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Catechetical Office

COVID-19 Update (4/17/2020)
Regarding the Resumption of In-Person
Religious Education and Youth Ministry

People have asked whether April 20th is a firm date for the resumption of in-person religious education and youth ministry. This initial date was set in light of information we had at that time. Unfortunately, as of today no specific date can be assigned for when we believe in-person religious education and youth ministry can resume in our parishes. Please know that the staff of Department of Youth Faith Formation (Catechetical and Youth Ministry) are here to help you through this time. Please let us know if you need any assistance.

The Department of Youth Faith Formation will continue sending out tools to parishes to help families share faith at home, including a weekly PDF that can be forwarded to parents and guardians.

The Catechetical Office is “the means which the Bishop
as head of the community and teacher of doctrine
utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities
of the diocese.”

General Directory for Catechesis, 265

The Catechetical Office helps develop the leadership, policy, guidelines, and structures for catechesis in the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York.  The Church directs that ongoing formation is necessary for all who serve in Church ministry. In response, the Catechetical Office offers formation and training for those who serve as parish catechists and as parish directors or coordinators of religious education.

The word catechetical comes from a Greek word meaning echo. All who hand on the Faith echo the Word of God, Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in Scripture and in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our mission is that of the first disciples, whom Jesus commanded, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).