ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
Roman Catholic Church, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HR.

CATECHISTS

There are four different groups of Catechists working in the Parish:-

BAPTISM CATECHISTS
Mission Statement:- The Catechists help parents to prepare for the Baptism of their child.

The Catechists arrange two meetings with parents where they show some videos provided by the Diocese (Cafe). The videos are stopped from time to time to enable a short discussion and answer any questions that may arise. The meetings last about an hour and parents find them both enjoyable and helpful.

The final meeting includes going through the Rite of Baptism and Readings and Hymns that parents may wish to include during the Baptismal service of their child.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY CATECHISTS
There are two children's Liturgy Groups, one for the 3-8year olds and the other for 8-11year olds or post First Communion. At the begining of the 10.00am. Sunday Mass, children are invited to attend there own liturgy which is prepared by the Catechists. The children rejoin their parents in church after making a presention of their work at the Offertory.

FIRST COMMUNION CATECHISTS
Mission Statement:- The Catechists provide Pastoral Support to the children preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist for the first time.

R.C.I.A. (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
or
Journey in Faith.

Journey in Faith is a way of welcoming, forming and initiating new members into the Church. There is no specific time scale for this process as it depends on the individual. There are four different sections covered: Sharing the Good News; Discovering our Faith; The Spiritual Journey; and Travelling On.

Journey in Faith involves the whole parish and although not everyone can take an active part, everyone can be involved in welcoming, journeying and celebrating with those who express an interest in becoming part of the family of the Church. Those who are actively involved include the priest, catechists, sponsors, people who offer hospitality, those who will make a special point of praying for the inquirers and many others. There may also be members of the parish who may like to join in to brush up on their own faith.

Journey in Faith is not only about initiating new members into the community of the Church and helping them to understand the basic beliefs which they are about to profess, but also about developing a relationship with God. It is the theory and practice of faith as a living and growing element in our lives. The process introduces inquirers to a journey of faith on which we are all travellers. It is a journey on which we travel together and we learn from one another.

If you are interested in becoming involved in any way - as an inquirer or in another capacity; please contact Claire McLoughlin or Fr Michael who will be happy to discuss the matter with you.