St. John Neumann Parish


All members of the Church are called to be catechists, those who “echo” the good news of Jesus Christ.

Some are called to volunteer in a specific ministry of working with children, young people or adults in a formal setting. To fulfill this ministry, a person needs to discern in what area he or she is being called and to complete requirements for that program and age group:

The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires all catechists to complete their clearances before participating in this ministry. The requirements are outlined HERE. Catechists also need to sign the Cardinal’s Clause and return it to Sue Bodziach, our parish safe environments coordinator.

There are two ways for a catechist to be certified by the Diocese of Pittsburgh:

  • Attending courses offered by the diocese at various times and locations. After completion of the four “Pillars” courses (Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Methods), a catechist will be fully certified.
  • Completing a Level I Catechesis of the Good Shephred formation course. (Good Shepherd catechists are also expected to complete a Morality course offered by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.)

Curriculum Guidelines

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has Curriculum Guidelines for Preschool through 8th Grade. These guidelines outline the material that a catechist is to cover for a given grade level.

At the request of the diocese, we submitted correlations to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for each guideline pertaining to Preschool through Grade 6, the ages that attend Good Shepherd. That document can be found here.

Middle School catechists cover the material included in the following Diocesan Curriculum Guidelines: