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Annual Mass for catechists

Parish coordinators Mary Gale (Katoomba) and Wilma Boyd (Leura)
Parish coordinators Mary Gale (Katoomba) and Wilma Boyd (Leura).

By Paul Worthington, CCD Director

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP will be the principal celebrant for the annual CCD Mass at 10am on Friday 10 September at St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown. The Mass will be concelebrated by the priests of our Diocese.

Following Mass, Bishop Anthony will present a number of service awards and certificates. This year we have 75 recipients of years of service from 10 to 45 years. We also acknowledge the work of retired parish coordinators.

In 2010, we have our largest Level 3 cohort of 25 participants who will receive awards. Part of the acknowledgement of service is the witness of the senior Catholic students who teach in state primary schools. These senior students will receive a certificate to enter in their curriculum vitae.

Ethics trial update

On behalf of the bishops of NSW and the Executive of the Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools NSW, Bishop Peter Ingham has sent representations to the NSW Government and the state Opposition to ensure we are part of the ongoing review process of the ethics program after the trial in 10 state schools earlier this year.

A submission has been sent in line with the 37,000 Catholic signatures that were part of more than 50,000 signatures as part of the “Save our Scripture Campaign”. We have expressed concerns on three counts:

  1. The implementation of the trial;
  2. The content of the curriculum; and
  3.  Provision of training and resources.

Level 2 courses

The next Level 2 accreditation course will be at the Diocesan Assembly Centre, 1-5 Marion Street, Blacktown, from 7-9.15pm on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 September to 8 November 201.

SRE teachers wishing to enroll are asked to contact Maree Collis at the CCD Office Ph 02 9890 4731.

Congratulations to our Level 3 participants (25 in number) and participants in Level 2 and Level 1 who recently completed their courses.

For more information about the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, becoming a catechist, and CCD accreditation courses go to:

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