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Adult Formation and Parish Catechesis

About our Work

The commission comes within the Diocesan Vicariate for Evangelisation and Mission and presently supports work in the following areas, please follow the links to find out more:

Newsletter - September 2016

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For past newsletters - click here

Children’s Liturgy Formation Day
New Date – Saturday 18th March 2017

For more information and booking:

Awareness Training led by Bishop Patrick
Thursday April 20th 2017

<Download poster here>

Email bookings:

Phone: 0115 9539841 or 07410 411048

Cardinal Vincent Nichols introduces Proclaim '15 - National Evangelisation Initiative
Resources to Use

The PROCLAIM ’15 small group materials for use in parish groups are online ready for download here.

For more information please visit:

The sessions are timeless so can be used any time during 2015 and beyond to initiate prayer and reflection about the foundation stones of Catholic evangelisation. Each session includes a story, questions to ponder, a Scripture reading, prayer and extract from Evangelii Gaudium. The materials aim to inspire a practical and local response to the call to share our faith.

Evangelisation Resources

Proclaim News and Links

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
We have a new RCIA resource pack available for parishes which provides background information on RCIA, how to set up an RCIA team and some helpful contacts. Trainings are also available for parishes wishing to set up a new RCIA team. Please contact Julia Palmer for more details.

To download the resource pack click here

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies CCRS - General Information

CCRS Information




Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis

The Bishop’s Certificate in Catechesis is a foundational course of twelve sessions covering the basics of faith and also the practical skills needed for catechesis. It runs over 9 months on one or two evenings a month for two hours and ends with a commissioning service. The course will be helpful for new catechists and also for those who wish to learn more and improve their skills as catechists.  The other great benefit of the course is that catechists get together from different parishes and share their experience and best practice.

Aims and objectives leaflet
Blank template for Reflective logs

New course commencing September 2017.

Course details click here

Booking form click here

Poster click here


Crossing The Threshold: Reaching Non-Churchgoing Catholics

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It's estimated that at least two-thirds of the baptised Catholic community in England and Wales are non-churchgoing - approximately four million people. This makes a significant constituency of people who, in most cases, self-identify as Catholic but never or rarely attend Mass. The Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis has initiated a national project to support ministry to this group of people. Read more here

Diocesan Day – Families and Faith Saturday 22nd November 2014 Click to view

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Download talk <here>

For further information please contact Diane Williams on 0115 9539831
or email

RCIA – Journey in Faith Handbook

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