SRE, Catechists and Scripture

“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)

We acknowledge over 1400 primary school catechists (or scripture teachers) and 400 high school catechists who give their time generously to teach the Catholic Faith to 27,000 primary and high school students within the Archdiocese of Sydney in 306 public schools.  We recognise their response to their baptismal call to evangelise, the voluntary nature of their generosity and their love for the children in a work which is often unseen and unrecognised yet crucial and rewarding. 

In our St Ambrose Parish we have 9 catechists teaching 250 Catholic children in our 3 local public schools – Strathfield North Public School, Victoria Avenue Public School and Concord West Public School. Once a week volunteers from our Parish attend these primary schools to teach students about the Catholic religion (sanctioned by the student’s parent). We have over 250 students at these schools who attend Catholic Scripture each week. Within the Catholic Church, these volunteers are called Catechists and within the schools these lessons are called ‘Scripture’.

We are always looking for catechists!  We are flexible – so if you are only able to teach a couple of terms a year or if you would be able to do every 2nd week or if you and a friend want to share a class, do not hesitate to contact us to further discuss.

Classes are 30 mins long and are as follows: Strathfield North Public School on Wednesday mornings, Concord West Public School on Tuesday mornings and Victoria Avenue Public School on Tuesdays from11.45am to 12.15pm.

All catechists receive training, lesson manuals, books and all necessary resources and support from the Archdiocese plus great friendship/support from our St Ambrose catechists.

So why be a catechist?

  • Share JESUS with others.
  • Contribute to your parish and community.
  • Have the opportunity to deepen your personal faith.
  • Meet new friends who will support you.
  • Great opportunity to work your mind and attend workshops and quality training courses.

Please contact Megan Harris through the Parish office 97431023 or email [email protected] if you would like to chat about becoming a catechist.

SRE During Lockdown!

During this time when scripture at school isn’t an option, we are able to provide parents access to the Catholic SRE ‘Learning from Home’ series. Our Parish uses the ‘Christ Our Life and Life’ programme … you can access it here.

If you need any assistance at all during this time, please do not hesitate to contact the St Ambrose office on 97431023 or our email.