The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) in the Diocese of Parramatta supports our 47 parishes to seek and support volunteers to become accredited catechists who teach Special Religious Education in state schools in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Spiritual wellbeing, delivered by Special Religious Education classes, is one of the five elements of the Department of Education’s Wellbeing Framework, alongside the cognitive, physical, emotional and social wellbeing of children and young people.
The classes given by our catechists enable the seeds of faith to be sown and then nourished by parents, our faith community and parish life.
With thanks to generous community support, last year 1,000 volunteer catechists from our 47 parishes, including 350 student Special Religious Education classroom helpers from Catholic high schools, shared the Good News with more than 15,000 students in 195 primary and secondary public schools.
Your gift will help nourish the faith formation of children and families.
Your generosity will provide training and resources for catechists to sow the seeds of faith so more children and young people can come to know Jesus.
Please pray for our Special Religious Education teachers and classroom helpers as they strive to help the children we teach to know and understand Jesus’ message of “love one another as I have loved you.”
We are most grateful for your kind-hearted support.
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“Our lessons give children room to encounter a loving God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When you’re a catechist you bring hope and joy to the young people you teach, as well as playing a valuable role in their development.”
“A reward from this work is to see students praying to God, sharing their joys and sorrows . . . I’m also moved when students freely approach teachers years later, recalling their Special Religious Education classes. Some of these students go on to become Special Religious Education teachers themselves.”
Cecilia Zammit, Director of The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine