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  • Catechist Central

    Catholic Education Melbourne supports catechists, pastoral associates and parish educators through Catechist Central.  This site offers resources, professional learning programs and links other related agencies assisting catechists and parish educators in their work supporting children and families in their parish.


    Seeking to Live the Good News

      Seeking to live the Good News image  Seeking to Live the Good News is a series which forms a Year 1 to 6 parish religious education program. It  is designed to help parish educators facilitate student learning with the support of the family within the parish.

    Order the following Catechist and Student Books that are used in conjunction with Seeking to live the Good News:  

    • Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of Penance
    • Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
    • Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.


        Preparing to receive the sacrament of penance image  Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of Penance 
    This program is offered as an aid in introducing children to the Sacrament of Penance. The elements of freedom to choose, life in community, recognising sin, seeking and accepting forgiveness, appreciating the presence and work of Jesus Christ, celebrating Sacraments, continuing to grow in the life of God, are addressed in the program in ways which are intended to help young children to prepare for this Sacrament. Their capacity to work readily with these faith concepts is limited to their ages and experiences. They will grow in their understanding of sin and experience of grace as they continue to grow in the life of the Church.
        Preparing to receive the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist image  Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
    The Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church. The Eucharist is not on the fringes of our common life, it is its centre. It is the expression of who we are as the Church – the body of Christ. Since the Second Vatican Council we have referred to the celebration of the Eucharist, or Mass as the source and summit of the whole life of the Church.
        Preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation image  Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
    This program of preparation for the Confirmation aims at leading young Christians toward a more intimate union with Christ and the life-giving action and gifts of the Holy Spirit. It seeks to awaken in them a sense of belonging to a parish community and the broader Catholic Church. This program aims at preparing the students to accept their responsibility as witnesses to Jesus Christ and encourage them to share more completely in his mission.


    Professional Learning 


    Catechists and parish educators are strongly encouraged to attend professional learning with the school’s Religious Education leader as a team, to build and strengthen strong parish-school relationships. Professional Learning activities available include: 

    Catechists participating in all nine days of the above professional learning activities, in addition to the completion of one faith formation elective from Catholic Theological College, Yarra Theological Union or Australian Catholic University will be eligible to receive the Archbishop’s Catechist Diploma Certificate. This diploma will be conferred on successful participants during a celebratory Mass in November 2017. 

    Contact the Catholic Identity team via email cire@cem.edu.au or ph: 9267 0228 to register for one of the professional learning activities.



    Faith Formation


    The following university and spirituality centres offer many faith formation opportunities: 



    Catholic Agencies



    Online Resources

      The following links provide an array of useful resources for working with children in parish-based ministry:  
    • RESource  
    • Liturgy Help   
    • Together at One Altar
      This resource is designed for Australian children Prep to Yr. 12 to develop their formation in the Eucharist and help assist in their full active and conscious participation in its celebration 
    • The Summit  
      Liturgical Journal is available online, free of charge
    • Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation has the Children's Liturgy of the Word brochure to download
    • Praying with colour
      This website offers ideas for leading workshops in this area and has many handouts to download for use. There is a particular emphasis on the liturgical seasons.
    • Faithsing
      This website has a huge array of Christian music and songs to download for free.
    • Liturgy Ritual prayer
      This website provides relevant and enriching resources for liturgy, ritual, prayer and meditation for children, youth and adults. It offers support and guidance to their members. Membership Fee:$350.00 per parish per year. 
    • Sacramental Certificates
      Several options are available for purchase.
    • Echoing the word
      Australian resource for RE and faith formation. Articles, activities and information; access to chatrooms, discussion forums and file sharing service. Bi – monthly publication. Paid subscription.
    • The Emmaus Series
      A series of DVD presentations and reflections on the Sunday readings by Australian theologian Rev.Dr. John Thornhill for adult faith formation in the Catholic Church.
    • Parish e-newsletter
      New weekly e newsletter to cater for people working in parishes. Produced by Jesuit communications, this resource offers support for their parish websites, newsletters and liturgies.









    Regional Network Meetings

      The Catechist Regional Network meetings for 2017 will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre on: 

    • Thursday 9 March 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm 
    • Thursday 21 September 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm.  



      The links below are to short talks and presentations from those who presented at the 2016 Catholic Education Melbourne RE Conference  ‘Be witnesses of God’s mercy’. View the list of keynote speakers and presentations.    

    View these short films from prominent international Catholic speakers:


    Good News for Catechists

    Good News for Catechists image 

    While Good News for Catechists is no longer produced, previous editions are available for reference online.  This publication contains articles on prayer, scripture, reflections on the liturgical season of the year and suggestions for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. 

    Download previous editions from 2011–2015.



    Contact Us


    The Catholic Identity Unit personnel provide support to parish educators and catechists. Please feel free to contact staff via email or telephone on 9267 0228:

    Kerrie-Anne Porreca
    Education Officer: Religious Education 

    Lisa Hughes
    Formation Officer, Catholic Identity

    Vas Clementine
    Formation Officer, Liturgy, Prayer & Spirituality