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 Retreat 2019 will be Friday, August 23, Maryvale, Valley City

James Tissot

 The Catechist Retreat will be offered in only one location this year.  The Retreat WILL happen, it might not be too late to still sign up, contact Mary Hanbury

  • Friday retreat will be in Valley City, Maryvale retreat center on Friday, August 23, 2019

For more information or to register online, visit the Catechist Retreat web page.

Sacramental Preparation: Books Orders and Resources

Bishop John Folda has mandated that all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Fargo will be using the "Encounter" series; Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation by Our Sunday Visitor beginning fall 2019.  You may still continue to order the other sacramental preparation books listed on the order form, however for those parishes and schools in this diocese, they can only be used as a supplemental in addition to the "Encounter" series

Parishes are still required to purchase or print off the web site, the Sacramental Preparation Handbooks for parents 

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

The Sacramental Preparation page contains resources for children preparing for the reception of sacraments.

Religious Education Curriculum

Covers of text books

Bishop Folda has mandated the use of Alive in Christ by Our Sunday Visitor as the main textbook series for grades 1-8th in parish and school religious education programs. For more information, visit the Curriculum page. 

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.

Fargo Catechetical Institute

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