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  Thirty years ago when I was asked to be a teacher of religion (catechist) at Nativity Parish, I was honored to be asked but I began to list all of my limitations.  I started to suggest some others who might be considered first.   Then I was interupted with the words, "You aren't being asked who should be the first grade catechist.  You are being asked if you would be one of our first grade catechists". The way the question was put made all the difference in the world.  Each of us is being asked not who should be a disciple of the Lord, but if you would be his disciple. 
  All elementary team catechists are asked to attend two preparation evenings in the fall: September 2 and September 9.  Our Opening Night for children and families will be September 16.   Please contact the office of Faith Formation directly at 701-232-2414 to speak with Kathy Bourdon and learn more about the elementary programs offered at Nativity and how you can get involved. Nativity Church is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of our faith community, especially the young. In accordance with the Diocese of Fargo, all parish volunteers must be compliant with all diocesan and parish guidelines before they may participate in parish ministry.
  Why be a catechist?  Because our children need you.  Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 PM 
  • Find a friend and volunteer to teach together
  • Pick the class level you wish to team teach
  • Junior and senior high youth make awesome team teachers
  • Husbands and wives together make a great team
  • Grandparents have a special impact on small children
  • Give back to your parish and grow as an adult Catholic
  • Live out your baptismal call to serve God and others
  • It is fun!
 
  Job Descriptions

JOB DESCRIPTION - GRADE 1 TEAM CATECHIST

Program: Faith Formation- Elementary                  Curriculum: “Finding God”; Loyola Press 2013 Responsibilities:  Leader tasks to be performed
  • Teach/facilitate the learning program; contact children who miss classes; share team teaching duties with another grade level catechist; join in evaluating the learning program.
  Qualifications/Abilities Needed:
  • Love of children; leading group activities; understanding course content
  Length of Commitment: 
  • Service from: September – April.
  • Teaching sessions:  Team together with another catechist for classroom sessions.  Share responsibilities with your team leader. 
  • Required training:  Two preparation sessions in the fall; safe environment background check. 
  Contact person: 
  • Kathy Bourdon, Director of Faith Formation , kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net, 232-2414    
  • Director of Faith Formation will be available weekly for support and daily by e-mail/phone. 
  Benefits of the position to the Grade 1 Team Catechist: Opportunity to share your faith with children; challenge to grow as an adult Catholic; live out your baptismal call to serve God and others; receive the support of other team catechists.  It’s fun!    
 

JOB DESCRIPTION - GRADE 2 TEAM CATECHIST

Program: Faith Formation- Elementary                                  Curriculum:  “Finding God”; Loyola Press 2013 Responsibilities:  Leader tasks to be performed
  • Teach/facilitate the learning program; contact children who miss classes; share team teaching duties with another grade level catechist; join in evaluating the learning program.
  Qualifications/Abilities Needed:
  • Love of children; leading group activities; understanding course content
Length of Commitment: 
  • Service from: September – April.
  • Teaching sessions:  Team together with another catechist for classroom sessions.  Share responsibilities with your team leader.  Fr. Reese and Kathy will teach two classroom sessions for the sacrament of First Reconciliation during Lent. 
  • Required training:  Two preparation sessions in the fall; safe environment background check. 
  Contact person: 
  • Kathy Bourdon, Director of Faith Formation , kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net, 232-2414    
  • Director of Faith Formation will be available weekly for support and daily by e-mail/phone. 
  Benefits of the position to the Grade 2 Team Catechist:  Opportunity to share your faith with children; challenge to grow as an adult Catholic; live out your baptismal call to serve God and others; receive the support of other team catechists.  It’s fun!
 

JOB DESCRIPTION - GRADE 3 TEAM CATECHIST

Program: Faith Formation- Elementary                                  Curriculum: “Finding God”; Loyola Press 2013 Responsibilities:  Leader tasks to be performed
  • Teach/facilitate the learning program; contact children who miss classes; share team teaching duties with another grade level catechist; join in evaluating the learning program.
  Qualifications/Abilities Needed:
  • Love of children; leading group activities; understanding course content
  Length of Commitment: 
  • Service from: September – April.
  • Teaching sessions:  Team together with another catechist for classroom sessions.  Share responsibilities with your team leader.  Fr. Reese and Kathy will teach two classroom sessions in January for the sacrament of Confirmation and again two classroom sessions in April for the sacrament of First Eucharist. 
  • Required training:  Two preparation sessions in the fall; safe environment background check. 
  Contact person: 
  • Kathy Bourdon, Director of Faith Formation , kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net, 232-2414    
  • Director of Faith Formation will be available weekly for support and daily by e-mail/phone. 
  Benefits of the position to the Grade 3 Team Catechist: Opportunity to share your faith with children; challenge to grow as an adult Catholic; live out your baptismal call to serve God and others; receive the support of other team catechists.  It’s fun!    
 

JOB DESCRIPTION - GRADE 4 TEAM CATECHIST

Program: Faith Formation- Elementary                                  Curriculum:  “Children’s Bible Study” Responsibilities:  Leader tasks to be performed
  • Teach/facilitate the learning program; contact children who miss classes; share team teaching duties with another grade level catechist; join in evaluating the learning program.
  Qualifications/Abilities Needed:
  • Love of children; leading group activities; understanding course content
  Length of Commitment: 
  • Service from: September – April.
  • Teaching sessions:  Team together with another catechist for classroom sessions.  Share responsibilities with your team leader. 
  • Required training:  Two preparation sessions in the fall; safe environment background check. 
  Contact person: 
  • Kathy Bourdon, Director of Faith Formation , kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net, 232-2414    
  • Director of Faith Formation will be available weekly for support and daily by e-mail/phone. 
  Benefits of the position to the Grade 4 Team Catechist: Opportunity to share your faith with children; challenge to grow as an adult Catholic; live out your baptismal call to serve God and others; receive the support of other team catechists.  It’s fun!  
   

JOB DESCRIPTION - GRADE 5 TEAM CATECHIST

Program: Faith Formation- Elementary                       Curriculum:  Venture- "What the Church Believes and Teaches"     Pflaum Publishing Group      Responsibilities:  Leader tasks to be performed
  • Teach/facilitate the learning program; contact children who miss classes; share team teaching duties with another grade level catechist; join in evaluating the learning program.
  Qualifications/Abilities Needed:
  • Love of children; leading group activities; understanding course content
  Length of Commitment: 
  • Service from: September – April.
  • Teaching sessions:  Team together with another catechist for classroom sessions and class service projects.  Share responsibilities with your team catechist. 
  • Required training: Two preparation sessions in the fall ; safe environment background check. 
  Contact person: 
  • Kathy Bourdon, Director of Faith Formation , kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net, 232-2414    
  • Director of Faith Formation will be available weekly for support and daily by e-mail/phone. 
  Benefits of the position to the Grade 5 Team Catechist:  Opportunity to share your faith with children; challenge to grow as an adult Catholic; live out your baptismal call to serve God and others; receive the support of other team catechists.  It’s fun!    

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