Catechist Login

Requirements for being a catechist

1. Fingerprinting–You need to be fingerprinted and cleared through the Diocese of San Jose before you begin teaching. Go to Verify Group’s website for address, phone, directions, and hours of operation. You will need to tell them that you need to be fingerprinted for the Diocese of San Jose, St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish. You will need to make a $20 co-pay which is reimbursable.

2. If you are called to be a catechist for the first time, please fill out a Catechist Application, and also a New Catechist Interview. If you are returning this year as a catechist, please fill out the Returning Catechist Interview.

3. You need to take the online course called ShieldtheVulnerable every three years. Please print the certificate and turn it in to the Catechetical Office.

4. Ongoing Catechist Formation. Please prayerfully consider which of these activities you will do this year to enrich your faith and catechetical skills.

Faith Beyond 2000, meets one Monday evening per month in the Chancery office, (we can carpool!) September through July. You don’t have to attend every one. Just chip away at them as you work toward your basic catechist certificate.

Try a blog or webinar! In the comfort of your home, you can stay connected and get the latest tips to enhance your classroom. Joe Paprocki has several great webinars on his blog:

Faith Formation Conference, November each fall at the Santa Clara County Convention Center. You can sign up for both days, or Friday only, or Saturday only. This is a great conference…so close to home…no travel or hotel!! Again we can carpool.

Loyola Press- Finding God

This is the series we use for grades 1 and 3-8. Click on the Title above  or on the Activity Finder below to be connected with the Loyola Press website. Set up an account using the Access code on the inside back cover of your catechist manual. You can access a wide-range of ideas for crafts and activities related to each lesson.  Engage all of their senses!

Activity Finder

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