'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
Please note that all sessions will be held online until the COVID-19 pandemic situation improves, in accordance with the guidelines from the government (MCCY), Archdiocese & parish priests.
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, 10.00 - 11.30am & Sunday 9.30am - 12.00pm
Saturday, 3.30 - 5.00pm & Sunday, 9.45 - 11.15am
Saturday, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Sunday, 9.45 - 11.45am
All sessions are held on Zoom until further notice.
Susan Thian: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Thian at email@example.com
Download the advisories on enrolment into the WeCat programme for new Sec1 students here.
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.
L1 (3 - 6 years old)
Monday, 1.30pm and 4.00pm
Saturday, 8.00am and 10.30am
L2 (6 - 9 years old)
L3 (9 - 12 years old)
Marc Tan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The CCD Ministry provides faith formation classes for International School students in Singapore. The academic term is from September to May, with breaks correlating with most International School holidays. We offer catechism classes from G2 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 children, and their families, on their journey of faith.
Grade 2 - 7: Tuesday or Thursdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm, Zoom
Click here for more details on the CCD Programme.
CCD General Coordinators:
Lourdes Samson/ Dorothy Kay, email@example.com
First Holy Communion Coordinator:
Lourdes Samson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Siazon, email@example.com
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 2.00 - 3.00pm, Zoom
Catechists meet at 1.30pm
Michelle Cheng/ Maxine Yong/ Sharon Wan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgy of the Word for Children (LOWC)
Children aged 3 to 10 years, during the Sunday 8.15am & 10.15am 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.
All LOWC sessions have been suspended until further notice
Karen Leo / Vivien Chan / Marilyn Goh: email@example.com