CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

Catechism in COTT is the faith formation programme for Catholic children and youth that aims to:

  • Prepare them to be witnesses and disciples of Christ in proclaiming the Word of God
  • Open the way for children and youth to experience the love of God by developing a therapeutic relationship between God and them through prayer and the Gospels; and to be a beacon of love to others;
  • Provide a strong foundation in the knowledge of our faith; and
  • Nurture them to become an independent, responsible, mature and God-fearing young adults.

“Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you” (Mt 28:19-20)

2019 Catechism Registration

2019 catechism registration exercise will commence on 13 October 2018. Please click on the “Register for Catechism” tab above for more details.

Children’s Mass

Next Children’s Mass is on 6 & 7 October 2018

With effect from 3 & 4 March 2018, please be informed that the 4pm and 11am Mass on the first weekend of every month are designated as Children’s Mass.

We have made arrangements for your child/children who are attending Catechism session in COTT to attend the Children’s Mass with their Catechists. Your child/children will be seated with their Catechists at the Mass (except for days without catechism). If your child/children is unable to attend the Children’s Mass on the day of Catechism session, please make arrangements for your child/children to attend the Children’s Mass on the other day.

Payment of Catechism Fees

Catechism fee is $50 per child per year.

Payment Method :

  1. Cash; or
  2. Cheque
    • payable to CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
    • To include on the reverse of the cheque:
      • name of parent;
      • contact number of parent;
      • name of child;
      • birth certificate number of child ;
      • level that the child is in

Fees can be paid at the Catechetical Office (level 5, room 5.2). Please refer to the Catechetical Office’s operating hours below.

Dismissal from Catechism (Applicable only on days with catechism)

  • For the safety of our children attending Catechism session, all Catechists will accompany the children into the Church Hall at the end of every Catechism session.
  • Parent(s) are to pick up their child/children in the main Church Hall.
  • Parent(s) may wait for their child/children in the Church Hall and attend mass thereafter.
  • Parent(s) are encouraged to arrive early for guaranteed seating. Parent(s) may reserve the seats next to them for their child/children but any unoccupied seats will be released to the public 10 mins before mass commences.
  • Parent(s) who are not attending mass shall pick up their child/children from the last 2 pews at the back of the Church Hall. Please do so by 3.45pm on Saturdays and 10.45am on Sundays.
  • If you are not attending mass, we would appreciate your cooperation to pick up your child/children punctually. Kindly note that the Catechists and/or the Church shall not be responsible for your child/children after they have been dismissed from Catechism sessions.

Please be reminded that all children and teens are required to attend mass every week. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of your child/children from our catechism programme.

Catechism Timings

Saturday
2.00pm – 3.30pm K1, K2, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, & L6
5.30pm – 7.00pm Confirmation 1
Sunday
9.00am – 10.30am K1, K2, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, & L6

COTT is not conducting catechism for confirmation levels 2 – 4 (L8 – L10) in 2018.

2018 Term Calendar

Term Catechism Sessions Catechism Session Breaks
1 20 January – 3 March (Sat)
21 January – 4 March (Sun)

*Chinese New Year
No catechism on 17 Feb (Sat) & 18 Feb (Sat)

10 March – 18 March

2 24 March – 19 May (Sat)
25 March – 20 May (Sun)

*Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday
No catechism on on 31 Mar (Sat) and 1 April (1 Sun)

26 May – 24 June

3 30 June – 25 August (Sat)
1 July – 26 August (Sun)

1 September – 9 September

*Blood Donation Drive
No catechism on 15 Sep (Sat) & 16 Sep (Sun)

4 15 September – 10 November (Sat)
16 September – 11 November (Sun)

17 November – 31 December

First Sacrament of Reconciliation – For L2 Children Only

Date: 25 August 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11.50am – 1.30pm

First Sacrament of Holy Communion – For L3 Children Only

Confession before Holy Communion (Compulsory)

Date: 29 September 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11.50am – 1.30pm

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Date: 7 October 2018 (Sunday)
Time: During 11am Mass

Stay-in Confirmation Camp – CON1 Only

Compulsory for all CON1 teens.

Period: 25 May 2018 (Friday), 7.45pm to 27 May 2018 (Sunday), 10am
Venue: Church of the Transfiguration

The Catechetical Office will be accepting registration forms for 2019 Catechism and answer queries at COTT Level 2 (in between adoration room & parish office) as follows :-

Phase 1

  1. For children who are currently attending Catechism in COTT; and
  2. For children who are registering for Catechism in COTT for the first time with one or more siblings attending Catechism in COTT this year.

Saturdays : 13, 20 & 27 October 2018 (2pm– 3.30pm)
Sundays : 14, 21 & 28 October 2018 (9am – 10.30am)

Phase 2

  1. For children are not eligible for Phase 1; and
  2. For children who live within the district of Punggol;

Saturdays : 3 & 10 November 2018 (2pm– 3.30pm)
Sundays : 4 & 11 November 2018 (9am – 10.30am)

Phase 3

  1. For children are not eligible for Phase 1; and
  2. For children who live outside the district of Punggol;

Saturday : 17 November 2018 (2pm– 3.30pm)
Sunday : 18 November 2018 (9am – 10.30am)

Please obtain the following forms from the Parish Office, Catechetical Office or click here to download.

You may wish to type directly into this form before printing it. To do so, please download the form into your computer before typing.

Form B For children who are registering for Catechism in COTT for the first time.
Children who are attending Catechism in COTT this year will be given the re-registration form (Form A) by their Catechists.

Results for the registration exercise will be made known on 17 December 2018 . Please keep a look out for announcements during mass, in the Parish’s bulletin and in this website.

Parents’ Responsibilities

  • Participate / be part of the catechetical programme;
  • Ensure that their child/children attains at least 75% attendance;
  • Ensure that their child/children attend mass regularly;
  • Encourage child/children to go for regular confessions

We are looking for…

  1. Catechists / Catechist Assistants (with or without experience);
  2. Musicians to support our Catechetical Programme;
  3. Trained Professionals in handling children with special needs or Volunteers with experience in handling children with special needs; and
  4. Catechetical Administrators

Training will be provided for all Catechists joining COTT.

Interested? Please e-mail us at [email protected]

To contact us, please e-mail to [email protected]

Catechetical Office (level 5, room 5.2) operating hours :

Saturday – 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Sunday – 8.30am to 10.30am

Closed when catechism is not in session.

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