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Catechists

Contact: Aina Yates, Director of Rel. Ed.  | (805) 646-0307  | aina@stacojai.org 

What is a Catechist? 

The Catechist is a person of faith who leads others in understanding the faith teachings according to the official teachings of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The role of the catechist is a vital ministry to the Church.  It is a gift that has tremendous value to the world community at large because through the catechist’s word and action, the message of Christ continues to have a place in all human affairs.      

What does a Catechist do? 

The primary goal of a catechist is to model God’s love to others.  As a result, the primary requisite of a catechist is a love for God and a love for children. A catechist develops a lesson plan and uses that plan to teach in the classroom.  By creating the lesson plan the catechist ultimately designs and structures experiences for students that help them grow in their personal faith and spirituality.  The catechist passes on to students a set of shared meanings and values that are Catholic and Christian. A catechist also initiates others into the faith community, into its life, its worship, symbols and practices.

Who teaches Faith Formation at STAC?

Our parish Faith Formation teachers (called “catechists”) come from all walks of life. Few come with any special training to the job. But each person brings his or her own unique experiences and gifts to the program. And it is this extraordinary diversity that keeps this special ministry attuned to the changing needs and dynamic character that make up the St. Thomas Aquinas parish community. 

 A few important details to consider:

  • Classes are taught for students in Pre-school through 8th grade. The class sessions are on Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:45pm & 6:00pm - 7:15pm
  • Class size is generally kept to 5 to 15 students.
  • All training, teaching materials, classroom supplies and ongoing support are provided throughout the year.
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles requires all adults over the age of 18 to complete a criminal background check before beginning the volunteer program.
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles requires all adults over the age of 18 who work with children to complete the one-time “Protecting God’s Children” safe environment training, authorize a background check and complete several forms.  Find information and training dates here.