Introduction to Catechetical Ministry 2022-2023

Pastoral Ministry
Formation 2022-2023

Vacation Bible Camps

Vacation Bible Camps in Parishes


Vacation bible camp is taking place in some parishes in the Diocese of San José. Please use the following link to view the schedule of vacation bible camps.

Mission Statement

In Order to help parishes, respond to the Gospel call, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19 the Office of Faith Formation will provide, vision, support, resources and guidelines as well as initial and ongoing formation for Catechetical Leaders, Pastors and Catechists, so that effective faith formation may occur at all levels in every parish of the culturally rich Diocese of San Jose.

Evangelization & Catechesis

What is Faith Formation?

Faith Formation is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church. Through Faith Formation, the church seeks to prepare its members, old and young, to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action.

What is Evangelization?

Evangelizing is bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the power of the Gospel.

What is Catechesis?

Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church.

Catechesis also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit. 

What is the relation between Evangelization and Catechesis?

We cannot talk about catechesis without talking about evangelization. “In his apostolic exhortation, On Evangelization in the Modern World, Pope Paul VI articulated an important principle for the renewal of catechesis when he described catechesis as a work of evangelization in the context of the mission of the Church.

Catechists therefore need to embrace a larger role as evangelizing agents who are skilled in the process of evangelization and carefully equipped to discern the opportune moments when a person’s initial faith is ready to be deepened with catechesis.


What is a Catechist?

In the Plenary Assembly of 1970, the “Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples” described a catechist as: “a lay person specially appointed by the Church, in accordance with local needs, to make Christ known, loved and followed by those who do not yet know Him and by the faithful themselves”.

Catechists, who are the Church’s witnesses to God’s existence, message, and loving presence, enable people to meet the living God and to form a relationship that can continue to grow through a lifetime.

These baptized members of Christ’s Body, the Church, who accept a special calling from the Holy Spirit, are affirmed and commissioned by the bishop and his delegates to serve the Church through the ministry of catechist.

In confirming their call, the Church commits itself to an ongoing covenant with catechists to support and train them as disciples called to catechize.


Areas of Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Children Catechesis

Person with Disabilities

Catechist Certification

Policies and Guidelines


Calendar 2020-2021

Coming Soon

Contact Us

Faith Formation Office
Irma G. Alarcón de Rangel, Director
Institute for Leadership in Ministry/Office of Faith Formation
T. (408) 983-0111

Department for Evangelization
Diana Cuevas Ramos
T. (408) 983-0124

Department for Evangelization
Mary Jewell
Logistics Coordinator
T. (408) 983-0127

Department for Evangelization
Daniel Miranda
Communications Coordinator
T. (408) 983-0150