Faith for children in public schools during Year of the Family

By Cecilia Zammit, 18 April 2021
Image: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


Happy Easter to all our catechists. We are looking forward to another year of working with you all as we continue to share our faith and the Gospel with Catholic children in our state schools.

In this Year of the Family we are proud of the role that our catechists play in taking the faith to Catholic families in the local public schools. As our catechists are being welcomed back into public schools, we will follow the same COVID-safe protocols as in 2020.

Parents are their child’s first teachers

Parents and carers are the first teachers of the faith to their children and catechists see their role as partners in bringing hope and purpose to young lives.

Parents, every Mass you take your child to, every prayer you say at home together and every discussion you have with them about what they learn in Religious Education classes will progress them in their faith journey.

We encourage you to seek out the family videos, FaithFlix, that can be found on The Well ( and watch them with your children.

Welcome to new Catechists

The short video on The Well called The Joy of being a Catechist is an impressive resource being used by parishes to promote this important ministry. We welcome the new parishioners that have come forward to volunteer.

Find the video on


Training is important for every catechist. This year, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine will be offering a combination of face-to-face training opportunities as well as training via Zoom throughout March, April and May.

Level 1 Training

Fridays March and April

9.30am to 2.30pm via Zoom.

The second course begins 3 May.

Level 3 Training

April and May 10am to 2pm at IFM Blacktown.

Contact Maree on (02) 8838 3486 or email for enquiries and bookings.


Cecilia Zammit is the Director of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Diocese of Parramatta. To find out more about becoming a catechist in 2021, contact Cecilia at or (02) 8838 3486.


This article was originally featured in the Lent and Easter/Autumn 2021 Edition of the Catholic Outlook Magazine.

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