Family Catechesis-Parish Leadership Support


Monastery St Daniel Flyer

Holy Hour of Reparation



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Infant Baptism & RCIA

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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What is Perpetual Adoration?

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Family Catechesis

400 E. Monroe
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 354-2323

(602) 354-2432 (FAX)

Angela Gaetano

Director of Parish Leadership Support

(602) 354-2321

Victoria Smith

Senior Administrative Assistant

(602) 354-2323


Supporting the Mission of Evangelization & Catechesis

Faith begins in the family, the domestic church. As part of the Division of Education and Evangelization, the Department of Family Catechesis provides support, services, and on-going formation to parishes, pastors, priests and leaders to enable them in the Church's mission of evangelization and Catechesis.

Printable Brochure with more information about the Department of Family Catechesis.

2014-2015 Calendar for Catechetical & Youth Leaders

In the great commission Jesus sent His Apostles to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:20). This commission to evangelize; that is share the Good News of God’s saving plan for us, and the call to catechize; that is to put people not only in touch, but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ, exist as the central mission of the Church. The Department of Family Catechesis/Parish Leadership Support seeks to support parish leaders and parents in their task of evangelization and life-long catechesis.

Please find resources above for Catechetical Leaders, and specific resources for Adult Faith Formation, Children’s Catechesis, Youth and Young Adult, Pastoral Care, and Disabilities. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or need assistance.

Family Catechesis - Parish Leadership Events & Announcements

Bishop's State of the Catholic Church Address Registration

Sep 23, 2014 (11:00a - 1:00p)

Sheraton Downtown Phoenix

Event Ticket (includes lunch) - $25.00
Register NOW!

In mid-June, the national leadership of the Catholic Church gathered in New Orleans.  250 bishops, archbishops and cardinals attended, including our own, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.

Today, your presence is requested at the inaugural Bishop's State of the Catholic Church Address.  This special presentation will highlight the State of the Universal Church and Bishop Olmsted's vision and priorities for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Dear brothers and sisters, the Church loves you!  Be an active presence in the community, as living cells, as living stones.
—Pope Francis

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ACTS 2:42

Oct 2, 2014

Monthly gathering for Youth Leaders -Prayer, Fellowship & Support for those who work with the youth.

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
Oct 2, 2014 - Blessed Sacrament
Nov 6, 2014 - St Theresa
Dec 4, 2014 - St John Vianney
Jan 8, 2015 - St Benedict
Feb 5, 2015 - St Timothy
Mar 5, 2015 - St Vincent de Paul
Apr 2, 2015 - No meeting on Holy Thursday
May 7, 2015 - St Maria Goretti


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12th Annual Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour

Oct 4, 2014

Light a Candle!
One Day, One Hour,
One Million Children Praying

Our children are the precious gold of our Church, Families and the World. It is now time to present our very best to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Find out more by visiting

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Southwest Deanery Meeting

Oct 7, 2014 (9:30a - 11:30a)

at St. John Vianney Parish

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Central Deanery Meeting

Oct 8, 2014 (9:00a - 11:30a)

at St Theresa Parish

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Northeast Deanery Meeting

Oct 9, 2014 (9:30a - 11:30a)

at Franciscan Renewal Center

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Infant Baptist & RCIA Coordinators Meeting

Oct 16, 2014

[ Download the flyer | Register here ]

Two special meetings will be hosted by the Department of Family Catechesis to review some new and exciting catechetical resources for the formation of the Sacraments of Initiation. Please register Online or at

Infant Baptism Coordinators Meeting
Thu, Oct 16
10:00am - 12:00pm
Diocesan Pastoral Center
Infant Baptism Coordinators come enjoy a morning of practical tips, resources, fellowship and formation as we review the best practices for infant baptism preparation.

RCIA Coordinators Meeting
Thu, Oct 16
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Diocesan Pastoral Center
RCIA Coordinators come enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and formation as we review best practices, new resources and training opportunities.

$25 includes materials and lunch (scholarships available).

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Northwest Deanery Meeting

Oct 23, 2014 (9:30a - 11:30a)

at OLPH, Glendale


South & East Deanery

North Deanery

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Professional Development Day: Reconciliation Prep for Children with Special Needs Training

Nov 13, 2014 (9:00a - 12:00p)

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at Pastoral Diocesan Center

** Please note times have changed

Catechetical Leaders, Sacramental Prep Coordinators and Catechists are invited to join us for a 3 hour in-service on preparing children with special needs for the Sacrament of Reconciliation using Loyola’s new Adaptive Reconciliation Preparation Kit. This informative workshop will also review the US and Canonical Standards for preparation and reception of the Sacraments for children with special needs.

$15 per parish (includes kit)

Register HERE.

For more information, contact Angela Gaetano, 602-354-2321 or Victoria Smith, 602-354-2323.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid USA

Nov 18, 2014 (8:00a - 5:00p)

Presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the Office of Child and Youth Protection


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