Time Management, Effective Catechesis & Another Chance to Win by Dione Grillo


I attended my first Catechist meeting as “just” a Catechist on September 1st.  It was both satisfying and a little sad. I cannot lie and say that I do not miss the ministry of parish catechetical leadership, but it was very interesting and educational to watch someone else do it for a change. We received our schedules, rosters, and I enrolled myself in the “Prayer Partners” group. More on that later.

It was a good meeting.

Since then, I have started entering data into my Catechist Guide and discovered that I miss those lines on the monthly calendar more than I thought I would…but I am using it!  Once I have a final roster, I will enter the children’s names.  Yes, my OCPD is rearing its ugly head! We can’t very well have mistakes in our planner, can we??

As we only have one hour per week in which to catechize the children, it’s going to be a bit of a struggle to get through the chapter in a meaningful way. How do you handle your time constraints?  Download a copy of my preliminary planner and tell me what you think.

At my former parish, we had 1 ½ hours, and that didn’t seem like enough time.  Effectively catechizing the children in under an hour (let’s face it, not everyone is going to get there on time!) is proving a daunting task. Please keep me in your prayers!

Next week, I will share with you my plans for our first day together.  Drop me a line and you could win a Reflect n’ Connect Conversation Starter Ball courtesy of our friends at Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum DivisionTo enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The giveaway will end on September 25, 2010.

Copyright 2010 Dione Grillo


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  2. Your lesson plan is very well organized, and you have a lot planned for an hour! I agree, it is so hard to fit everything into that short amount of time. This is my third year teaching, and while it certainly helps to have everything planned out, sometimes when we veer off track I find that some of our greatest learning moments present themselves. I guess the Holy Spirit guides us in those moments. Enjoy your class!

  3. Mary Catherine on

    Thank you for your lesson plan. It is well organized and helpful. This is my second year teaching cathecism. One tip I received last year is to divide the main portions of the class into 20 minute segments. If the class veers off course for any reason, move onto the next segment. In that way we can accomplish our main goals in one hour, regardless of the inevitable distractions. I will try this with my first and third grade classes this year. Here is hoping for the best!

  4. Dina Brindeiro on

    Your lesson plan is very well organized. It is very hard to cover everything that needs to and should be covered in an hour. I felt that your lesson plan is a good model to use. Thanks for sharing.

  5. After having not taught in several years AND being at a new parish I have found your website to be such a blessing! Thank you so much! Oh and I so want that ball lol

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