless of whether a catechist is pursuing Foundational or Master Level Certification, every catechist is expected to complete a minimum of 10 hours (5 sessions) of formation every two years.  Access the Diocese of Rochester's Department of Evanglization and Catechesis link to the online certification modules described above. USERNAME: catechist     PASSWORD: teacher

In order to volunteer as a catechist, aide or driver, please complete the appropriate CASE training online (below).


CASE Training or Retraining    username: IT348    password: initial

*Please note: The Volunteer Code of Conduct form, certificate of Case training, quiz results and your completed background check form must be sent to the Peace of Christ Parish Office before you can begin volunteering at 25 Empire Blvd. Rochester, NY 14609 c/o Melissa Mang, Catechetical Director/Youth Ministry. Thank you.

                                                                About Creating A Safe Environment Training
Creating a Safe Environment is mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to ensure the safety of those most defenseless in our society, including our children and vulnerable adults.

Therefore, all parents, grandparents, and friends wishing to volunteer at our schools and parishes are required to meet the following guidelines:

  1. Sign a Diocese of Rochester Volunteer Code of Conduct form (online at CASE)
  2. Pass the Criminal Record Check process (online at CASE)
  3. Complete the Creating a Safe Environment Training (online at CASE)

*Note: Volunteer drivers for Church programs and events must have their driving record checked every year. This is done by visiting the CASE training or retraining website (above). 

*All volunteers must continually renew their training in CASE, as determined by the Diocese of Rochester.

REMEMBER: The Completion Certificate, Volunteer Code of Conduct, and results from the quiz from your online CASE training must be printed and brought to the Peace of Christ Parish Office/Office of Faith Formation before you can begin volunteering.

For more information, contact Diana Johnson for any questions regarding CASE training, including first-time users or renewals, please call (585) 328- 3228, extension 1295.