The Catechist Program at OLHC began in 2007 – an initiative of Sr. Doreen Dagge and a group of dedicated volunteers. The program is about nurturing and encouraging the faith of the children of the parish, providing them with the opportunities to grow in their knowledge and love of God as they embrace the deep truths of the Scriptures.
The program is designed to enhance spiritual learning and growth through active participation in various liturgical celebrations and events. Catechist students enact the Way of the Cross and the Nativity Story every year, which establishes a wider connection with the parish community.
The Team behind the Catechist Program
A dedicated team of volunteers facilitate the running of the Catechist Program at OLHC. They are members of our parish who have a keen interest in the faith development of the children in the parish.
They don’t require special teaching experience as they can gain practical experience by working with, watching, and listening to existing catechists. They receive formal instruction through training material approved by the Diocese.
Catechists are required to attend a parish-funded structured programme, after which they receive a certificate of their training.
New members are encouraged to join, which keeps the team fresh with new ideas, and ensures that the Catechist Program is sustainable in the parish. Catechist volunteers are expected to attend regular planning meetings to ensure the effective running of this program.
Volunteer as a Catechist?
- Please contact the Parish Priest or call the Parish Office.
- You must have a current working with children check and should sign the Parish Child Safety Code of Conduct.
To enrol your child for this program
- Please attend the Enrolment Night at the beginning of the New Year. (The date and time will be advertised through the Parish Bulletin).
- Catechism classes are held every Sunday during school term, at 12 noon (after the 11 am Mass).