Catechists / Teen Helpers

The Role of the Catechist

Catechists who are truly effective are practicing Catholics who participate in weekly Eucharistic worship and prepare for their apostolate through personal prayer and regular participation in professional development workshops.  The workshops will offer sound theology, classroom management skills, an understanding of appropriate age / grade level curriculum objectives and a practical use of textbooks and resources to supplement their teaching.

Diocese of Trenton: Elementary Religion Curriculum Guidelines, February 2012

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Be a practicing Catholic, attend Mass on Sundays and Holy days, and hold to the basic doctrine of the Catholic faith.

If married, married within the Church.

Have a desire to share  faith with others and be able and willing to prepare and to teach each classroom lesson.

 Meet with Director of Religious Education or Pastor.

Diocesan Requirements

Catechists complete diocesan application, background check and attend  Child Protection: Virtus Training Session.


Ongoing education and Resources

Catechists are encouraged to obtain their full catechists’ formation through the Diocese.

Opportunities for in-services, workshops, and evenings of prayer are announced throughout the year.  All are encouraged to participate.

publisher Resources

Sadlier Religion Publisher’s website for chapter-related activities and resources.


teen helpers

Students, grade 7 and higher, are welcomed to assist in classrooms.

Please print Teen Volunteer Guidelines and Form and return to the RE Office.



Letters of Recommendation / Reference

Any catechist or teen volunteer requesting letter of recommendation or reference is asked to provide as much notice as possible, and present any necessary forms and information regarding deadlines and details.