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Catechists Needed for the 2019-2020 School Year

Religious Education teachers are called catechists. A catechist (from the Greek word“to echo”) is someone commissioned by the parish to hand down its faith tradition.


St. Michael's is accepting volunteer Elementary Formation Catechists for the new school year 2019-2020.


What are the expectations of a catechist?

  • Attend Mass regularly

  • Foster an environment of prayer each week to include a variety of forms, incorporating Ignatian Spirituality

  • Prepare lessons in advance, giving careful consideration to the developmental level of the grade being taught 

  • Work as a team with co-catechist(s), substitutes, room parents and other volunteers

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to set up classroom

  • Incorporate a variety of techniques (visual, verbal, musical, physical) to facilitate varying learning styles of students

  • Restore and clean classroom at the end of each class

  • Must be enrolled in the Safe Environment Program

  • 1-2 hours weekly at-home class preparation

  • 90 minutes on Saturdays (including prep, teaching, cleanup time)


Register using one of these online forms; the form for teens is to be completed by a parent/guardian.








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Safe Environment

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
In order to achieve the above, the diocese has a Safe Environment Program that implements training, screening, background checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Every parish, school and Diocesan agency has the program and each is responsible for program implementation and continuation.

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All volunteers are required to complete the following steps prior to service:


    1. Complete Diocesan Online screening form (  para espanol 

    2. Read, sign and return to the office the following documents:

    3. Diocese Safe Environment Program Policy (February 2011)

    4. Diocese Policy of Sexual Misconduct (December 2010)

    5. Diocese Social Media Policy (August 2016)

    6. Complete and submit a Parish Registration Form to the parish office. (

    7. Schedule an Interview with the Safety Officer at 972-542-4667 ext. 102.


To be eligible to volunteer within the parish, you must be a registered parishioner for a minimum of 6 months.  Please contact the Safety Officer should you have any questions at 972-542-4667 ext. 102


Class Schedule for new and current volunteers will include

  •      Recognizing, Responding and Reporting

  •      Warning:  4 victims of child abuse share their experiences in this video.

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Please visit:

  • Choose: My Obligations

  • You will be asked to enter your name & street address

  • Note: If you are not able to access the system, please contact the Safety Officer via email at or call the parish office.

  • Choose:  Search

  • Choose: Update Information and Continue

  • Choose: View all Online Courses

Please review the list of courses that you have already taken; please do NOT repeat a course.  It is good practice to be diverse in our teachings. Therefore, we ask that you be cautious in choosing an on-line video that you have not previously viewed.   Every volunteer MUST have taken the Family of Faith video at least once.

Choose:  Continue to the class

Once you have completed the on-line video, there will be a short quiz.  Once you have completed the quiz your file will automatically be updated within the Diocesan database.  It is important that you ensure that your record was saved as complete.

Once you have completed this process, please call the office to arrange for the issuance of your photo badge.

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Always Report Abuse

If you have been abused by a member of the clergy, or church personnel at any point in your life, or know someone who has been, please report the abuse to law enforcement or the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400  or

You may also contact the Diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, Barbara Landregan, at 214-379-2812.  Let us always pray that God our Heavenly Father will bring comfort and healing to all victims and their loved ones.

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