Religious Ed Teachers Needed

What is a Catechist?

Have you been thinking of a way to give back or make connections at St. Gertrude? Consider becoming a catechist! Catechists teach Religious 

Education classes, which at St. Gertrude are offered to children in grades 1-8. 


Classes are taught on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. Other 

catechists teach brief lessons of faith based on the Sunday readings in our Kids Word program. This takes place during the 10:30 am Masses in Church and is for children in grades K-4.


The goal of catechists is to share their faith and the lessons of God and Jesus by creating age-appropriate lessons, teach the traditions of the church, and build community with the families of their students. 


Catechists are usually not professional teachers, just willing parents and parishioners who enjoy kids and want to help them grow in a personal relationship with God, participate in the sacraments, and develop a mature conscience and integrate faith in all areas of their lives.


Candidates must either be Virtus-certified or willing to take training that educates participants on the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, how to prevent it, and submit to a background check. 


Classes begin on Sunday, September 8. We are still in need of parents to serve as catechists and Kids Word leaders. Please consider offering your time and talents to help our young people learn about and grow in their faith. If you have any questions, please reach out to Family Minister Jim Potthast at jpotthast@stgertrudechicago.org.


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