The CCD supports Catechists in the Diocese with Resources to assist them in the classroom. This page also contains a link to Forms that may be required by parish coordinators.
CCD Regional Resource Centres
Each CCD Regional Centre has resources available for borrowing. There are resources to complement your lesson planning as well as resources for your own education. These include Reference books, Story & Picture books, Posters, DVDs & CDs.
To find your regional centre go to the Contact Us page.
The Sunday before Ash Wednesday is traditionally Catechist Sunday in the Diocese and this year will be held on Sunday 14 February 2021. Catechist Sunday is an annual event in the CCD Calendar. Catechist Sunday originated in 1935 when the Vatican published a document ‘On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education’, which acknowledged the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and asked every country to honour those catechists who serve within their Christian communities.
As catechists begin another year of ministry, parishes are invited to stop and think about the dedicated work of these volunteers. You may choose any number of ways to recognise and celebrate their service to the parish community, such as:
- Commissioning service with blessing ceremony for catechists. Download Catechist Renewal of Commitment
- Inviting a catechist to highlight their vocation to the ministry.
- Showing the I’m a Catechist video (Parish Coordinators have these) or you can download from this link.
- Printing catechist profiles in the parish bulletin.
- Exhibit a catechetical ministries display table outside the church after Mass.
- Gathering for a catechist morning tea with the parish community after Mass.
Parishes are asked to acknowledge the work and dedication of volunteer catechists, including SRE catechists, Sacramental catechists, RCIA catechists and Children’s Liturgy of the Word catechists. Because Catechist Sunday acknowledges the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry, it also provides an opportunity to recognise Catholic school teachers in the parishes.
2020 Caritas Lenten Resources for Catechists
Caritas provides extensive resources for the classroom including posters, teacher notes, student pages, maps and videos for students from K-12. These are free to download from: https://lent.caritas.org.au/page/schools
The Bishop David L Walker Library
The Diocesan library is available to catechists of the Diocese for borrowing. An online catalogue is available through the library site. The library is also in the process of compiling lists, by theme, of items in their CCD Collection. Links to these lists will be posted here as they become available:
To access resources from the library, you will need to complete a membership application form and either mail or scan and email it to the library.
The library is situated in the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills. Map and directions.
Downloadable forms required by Parish Coordinators during the course of their role.