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Each catechist/volunteer is responding to a call in their heart. This call is from God and is supported by the Emmaus community.
In answering the call, a catechist becomes a “witness to the faith by sharing his/her faith commitment through word, experience, prayer, and liturgy.”
The mission of Emmaus Catholic Parish in faith formation is rooted philosophically in Scripture, Christ is the vine and we are the branches; without Christ we are nothing. We will meet everyone on their walk of faith, and will journey with them, mentoring and instructing, to meet Christ in the Eucharist.
Recognizing that parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith, we at Emmaus Catholic Parish work toward the above mission through the program of religious education for CCE and Youth. These programs offer experiential instruction to children beginning at age 4, and continue in age-appropriate format sequentially through high school.
Requirements/Expectations for Volunteers
In making a commitment, the catechist/volunteer becomes responsible for the following:
Must be an active practicing Catholic
Must be a member of Emmaus Catholic Parish
Must be willing to consent to criminal background check
Works in conjunction with the Emmaus Religious Education staff regarding parent/volunteer guidelines
Must become aware of/re-familiarized with Church teachings and teach only approved authentic church doctrine
Takes advantage of class sessions and any other teacher meetings provided by the parish as required by the diocese
Prepares lessons in advance and organizes materials needed for class activities
Is on time for class - which is 15 minutes prior to class time
Provides a positive classroom atmosphere with a prayer area
Communicates with parents about programs, events, and classroom instruction as needed; distributes flyers or makes phone calls
Continues his/her own personal, educational and spiritual development through attendance at courses, workshops, retreats, and Bible Studies provided by the parish or diocese
Bishop Joe Vasquez and the Austin Diocese support the local faith community in its role of providing ongoing formation through the catechist formation certification process. All catechists in the diocese are invited to be part of this continuing process.
Interested in being a catechist for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, or High School? Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information, (512) 261-8500 x 304.