A catechist is generally a person who instructs the faithful on the essential truths of Christian faith and morals.
In our particular case it means one who also dispenses a good understanding of Catholic doctrine. Teaching the faith is a charism or special gift of the Holy Spirit. Catechists teach parish children from the ages of Grade 1 through 9 in our parish Religious Education program.
Any person taking on the role of catechist must be a Baptized and Confirmed Roman Catholic, actively practicing the faith, living out the moral teaching of the Church, and attending Holy Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. Further the catechist must be a good Christian witness to our youth in behavior, language and dress and demonstrate and exemplify the Catholic teaching they profess.