Archdiocese Events

WELCOME TO THE CATECHETICAL CALENDAR

This Calendar is mainly at the service of the parish priest and catechists and promotes the coordination of the catechists in the entire Archdiocese of Pretoria.
This Calendar gives you

• dates of the meetings of formation for all catechists, in centres, distributed through all the archdiocese so that the catechists can easily attend these important meetings
• dates of other meetings of catechists most of those who are serving Christian Initiation of Youth
• dates of Christian celebrations related to catechesis, and of the days of KABELANO

In this catechetical calendar, here and there you will find windows With the following title:

THINK AHEAD:
It is a help for the catechists to pay attention to a special event ahead in the calendar which need preparation.

REMEMBER
It is an help for the catechists to remember important principles, advises or directives to be kept in mind when catechists are going through relevant times or events in the liturgical of the liturgical calendar

NOTES
The ongoing formation throughout the year, will focus on the theme of the year of faith “Lord Increase Our Faith”.
The Notes will be a further help to deepen the theme of the ongoing formation.


THINK AHEAD
Christian Initiation of Youth

Christian Initiation Journey of Youth 2013 (i.e. those youth who are supposed
to start the Confirmation Journey in the beginning of 2013)
The catechists, who will lead these youth have to get familiar with or revise
the new vision of the Christian Initiation journey of youth. Therefore a study
meeting is absolutely necessary for the catechists before they start their work.
Pay attention to this meeting, further on in the calendar.

Christian Initiation Journey of Youth 2012 (i.e. those youth who started in
February of 2012)
Catechists who continue to serve youth of this journey, have to realize that in this second year, the celebration of the of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the step three of the journey. According the new program of Confirmation Journey the sacrament of
Confirmation should be celebrated during the Easter Season in order to give
good time to stage 4 of the journey so important in order to make youth experience
the day to day the responsibility of witnessing Christ. Be sure that, already at this time, the date of Confirmation is fixed within the
Easter Season.

Christian Initiation Journey
An important event is the opening of the catechetical year which will be held on the 3rd February 2013. Study the suggested liturgy of this celebration. It will help you to check on everything that must be in place for an effective start of the catechetical year
(Registration of children, list of the catechists and their specific task, catechetical
Material). Do not forget that a meeting with the parents of the beginners
(those small ones who begin this year their journey of Christian initiation of
Children) in order to re-hearse the liturgy of the official opening of the catechetical
year is to be held.

January

 26 January  Meeting of Catechists of Confirmation Journey
Pretoria North , 09h00am
 26 January  Mandate of Southern, Eastern and Western Deaneries  Venue: Cathedral – Time: 14h00pm
 27 January  Mandate of the Northern Deanery  Venue: Marapyane – Time : 09h00am
 27 January  Mandate of North Eastern Deanery  Venue: St Oliever – Time : 09h00am
 27 January  Mandate of the North Western Deanery  Venue: – Time : 09h00am

REMEMBER
In the beginning of February all the meetings of on going formation for catechists start. All the catechists should consider the duty of attending these meetings a very serious one; Notice in fact that, before commissioning the catechists, the Bishop has asked the catechists to make a promise to be faithful to the meetings of formation. The General Directory for Catechesis underlines the importance of ongoing formation of catechists: “The instruments provided for catechesis cannot be truly effective unless used by trained catechists.

Consequently diocesan pastoral program must give absolute priority to the formation of lay catechists.” (Cf. GDC, No 234). The attendance to the meetings of formation not only gives an opportunity for each catechist to deepen his/her Christian spirituality but also makes all the catechist share the common policy of catechesis of the Archdiocese. The centers of formation are located in such a way that the catechists of different parishes may find easy to attend the meetings. It is left to the catechists to decide when and where (compatibly with their duties) to attend the formation meetings.

February

REMEMBER
Adults of Christian Initiation 2011

“Batho ba tsela”, or Christian Initiation of Adults, 2011 have their rite of election.
Prior to this celebration the Parish Priest, together with the catechists and sponsors should do an interview in order to assess the preparation of each and every candidate in accordance with the directives of RCIA: “At the beginning of Lent, which is the time of the proximate preparation for the sacraments, the election of names is celebrated. After the catechumens reaffirm their intention, then the Church passes judgment on their state of preparation and states whether they may go on to the Easter Sacraments” The rites of scrutiny of the elected are to be celebrated on the third, fourth, and fifth Sunday of Lent. The presentations of the “Creed” and of “Our Father” are to be celebrated respectively during the week of the first and second scrutiny. These two celebrations can be anticipated towards the end of the Catecumenate

