The Office of Catechesis for Children provides leadership in the research, development and coordination of religious education programs serving children in the Diocese of Savannah.

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Annual Catechetical Leaders' Meeting | Saturday, August 19, 2017
Johnson Street School, 210 E. Johnson St., Dublin

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Program Resources

Sacraments and Rites

Since parental involvement is vital and primary in catechesis, it is recommended there be at least two parental meetings in preparation for each sacrament received. This gives parents the opportunity to explore the sacrament in their own lives as well as its importance for their child. Many parishes face the reality of people returning to the Church and bringing non-baptized children of catechetical age with them. In these cases, it is optimal if the children could participate in an RCIA adapted for Children. This may involve different age levels, so age-appropriate materials are needed. Many publishers have good materials available for such groups: please contact the Diocesan Office if assistance in finding these materials is needed.
~ From the Handbook for Parish Faith Formation Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education

Special Needs Catechesis

Special Needs Resources Booklet
Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities - A Statement of the USCCB

Worship, Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation Resources

Special Needs Sacramental Preparation Kits from Loyola Press
Resources for Inclusive Catechesis at the Institute of Pastoral Resources (University of Dayton)
Inclusion in Worship | Pathways.org
Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (USCCB)

All volunteers and paid employees who work with youth in any capacity must meet Safe Environment Requirements:

  • Fully and successfully completed VIRTUS training (including registering online and participating in online refresher training)
  • A National Criminal Background Check (at minimum, every 5 years)
  • Diocesan Code of Conduct signed and on file at parish

Compliance questions can be directed to the Office for Child and Youth Protection at (912) 201-4074.

Teaching Touching Safety must be offered annually in all parish faith formation programs for every student. DRE/CREs must obtain the lesson plans every year by clicking on the Educator Tab of the VIRTUS website after you have logged in. If you are unable to access your VIRTUS page or do not have an Educator Tab, please contact Joan Altmeyer at (912) 201-4074.

More information about VIRTUS and Safe Environment Compliance can be found by visiting the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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