Welcome to the Catechetical Centre Website!
The Catechetical Centre for the Catholic Diocese of Helsinki works with the following subjects:
- Communicating information about Catholic religious education.
- Preparing teaching materials for religious education in schools and for catechesis in the parishes.
- Arranging the Saturday Course for the parishes in Helsinki.
- Providing information about educational possibilities and arranging educational training courses for religion teachers and catechists.
- Supporting the growth of ecumenism.
- Acting as a link between the parishes and the official educational authorities in the area of religious education.
Contact Information Catechetical Centre
Address: Kuusitie 6, 00270 Helsinki
Bank Account: IBAN FI15 1745 3000 0207 37, BIC NDEAFIHH
Part-Time Editor of Catechetical Resources
Sr. Renata Glucha U.S.J.K.
Board + Teemu Sippo SCJ (chairman), Juho Kyntäjä, Otto Nyberg, Mervi Sarimo, Sr. Eugenia Szwedo U.S.J.K., Osmo Vartiainen
All children belonging to the Catholic Church have a fundamental right to education in their own religion. Therefore, they do not need to attend the course given in the general religion or in ethics. The municipality must arrange for education in a pupil’s own religion when this teaching is requested by at least three pupils’ parents. THUS, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS WHEN REGISTERING THEIR CHILD AS EARLY AS THE FIRST CLASS TO EXPRESS THEIR DESIRE FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTIONS IN THE CATHOLIC RELIGION FOR THEIR CHILD.
Additional Information about School Education
In principal, Catholic religious instructions are arranged for every pupil in his/her own school. When there are too few pupils in a school, they are directed to a centrally located school for their religion lesson. Alternatively, religion classes replacing the school classes are arranged in many Catholic parishes. This is called the Saturday Course. Then, more class hours are held at one time. The Saturday Course is arranged about once a month.
Additional Information on the Saturday Course
We ask parents of pupils to direct their questions about religious
education to the Diocesan Catechetical Centre:
Kuusitie 6, 00270 Helsinki
Ph. +35892416095 +358505440871
Preparing children for the reception of the sacraments is a totally different area from religious education in schools. Each parish arranges this preparation for the sacraments. Preparation for First Holy Communion is usually given to pupils in the 3rd Class and preparation for Confirmation to pupils in the 8th or 9th Classes. Please contact your parish for additional information about this.
Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. They are also primarily responsible for the religious education of their children.
The Second Vatican Council Document, Declaration on Christian Education, states, among other things, “All people of every race, condition and age, since they enjoy the dignity of a human being, have an inalienable right to an education that is in keeping with their ultimate goal, their ability, their sex and culture and tradition of their country, and also in harmony with their fraternal association with other peoples in the fostering of true unity and peace on earth. For a true education aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his/her ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which he/she is a member, and in whose obligations, as an adult he/she will share.”
According to the Catholic Church, parents are the primary and most important educators of their children. This view is made clear in the same document above. In this task, however, parents need the support of the whole society. The duty of educating also belongs to the Church because the Church functions on earth as a human society. The mission of the Church is to announce the way of salvation to all people. The Church as a Mother has the responsibility of educating its members and guiding them to union with Christ. In that way, their lives will be filled with the Spirit of Christ.
Saturday Course in Helsinki
The Saturday Course follows the teaching plan drawn up at the Catechetical Center, which is followed in many schools. The basis of this plan is approved by The Finnish National Board of Education. The Saturday Course in Helsinki is directed primarily to elementary and secondary school pupils who are not able to receive instruction in the Catholic religion at school. In the Catholic parishes in Helsinki, participation in the religious education given either at school or in the Saturday Course is a prerequisite for being invited to the classes given in preparation for the reception of the sacraments. At the moment (2015-2016) teaching is provided only in Finnish and Swedish language.
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