 02 February Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012 09h00am – 11h00am
 02 February  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 03 February  Official opening of the Catechetical Year  –
 04 February  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00
 06 February  Letlhabile : Formation  18h00pm
 08 – 10 February  IFJ 2013 1st Retreat at Bronkhorstsruit  –
 09 February  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 09 February  St. Raphael Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 09 February  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 10 February  Rite of Election of Christian Initiation of Youth 2012  –
 14 February  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 13 February  Ash Wednesday
It is recommended that Youth of Confirmation Journey 2012 attend as a group the Ash Wednesday Mass. They should have in advance a meeting in order to study the liturgy of the Word of this Mass, which is a good way to understand the goal in stage 3 of their journey
 –
 16 February  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 16 February  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 16 February Jericho: Formation  18h00pm
 17 February  Hebron: Kabelano Tsela 2012  Mass at 07h30am
 17 February  1st Sunday of lent, Rite of election of Christian
Initiation of Adults, Tsela 2011
 –
 18 February  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 20 February  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 23 February  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 23 February  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 23 February  Klippan : Formation  –
23 February  Workshop of the diocesan commission team at Pretoria North  09 to 15h00
24 February  Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
24 February  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
24 February  Siyabuswa Formation  –
26 February  Mabopane : Formation  18h00pm

March

 02  March Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012  09h00am – 11h00am
 02  March  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 04  March  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00
 06  March  Letlhabile :  Formation  18h00pm
 09  March  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 09  March  St. Peter Claver Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 09  March  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 10  March  Hebron: Kabelano  Tsela 2011  Mass at 07h20am
 14  March  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 16  March  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 16 March  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 16  March  Jericho: Formation  18h00pm
 17  March  Pretoria North: IFJ 2012 First Study Day  –
 18   March  Mmakau: Formation  –

REMEMBER

Purification

The people of Christian Initiation of Adults and of Confirmation Journey, through the rite of election enter the period of purification, in which all the parish community should take part. At the prayer of the lighting of the Easter Candle we pray God and say: “Dispel the darkness of our hearts and of our minds”. Adults and youth preparing for sacraments of Christian Initiation have the great task of purifying their hearts and their minds in order to receive fruitfully the sacraments. This will be the task of every Christian during Lent. Outline of Lent

On the 13th February LENT has begun Lent. Lent in the liturgical calendar, is an intense period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, which aims at a spiritual renewal. All the catechists involved in any form o catechesis should do their best to make continuous connection with the liturgical celebrations during Lent in order to help the catechised people to profit spiritually from the richness of the liturgy. The words of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry are the best way to realize what we should be committed to do during Lent: “The Kingdom is close at hand; repent and believe the Good News” (Mk 1, 15)

 20 March Mothutlung: Formation  –
 23 March  Lynwood: Formation 09h00am
 23 March  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
23 March  Klippan : Formation  –
 17 March  Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
 17 March  Hebron: Formation  14h00pm

REMEMBER

Christ’s Passover, the centre of the liturgical year
Beginning with the Easter Triduum, as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. The EASTER is not simply one feast among the others, but “the feast of the feasts”. Just as the Eucharist is “the sacrament of the sacraments”. St. Athanasius call Easter “the Great Sunday”, as the Church calls the Holy Week “the Great Week” In the Council of Nicaea in 325, all the Churches agreed that Easter should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first moon after the vernal equinox (14 Nissan in the Jewish calendar) (CCC. Nn. 1168-1170) It is fundamental for our faith to keep in mind the strict connection between Christ’s Passover and Christian Baptism, which is in fact a spiritual Passover in union with Christ (Romans, Chapter 6) The baptismal catechumenate is also permeated by the mystery of Christ’s Passover. For this reason all initiation must reveal clearly its paschal nature. The Easter Vigil, focal point of the Christian liturgy, and its spirituality of baptism inspire catechesis (GDC, n.91). It is in the light of this vision that it is stated that: ”The rite of initiation is normally arranged so that the sacraments will be celebrated during Easter Vigil.”

24  March
Palm SundayThe TRIDUUM
 28  March  Holy Thursday
 29  March  Good Friday
 30 March  Easter Vigil
 31 March  Easter Sunday

April

 06  April
  Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012  09h00am – 11h00am
 03  March  Letlhabile:  Formation 18h00pm
 06  April  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 08  April  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00
 11  April  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 13  April  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 13  April  St. Mary’s Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 13  April  Holy Rosary: Formation  –
 14  April
 Rite of acceptance  of Christian Initiation of Youth 2012.This rite can be anticipated or postponed according to the time necessary for the motivation of each candidate.  –
 15  April  Mmakau: Formation  –
 17  April  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 20  April  St Anne’s: Formation  09h00am
 20  April  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 20  April  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 20  April  Klippan: Formation  –
 21  April  Ten Morgen Formation  14.00 pm
 28  April  Hebron: Fromation  14.00 pm
 28  April  Siyabuswa Formation  –
 30  April  Mabopane:  Formation  18h00pm

