The Role of the Catechist

Our volunteer catechists are an essential component of our Religious Education Program. These dedicated men and women give of their time, talent, and treasure to pass on the faith to our children and youth and support the mission of our parish and its commitment to families. They are living out their baptismal call to spread the Good News and serve others.

RaphaelMad All catechists attend formation sessions to prepare themselves for their role in the church. As with all volunteers, catechists take part in safe environment training by attending the child protection class entitled, “Treasured Gifts From God.” Catechists also complete background checks  in accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Youngstown.

Catechists take on the role as the “unworthy servant” of the Gospel and the child—for the true teacher is Christ himself, through the work of the Holy Spirit. The catechist’s role can be compared to that of John the Baptist, whose role was to “prepare the way of the Lord.” John was called as a prophet to speak the truth and “testify to the Light.” Catechists do just this—they prepare the way for the child to come into contact with Christ, but then step back and allow the Holy Spirit to work. As John said in the Gospel, “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).


A Prayer for Catechists

“Help us O God to enter into the secret of childhood so that we may know, love, and serve the child in accordance with the laws of thy justice and following thy holy will.”

-Maria Montessori