The aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but in intimate communion with Jesus Christ. Following on Evangelization, Catechesis is the deepening of one's understanding of the Gospel.

Visit the events calendar for upcoming parish events in your area.

Catechist Retreats

Two dates are available:

  • Friday, August 26 in Valley City at Maryvale
  • Saturday, August 27 in Bottineau, Metigoshe Ministries Center

Retreats are from 9am-4pm and include Mass and lunch. For more information or to register visit the Catechist Retreat page.

Order Sacramental Preparation Books Online

An on-line form is available to order Sacramental Preparation Handbooks. To order these books visit the Sacramental Preparation Books Order Form page.

The Office of Catechesis

The most comprehensive resource of the Office of Catechesis is the Diocese of Fargo Parish Catechesis Manual and Curriculum Guidelines. It includes sections on diocesan policy, adult catechesis, and catechesis for children and youth. The Fargo Catechetical Institute provides formation of and other resources for catechists.

Visit the Special Needs page for catechetical resources for persons with special needs.

Adult Catechesis

Catechesis of adults is the principal (first) form of catechesis because it is “addressed to the persons who have the greatest responsibility and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form” (Pope John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae 43). Visit the Adult Catechesis page for a list of programs, small faith-sharing groups and other opportunities for adults.

Catechesis of Children and Youth

The Parish Catechesis Manual and Curriculum Guidelines gives the diocesan policy for catechesis, has guideliness for adult catechesis, curriculum for grades K–12, recommendations for textbooks and many other resources for catechesis of persons of all ages. The Sacramental Preparation page has resources for children preparing for the reception of sacraments.

The Diocese of Fargo also requires Safe Environment instruction for students in parish Religious Education programs and Catholic Schools.

Parishes can invite a Young Disciples team to come to their parish for a week-long summer camp.

Fargo Catechetical Institute

The Diocese of Fargo Catechetical Institute provides certification programs for the formation of catechists, as well as other resources .

Additional Resources