May

 01 May General gathering of all previous IFJ graduates from the 1st group until the group of 2012 at a vanue to be confirmed Pretora North or Wildwoods  ( Pretoria North ) 09h00am
 04  May  Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012  09h00am – 11h00am
 04  May  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 06  May  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00pm
 07  May  Letlhabile :  Formation  18h00pm
 09  May  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 11  May  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 11  May  St. Raphael Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 11  May  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 15  May  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 18  May  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 18  May  Marapyane: Formation 09h00am
 18  May  Jericho: Formation  18h00pm
 19  May Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
 20  May  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 25  May  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 25  May  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 25  May  Klippan : Formation  –
 26 May  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
 26  May  Siyabuswa Formation
 26 May   IFJ 2013 2nd Study Day , Pretoria North  09h00am
 29  May  Mabopane :  Formation  18h00pm

June

 01  June Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012 09h00am – 11h00am
 01  June  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 03  June  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00
 05  June  Letlhabile :  Formation  18h00pm
 08  June  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 08  June  St. Peter Claver Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 08  June  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 13  June  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 15  June  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 15  June  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 15  June  Jericho: Formation  18h00am
 19  June  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 22  June  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 22  June  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 22  June  Klippan : Formation  –
 23  June  Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
 24  June  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 24  June  Mabopane :  Formation  18h00pm
 29 June  Workshop of the diocesan commission team at Pretoria North  09h00-15h00
 30  June  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
 30  June  Siyabuswa Formation  –

July

 06  July  Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012 09h00am – 11h00am
 21  July  IFJ 2012 Third Study Day, Pretoria North  09h00am
 27  July
 General Assembly of the Catechist, Parents & Sponsors of youth 2012 only, Pretoria North  09h00am

August

 02 -04   August  THE GREAT RETREAT – MATER DEI, NABOOMSPRUIT. Open to 100 Catechist only  –
 03 August  Midrand: Formation 14h00pm
 05 August  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00pm
 06 August  Letlhabile :  Formation  18h00pm
 08 August  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 10 August  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 10 August  St. Mary’s Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 10 August  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 18 August  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 18 August  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 18 August  Jericho: Formation  18h00am
 18 August  Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
 19 August  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 21 August  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 24 August  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 24 August  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 24 August  Klippan : Formation  –
 25 August  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
 25 August  Siyabuswa Formation  –
 27 August  Mabopane :  Formation  18h00pm

September

 02 September  Ga-Rankuwa: Formation  18h00
 04 September  Letlhabile :  Formation  18h00pm
 07 September  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 07 September  Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY) 2012  09h00am – 11h00am
 08 September  Hebron Kabelano Tsela 2012  Mass at 07h30pm
 12 September  S. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 14 September  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 14 September  St. Raphael Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 14 September  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 15 September  IFJ 2913 4th Study Day , Pretoria North  09h00am
 16 September  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 17 September  Mabopane :  Formation  18h00pm
 18 September  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 21 September  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 21 September  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 22 September  Jericho: Formation  18h00pm
 24 September  Catechetical Cultural Day  –
 28 September Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 28 September  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 28 September  Klippan : Formation  –
 29 September  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
 29 September  Siyabuswa Formation  –
 30 September  Ga-Rankuwa Formation  –

October

02 October Letlhabile :  Formation 18h00pm
 05 October  Meeting of Catechists of Christian Formation Journey of Youth (CFJY)  2012  09h00am – 11h00am
 05 October  Midrand: Formation  14h00pm
 09 October  St. Charles Lwanga: Formation  18h00pm
 11 October  Moya: Formation  09h00am
 11 October  St. Peter Claver Mamelodi: Formation  14.00 pm
 11 October  Holy Rosary : Formation  15h00pm
 12 October  Ten Morgen Formation  14h00pm
 15 October  Mothutlung: Formation  –
 19 October  St Annes’ : Formation  09h00am
 19 October  Marapyane: Formation  09h00am
 19 October  Jericho: Formation  18h00pm
 20 October  Day of Sending of the Youth of 2012, Venue to be confirmed  –
 21 October  Mmakau : Formation  18h00pm
 25-27 October  Final Retreat of IFJ Venue to be confirmed  –
 26 October  Lynwood: Formation  09h00am
 26 October  Marokolong: Formation  09h00am
 26 October  Hebron: Fromation  14h00pm
 26 October  Siyabuswa Formation  –
 26 October  Klippan : Formation  –
 28 October  Mabopane :  Formation  18h00pm

November

02 November  Diocesan Commission of Catechesis Evaluation Joulivet House
 08 – 10 November
 IFJ 2014 1st Retreat  Venue :  To be confirmed