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Catechist program


The Catechist program provides an imperative service to the Catholic Church around Australia, both in introducing the Catholic faith to children without regular access to the Church, and in preparing children of the appropriate age to undertake the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Whilst the term ‘Catechist’ is a general term for a person who spreads the Word of God, Parish Catechists focus on two main areas – school catechism, and sacramental preparation catechism.


Catechists conduct classes and information sessions for children in state primary schools. Additionally, Catechists again run classes and information sessions to prepare children in state schools for the receipt of their sacraments.

Catechists are usually Parish volunteers who dedicate their time for the objective of informing children of the Word of God. School Catechists typically dedicate a one hour class per week at a state school in the Parish, with some time beforehand to preparing the week’s activities. Sacramental preparation Catechists conduct their work on a more sporadic basis, running five or six weekly hour-long information sessions as part of the Sacramental Partners Program, and similarly dedicate some time beforehand to preparing for upcoming sessions. This work is seasonal, coinciding with the Parish’s Sacramental Masses.

Contact/joining requirements

Prior training is required in becoming a Catechist, as well as some basic teaching and craft skills. Catechists are supplied with the materials required for their classes. All enquiries on becoming a Catechist should be directed to Melissa Nieborak, the Parish’s Catechist co-ordinator, at the Presbytery during office hours.



All Saints Catholic Parish

19 College Avenue, Shellharbour City

Tel: 02 4296 3939

Fax: 02 4295 1388


Parish Priest

Very Rev Bryan Jones 

Parish Priest & Vicar General

Assistant Priest

Fr Stephen Varney

Melissa Nieborak - Catechist Coordinator

All Saints Prayer

God of all holiness

you gave your saints

different gifts on earth

but one reward in heaven.

May their prayers be our

constant encouragement for

each of us to walk worthily

in our vocation.

We ask this through

Christ our Lord.


All holy men and women, pray for us.