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General Information

The program consists of three levels: Level I (Catechism I), Level II (Catechism II), Level III (Concentration in Children’s Catechesis). The participant can either take courses for Certification or Audit.

Course Objectives

A woman reads the bible and takes notes.The objectives of the St. Francis De Sales Program are teaching the content of the faith as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Levels I and II) and offering a concentration in proper catechetical methodology as it applies to Children’s Catechesis (Level III).

Length of the Program

The average length of the program:

  • Level I: 10 months
  • Level II: 10 months
  • Level III: 9 months

Fees

The fee is $50.00 per level. Note: The fee does not cover books.

Financial Assistance
If students require financial assistance, they should contact us through the contact information below.

Curriculum Levels

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Curriculum

Catechism I

  • Revelation
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Faith
  • The Trinity
  • Creation and Providence
  • Image of God and the Fall
  • The Incarnation
  • The Holy Spirit
  • The Church
  • The Four Last Things

Student requirements for Certification:

  • Participate in all sessions (10 sessions)
  • Write a two-page paper at the conclusion of the level

Student requirements for Auditing (personal growth):

  • There are no requirements. You are free to attend for your own benefit, although you must take the levels in order (I-III)

Textbooks:

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Curriculum

Catechism II

  • The Sacraments and Grace
  • Baptism and Confirmation
  • The Eucharist
  • The Sacraments of Penance and Anointing
  • Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony
  • The Universal Call to Holiness
  • The Moral Life
  • The Virtues and Commandments
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Prayer

Student requirements for Certification:

  • Participate in all sessions (10 sessions)
  • Write a two-page paper at the conclusion of the level

Student requirements for Auditing (personal growth):

  • There are no requirements. You are free to attend for your own benefit, although you must take the levels in order (I-III)

Textbooks:

Go To Registration

Curriculum

Concentration in Children’s Catechesis

  • What is Catechesis?
  • The Content of Catechesis
  • Teaching the Story through Sacred Scripture
  • Using RCIA as a Model of Instruction
  • Teaching from the Catechism
  • Teaching the Liturgy and the Sacraments
  • Teaching According to Age
  • Teaching Methods in Catechesis
  • Developing Your Curriculum

Student requirements for Certification:

  • Participate in all sessions (9 sessions)
  • Complete the monthly assignments by way of answering reflection questions
  • Final project: Craft and submit two doctrinal lesson plans utilizing the ecclesial methodology
  • An exit interview with the Department Director of Evangelization and Catechesis is required

Student requirements for Auditing (personal growth):

  • There are no requirements. You are free to attend for your own benefit, although you must take the levels in order (I-III)

Textbooks:

Go To Registration

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Contacts:

Jason Whitehead, MA
Director of Evangelization and Catechesis
Director of Faith Formation

817-945-9350

Julie Kiehlbauch, MS
Executive Assistant
817-945-9358

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