'The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity'.
– Pope John Paul II; Catechesi Tradendae #5
Catechesis is one of the most important ministries in the church as we share our faith and knowledge with our children and youth. The word “catechesis” comes from a Greek word meaning “to echo” or “hand-down what has been received”. Our program therefore continues sowing the seeds by proclaiming through voice and action – the Word of God.
The following are the catechetical programmes in our parish:
Weekend Catechetical Programme (WeCat)
The Weekend Catechetical Programme is especially suited for children and youth from Primary 1 to Secondary 4, in the local school system, as our calendar follows closely the Ministry of Education's school year, i.e. January to November. The goal of our programme is to guide young people into relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church; initiating the young person into the entire Christian life, which culminates in their participation in community and mission.
Full participation in the programme leads the young person through the Sacraments of Initiation (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation). But beyond that, the focus of the programme is also the formation of Small Christian Communities within our Parish Youth Community (De Vita Christi).
Saturday, 1.30 - 3.00pm; 4.00 - 5.30pm
Saturday, 10.00am -12.00pm & Sunday 9.30 - 11.30am
Saturday, 3.30 - 5.30pm & Sunday, 9.30 - 11.30am
Saturday, 3.30 - 5.30pm
Sunday, 9.30 - 11.30am
All our catechetical sessions are conducted in the Annex Building, behind the Main Church Building. If you are driving, kindly enter via 8 Victoria Park Road S266492 and drive to the end of the open-air carpark. Do be patient and follow the instructions of the Traffic Assistants. Thank you.
Susan Ng-Thian: 9720 4133, email@example.com
Sacrament Preparation (For Missed Sacraments only)
We also have special classes catering to students who have missed Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation). Please contact our Catechetical Coordinator, Susan Ng-Thian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the advisories on enrolment into the WeCat programme for new Sec1 students here.
Please note that all sessions across all levels are FULL for 2023.
In our Atrium, we take in children new to CGS only in the year they turn 4. We are otherwise full across all age groups. You may write in to request to be put on the waiting list for children born in 2020 (to enter the atrium in 2024). We will only contact you some time towards the end of 2023 when the registration process begins.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)
“Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ ” - Mark 9:36-37
In CGS, children aged 3 - 12, together with catechists, explore Sacred Scripture and Liturgy in an approach which takes guidance from Montessori principles. Together as a community, they draw ever closer to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
The children attend weekly sessions in a prepared environment, called The Atrium. It is a sacred place where the child is free to work with materials, lovingly made by catechists, to enjoy time with God, listen to the Word and to respond to God's abundant love and to pray.
In St Ignatius the CGS Catechists run 19 two-hour sessions across all three levels, L1 - L3 (for children aged 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12) every week during local school terms.
Registration Team: email@example.com
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The CCD Ministry provides faith formation classes for International School Expatriate students in Singapore. The CCD Catecism academic term is from September to May. We offer catechism classes from G1 to G8 and help prepare students to receive the Sacraments of First Holy Reconciliation and Communion as well as Confirmation. Recognising the special circumstances of expatriate families in Singapore, we also offer a Special Holy Communion program which prepares older children to receive the sacraments. Over the years we have had the joy of accompanying many international school expatriate children, and their families, on their journey of faith.
Grade 1 - 7: Tuesday or Thursdays 4.00pm - 5.10pm
Click here for more details on the CCD Programme.
CCD General Coordinators:
Ida Gao/ Dorothy Kay, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Holy Communion Coordinator:
Carmel Tan, email@example.com
Sylvia Shu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading Little Ones to God (LLOTG)
Leading Little Ones to God was initiated some 16 years ago by a few expatriate mothers in our parish as a fun Bible story-telling, craft and activity session for pre-school children. Over the years, it has evolved under the stewardship of several different volunteer teams and undergone many changes. However it remains grounded in the belief that young children enjoy a joyful relationship with God and that the pre-school child learns in a different way from his or her older sibling. Our main objective is thus 'echoing our faith' in a fun and joyful way for our young children in Kindergarten 1 and 2.
Lessons are drawn from appropriate Catholic faith formation programmes and incorporate interactive story-telling, action songs, games, role-play, and art & craft activities. These are seamlessly merged into a curriculum which celebrates important events and catechetical milestones in the liturgical calendar.
Every Saturday 1.30 - 3.00pm
Room #02-04, Annexe Building
Michelle Cheng/ Maxine Yong/ Sharon Wan: email@example.com
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LOWC)
Children aged 3 to 10 years, during the Sunday 8am & 10am Mass, are invited to experience God’s love through the proclamation of the Gospel in LOWC sessions. The Proclaimer receives the Children's Lectionary and leads the children out to various venues where the Sunday's Gospel is proclaimed to them in a manner where the children can understand the readings. The children bring up the Offertory Gifts and re-join the parents for the rest of the Sunday liturgy.
We also organise activities to help the children experience the various liturgical seasons and special occasions e.g. Advent activities, Lenten activities, Palm Sunday Children's Procession, Easter Egg hunt, Children's Day Mass.
Sunday 8am Masses, La Storta Room.
Karen Leo / Vivien Chan / Marilyn Goh: firstname.lastname@example.org