For specific dates of classes, please go here to the OLS Faith Formation Schedule of Class Dates.
Please note: Catechists still need to register their own children for the current year. Registration payment is waived for catechists.
Requirements for Catechists
The Faith Formation office is dedicated to a constant policy of improving the program with the goal of meeting the needs of the children and families of the parish. Perspective catechists should be faithful Catholics, able to give of themselves spiritually to the children. They should have time to review and prepare for the provided onsite lesson plans with the support of the Director of Faith Formation. They should attend informational and training sessions virtually and onsite. They agree to a Background check by the Diocese and participate in the VIRTUS training session for the Protection of Children. They also receive training through diocesan provided classes. All training is designed to prepare catechists for the important ministry of sharing faith with our young people.
All adults working with minors in our program are required to one-time 2-3 hour Virtus Training course relating to the safety and protection of children through the DRVC. We sometimes offer this course at OLS. To sign up for a course go to Virtus Online and select Diocese of Rockville Centre as your organization from the drop-down menu. Then follow the steps to register and sign up for a class near you. Some of the classes are currently offered virtually. Once you take the class, you do not have to take it again, however, you are required to read monthly articles on the Virtus website to stay current.
Returning Catechists: Please check your VIRTUS account to be sure you are up-to-date on the articles. If you fall behind your status will be deactivated by the DRVC Office for the Protection of Children and Young Adults, and you will have to contact them to be reinstated as a Catechist. If you need to contact the DRVC Office for the Protection of Children and Young Adults, click here. Contact Loren with any questions at email@example.com.