God 'determined to call together in the holy Church those who believe in Christ'

Lumen Gentium

Mission for Catechesis

What is the Mission?

      The Mission for Catechesis promotes Catechesis for Mission. 

     We announce and defend the Good News of Jesus Christ the Lord.



“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Catechesis – education in the faith for ongoing evangelisation – has rightly been given a high priority in Our Mission Together. 

We in the Mission for Catechesis are here to help priests and their parishioners announce the Good News of Jesus Christ the Lord, through comprehensive, organic and systematic evangelisation.

We are lay people working for the Diocese of Shrewsbury in the Department of New Evangelisation, and we are here to help build up resources, courses and community for catechists, and those who wish to become catechists, throughout the Diocese.

Our Mission is Catechesis. That means we’re here to help catechists become the best catechists they can be, and to offer catechesis from the heart of the Church to all those in other lay ministries.

·              To help catechists, we provide resources, courses, and community. This we do by offering one-to-one mentoring through certificated courses, for entry into a diocesan Guild of Catechists, and by offering open resource days in locations through the Diocese.

·              To help those in other lay ministries, we offer one-to-one mentoring in similar certificated courses covering the ‘why behind the rubrics’ of their ministry.


Our Catechesis is for Mission.

The Church calls all of us to evangelise, and catechesis is ongoing evangelisation. It is ongoing, organic and systematic proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ the Lord.

·              As catechists, everything we say and do has the sacred purpose of teaching and witnessing the love of our incarnate God, who redeems us from our sins, and assures us eternal life, through the mystery of His Passion, death, and Resurrection. Whether we are catechizing in preparation for first Holy Communion, or for adult reception into the Church through RCIA, there is no rubric, commandment, creed, or prayer, which doesn’t flow out from the pierced side of our saviour on the Cross.

·              Catechesis is that part of the mission for evangelisation by which we ponder more deeply, and pass on with greater efficacy, the full content of our faith in Jesus Christ and the life which He shares with the Father, through the Holy Spirit, in His Mystical Body the Church. Our ever-ancient but ever-new love-story, between God and Man, finds its perfection in Him who abides with us until the end. To be a catechist is to commit to rejoice in the full four dimensions of how Christ abides with us still: in our holy doctrines, our life-giving sacraments, our ways and means of the moral life, and our life of devotion to prayer.

“The Church on earth is by her nature missionary since, according to the plan of the Father, she has as her origin the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit. The ultimate purpose of mission is none other than to make men share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit of love.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 849


Contact us:

If you are keen to gain support as an established catechist, or to find out more about becoming a new catechist, then the Mission wants to help you.

If you are a lay minister in any of the many sacred ministries of sacristan, reader, altar server, welcomer, parish secretary, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, coffee maker, children’s liturgy helper, or even if you have a desire to evangelise, but haven’t yet discerned how you might do so, then we at the Mission can help you grow in your understanding of how and why we do what we do for Christ in our various parish ministries.

We are Reuben Purchase and Dr Caroline Farey, and you or your parish priest can reach us anytime at:

Reuben.Purchase@dioceseofshrewsbury.org and Caroline.Farey@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Tel: 01743 290058