Catechesis at the Church of St Anthony
Welcome to this resource by the Catechist Ministry of the Church of St Anthony to provide parents with information on the catechetical programmes in our church. Our programmes start with children aged 4 and continue all the way up to the age of 16 with the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Who We Are
We are a group of 29 passionate catechists in the Catechist Ministry dedicated to:
- Nurturing young people from ages 4 to 16 in the Catholic faith, to be a disciple, worshipper, active parishioner, evangelist, role model and friend of Jesus Christ
- Preparing children and youth to receive the Sacraments of Baptism (age 7 and above), Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation
In addition, we have currently, 9 catechist trainees and 8 assistants. We are led by our Spiritual Director, Fr Ignatius Yeo.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level 1 (4 to 6 years old).
This is a 3-year faith formation programme for children starting at 4 years old. Trained catechists present essential “lessons” and guide the child at “work” with sensory-rich materials in a sacred space called the Atrium, a prayer space where the child encounters the Good Shepherd and starts to develop a close, personal relationship with Jesus. This catechesis is firmly grounded in Liturgy and Scripture, developed by Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew scholar and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori Directress, trained in the methods of Catholic education reformer Maria Montessori.
Precious Seeds (6 years old)
This is a one-year faith formation programme which introduces pre-school children to key topics of our Catholic faith such as Understanding God’s Love, Jesus – our Good Shepherd, Mary – the Mother of God and common Catholic prayers.
Mainstream Catechetical programme Levels 1 to 10 (7 to 16 years old)
Guided by the Office for Catechesis (OFC) curriculum, this 10-year programme provides a holistic experience to children and youth comprising catechist-led catechism lessons, day or overnight retreats, visits to Catholic organisations (e.g. Agape Village), attachments to youth and/or parish ministries. It aims to nurture the Catholic faith in the youth, with keenness to grow and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and His Church (i.e. the parish community at large)
Bridging programme (9 to 13 years old)
This is a one-year programme for children who are baptised but never had formal catechesis or would like to re-start catechesis after a break from formal catechesis. Children who are not baptised may also join this programme before entering the Catechetical programme. Depending on availability of resources, children may be referred to attend Bridging programmes run by the Archdiocese, instead of at parish level.
When the Sacraments are Administered
|Baptism||Children aged 6 and below may apply to the Parish Office to join the Infant Baptism programme. Children and youth aged 7 and above can receive preparation for the sacrament of baptism under the Mainstream Catechetical or Bridging programmes.|
|Reconciliation||Level 2 of the Mainstream Catechetical programme prepares children to receive the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time, typically the child is at the age of 8 or 9. Baptised children in the Bridging programme may also receive catechesis and be prepared for receipt of this sacrament.|
|Holy Eucharist or First Holy Communion||Level 3 of the Mainstream Catechetical programme prepares children to receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion, typically the child is at the age of 9 or 10. Baptised children in the Bridging programme may also receive catechesis and be prepared for receipt of this sacrament.|
|Confirmation||Youth who have completed the Mainstream Catechetical programme, with the desire of living the Catholic faith and being a witness of Jesus Christ, will typically receive this sacrament at the age of 16 or 17.|
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Registration for new students are carried out annually.
Registration for 2020 is now closed. The registration date for 2021 will be announced towards the end of the year in September or October 2020.
All our programmes are run on Saturdays for 4 terms, usually following the same schedule as the Singapore school terms.
Retreats are conducted during school holiday periods in March, June, September and November.
Any questions about our programmes may be directed to the following, depending on your child’s age group.
• Catechesis of Good Shepherd
• Precious Seeds
• Mainstream Catechetical Programme
• Bridging Programme