Services for Catechetical Leaders

  Go therefore…teach!    

The Office of Religious Education is available to help parishes seeking catechetical leadership for a parish program.  The ORE staff works with pastoral staffs and Parish Education Commissions to: 
    -    Assess parish needs 
Define catechetical responsibilities 
Facilitate placement of certified catechetical leaders
Provide job descriptions for catechetical leaders
Supply interview guidelines/questionnaire 
Assist with catechist formation and certification
Offer possible solutions to a parish’s particular situation.

The ORE provides parish catechetical leaders with information to enhance their ministry and effectiveness, and opportunities for spiritual formation including:
    -    Archdiocesan Guidelines for DREs, CREs, and AREs
DRE/CRE/ARE Role and Lay Compensation Guidelines 
Professional updating and enrichment  
-       Days of Prayer
Consultation on program planning, textbooks, and video usage 
Assistance in establishing a parish Religious Education Commission   
    -    Ongoing support and assistance in designing, implementing, and evaluating parish religious education programs, sacrament
         programs, programs for children and youth with different learning abilities, and programs for adult faith formation.

Hispanic Catechist Training
   -    Curso Báscio de Formación de Catquistas and Curso Intermedio de Formación de Catequistas - programs of theology and methods 
    -    Instituto de Formación de Laicos – two-year parish leadership program
-    Catechetical Sunday celebration
    -    Retreat and enrichment opportunities
    -    Catechetical methods workshops during the year

Resource Center

The Resource Room is open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.  Because of security at the Pastoral Center, we advise calling ahead to make sure that someone will be available to meet you and escort you to the Resource Room.

New and revised religious texts (Kindergarten-Adult) are available for review in the Resource Room.  Parishes considering changing textbook series or looking for sacrament preparation materials are encouraged to examine the samples available in the Resource Room and consult with the ORE staff. Browsers are most welcome in the Resource Room. 

Reference Materials
Books and periodicals in areas of theology, liturgy and catechetical methods are available in the Resource Room as well as resources for Christian formation, prayer, and catechist development.  

Media Library
Video materials in VHS and DVD format, covering a broad area of religious educational needs, are available for rent from the media library of the ORE.  A Video Catalogue is available for purchase ($5.00).  Contact the ORE to order a catalogue or reserve videos.   Pastors and catechetical leaders may visit the Resource Room to preview videos.

ORE Publications 
Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines for Elementary Religious Education  
Guidelines for:             
Confirmation (Red Book)
              Home Schooling 
              Lectionary Based Catechesis for Children 
              Good News Letter (published seasonally)
              Video Catalogue

Web:  click on Offices & Services or
In revision: Catechesis With Persons With Disabilities ~ How To’s for Catechetical Leaders  
Catechesis With Persons With Disabilities ~ What’s a Parish To Do?          

Congress/ Congreso Catequético Arquidiocesano

The Office of Religious Education sponsors an annual Catechetical Congress.  Catechists, catechetical leaders, clergy, and members of parish staffs gather for prayer and professional enrichment.  Workshops are offered in many areas of religious education as well as youth ministry, liturgy and spirituality.  Presenters are nationally recognized experts in the field of religious education as well as catechetical leaders from the Archdiocese of Boston and dioceses throughout New England.  In addition to the workshops, an exhibit area is available for participants to visit a wide range of publishers, media, religious goods and catechetical displays throughout the day.  

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