The English Catechism program at St. Joseph’s Cathedral is conducted for two hours weekly, on Fridays- from 9AM with one Hour for Catechism class and the other hour for the Eucharistic Celebration.
Classes for the year 2016-2017 start on October 7 2016 at 8:45 AM. Form for Registrations for this year for NEW students ONLY can be filled up online from this Link.
Students join Grade 1 on completion of six years of age and continue their eight-year faith formation that culminates with the sacrament of confirmation in Grade 8. Each Year generally starts in September/October and Ends in April/May. Each of these 8 years has a separate curriculum as described below.
The program uses ‘Sadliers - We believe’ series approved by the Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia and the Office of Christian Formation for Parish Catechism across the vicariate for Grades 1-6. Grade 7 and 8 use the ‘Called to be faithful - A Confirmation journey’ specially developed as a confirmation program for use in the vicariate.
For First Holy Communion, Children complete their First Confession in Grade 3 and receive their First Holy Communion in Grade 4.
For Confirmation, preparations for Confirmation begin in Grade 7 and students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation usually during Pentecost which coincides with the end of Grade 8.
Post confirmation students join the Youth Program that leads to initiation into Young Adults. (For more details Please refer to separate Web Page link “Youth Catechism”)
In addition to regular lessons, the catechism year features a number of activities oriented towards social responsibility, charity and spiritual growth.
The catechism enrolls an average of 2000 students annually with a team of nearly 130 dedicated catechists looking after the faith formation of the children.
All catechists are required to undergo a Catechists Training Course before they begin teaching. Further training includes regular seminars, retreats and meetings aimed at improving teaching skills and methodology as well as spiritual formation and growth.
The catechism program is guided by Fr. Rodson and Sr. Shelja under the leadership of Fr. Johnson, OFM. Cap. (Parish Priest).