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  • Catechists Central

    Catholic Education Melbourne supports catechists, pastoral associates and parish coordinators in their work through the website ‘Catechist Central’. On this site, catechists can access resources, professional learning programs, and be directed to other related agencies assisting them with their work with children and families in their parish. Catechist Central includes the following resources:


    Seeking to Live the Good News    STLTGN cover 

    Seeking toLive 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 Holy the Holy Eucharist
    • Preparing to Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation


    Good News for Catechists    GNFC 

    While this publication is no longer produced, previoius editions provide a comprehensive professional learning program for catechists, parents and parish educators throughout the year. Download previous editions.


    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.  


    Catholic Agencies      

    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: 
    • Engaging Scripture 
    • Engaging Prayer 
    • Engaging Sacraments  

    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 Marisa Avano via email mavano@cem.edu.au  or ph: 9267 0228 to register for one of the professional learning activities.   


    Faith Formation

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



    Children’s Liturgy of the Word



    Regional Network Meetings


    The first Catechist Regional Network meeting for 2017 will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre on Thursday 9 March. 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm. 



       The links below are to short talks from prominent International Catholic speakers who presented at the 2016 Catholic education Melbourne RE Conference  ‘Be witnesses of God’s mercy’:


    • Fr James Martin SJ and Richard Rohr OFM - Pope Francis 
    • Fr Richard Leonard SJAs series of short video clips of Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard talking on faith, prayer and spirituality


    Four short videos on ChristianMediation for children and adolescents created by Catholic Education Melbourne Time for the Sacred Christian Mediation for Children.



    Catechist Online Forum

  • 'Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.' (Luke 6: 36)