The Office of Catechesis is a direct extension of the Archbishop's ministry to proclaim and transmit the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Every baptized Catholic person is called to be a part of this ministry with the Archbishop. How?
"All Christ's faithful are called to hand [the Good News] on from generation to generation,
- by professing the faith,
- by living it in fraternal sharing, and
- by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 3
Faith is a gift from God. The Office of Catechesis helps the people of the Archdiocese of Edmonton fulfill their mission of proclaiming the Good News of Christ (also called "evangelizing," or spreading the Good News). We explain Christ's teachings, encourage people to observe those teachings, and help people find ways to deepen their present faith.
"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ."
~ General Directory for Catechesis, 80
Many elements of the Church's mission have a catechetical (faith teaching and sharing) aspect to them. These elements include the following:
- proclaiming the Gospel for the first time or missionary preaching to arouse faith or the desire for it
- examining the reasons for belief
- experience of Christian living
- celebrating the sacraments of the Church
- integrating people into the church community
- personal witnessing by relating to the Apostles, the Pope, or their teachings, and
- personal witnessing by missionary work.
"The diocesan catechetical office is the means which the Bishop as head of the community and teacher of doctrine utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities of the diocese."
General Directory of Catechesis, 265
We are available to the parishes, schools, and religious communities that make up the Archdiocese. When requested, we provide as much help as possible for catechesis in all its forms with facts, news, resources, guidance, and formation.
The Office of Catechesis benefits greatly from the guidance and support of an Advisory Committee comprised of members drawn from the clergy, religious, and laity. This group meets several times a year to further the many initiatives of the Office of Catechesis. Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Archbishop for a three-year term.
Associate Director: Susan Barylo, Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2292
Administrative Assistant: Danielle White, Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2286