COVID-19 Update (3/16/2020)
In consultation with Archdiocesan officials and informed by current CDC guidelines, parishes are asked to cancel all in-person religious education and youth ministry programs, gatherings, retreats, and events until April 20, 2020. It is critical that pastors and parish formation leaders have conversations on the rescheduling of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. The Department of Youth Faith Formation will be 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 experience we offer to our young people and families as part of religious education and youth ministry is a very important one. It helps them encounter the Living God and grow in their faith as part of the Catholic community. Working in collaboration with parents and guardians, our programs help lay the foundation of a life in Christ. This is now a wonderful time to focus on how we can support our families in these challenging times and to help them invite Jesus into the process. Although we may not be able to gather as community in the traditional sense, we can gather together in our hearts and in our prayer — and even online!
The Catechetical Office is “the means which the BishopGeneral Directory for Catechesis, 265
as head of the community and teacher of doctrine
utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities
of the diocese.”
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).