Formation for Mission (FFM) is a team of diocesan volunteers all passionate about helping the baptised members of Christ to fulfil their mission of evangelisation by offering formation.
One of FFM’s main task is to offer support for catechists and to provide for catechetical formation throughout the diocese.
The Team is currently organising events and courses aimed specifically at catechists but also widely open to all baptised adults. The team is also involved in finding and promoting good catechetical and training resources.
To register on any of the events below please fill in this form
If you need assistance, you may email ffm @ portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Our annual diocesan event is once more taking place in Portsmouth Cathedral, with a Mass of thanksgiving for all diocesan catechists celebrated by Bishop Philip Egan. The theme of the 2017 diocesan day is Holy Scripture and the keynote speaker is Fr Richard Ounsworth, OP. Lunch is provided.
When: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Portsmouth Cathedral (Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3HG)
To register please fill in this form
A day for everyone involved in Children’s Liturgy of the Word to pray, receive formation, discover resources and share practice together. Bring a packed lunch.
The day will start with Mass at 9.30 am in the church.
When: 9.30 am to 3 pm
Where: St Bede’s Basingstoke (Popley Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG24 9DX)
To register please fill in this form
15th October 2016 - Diocesan Day for Catechists
On Saturday 15th October, the feast of St Teresa of Avila, we celebrated a wonderful Year of Mercy Jubilee for Catechists at the Cathedral. Bishop Philip led the pilgrimage through the Holy Door for around 100 Catechists from across the Diocese and gave a talk on Evangelising Catechesis. After an uplifting Mass, the bishop presented the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis to five students who had successfully completed the course and also the Bachelor of Divinity with First Class Honours to Sister Mary Catherine, OP. After lunch, the Catechists had the opportunity to take part in two workshops to assist them in useful skills for their ministry within the Diocese.
Funding is available for these courses from the Living our Faith fund under certain conditions. If you want to apply for funding or wish to have more details, check the Living our Faith page and email ffm @ portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
In our Cathedral Discovery Centre, you can browse and order some of the resources below for your parish. Contact the Discovery Centre: cdc @ portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk. Download our Resource Evaluation Tool to help you evaluate the content of catechetical resources. This tool lists essential truths of our Faith that should be present in some form in catechetical resources, in a way adapted to the age of the participants. Where they are not evident in resources, these elements can be supplemented by catechists and/or by using complementary resources.
This evaluation tool is limited to the content of resources. The method of catechesis, varying according to resources, is open to choice according to audiences and circumstances.
The list of resources below is not exhaustive and will be updated regularly, to help catechists in the Catholic diocese of Portsmouth. These are recommended among a variety of other good resources.
The Catholicism series and The Ascension Press Scripture studies are available for use thanks to the Hampshire Downs Parish. If you are interested in finding out more, contact parishstudies @ gmail.com
Ascension Press Scripture studies available from the Hampshire Downs Parish
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible (8 sessions)
CHILDREN’S ON-GOING CATECHESIS
Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau OP, Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, St Dominic’s Priory, Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO41 8NH. Tel. 01590 681 874.
email: ffm @ portsmouthdiocese.org.uk