Catechists, therefore, whether in this country and elsewhere working with their Bishops, Priests and Deacons play a vital role in passing on the faith of the Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the cover of which can be seen above, says in its Prologue that "Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine impaed, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to inititating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life."
Given such a demanding purpose of catechesis it is important, therefore, that any Catechists are properly trained. In this diocese the Adult Formation Adviser, David Wills (pictured below) is working hard to support new locally based training for Catechists. Redhill Deanery has recently finished a programme of training for Catechists and Cathedral Deanery is soon to launch a series of sessions lead by clergy and lay people for Catechesists, new and old from 5th October. The first term will focus on the content of faith in areas such as the person of Jesus to the Church. The second term will focus more on the methods needed to hand on this content. Anybody interested in finding out any more about this course and running one in their parish or deanery should contact David Wills on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I, however, leave the last word to the Catechsim that states that the ultimate purpose of catechesis is to help people "believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name..."