Parish Secondary Religious Education (CCD)


In general it is observed that the first victims of the spiritual and cultural crisis gripping the world are the young. It is also true that any commitment to the betterment of society finds it hopes in them. This should stimulate the Church to proclaim the gospel to the world of youth with courage and creativity.

General Directory on Catechesis n. 181 (1997)


This programme is a joint production. The Training Manual and the Catechists Guides were produced by the National Centre for Religious Studies, while the Topic Students materials come from the Catholic Education Centre of the Archdiocese of Wellington.

This resource was designed as a flexible tool to help parishes and catechists in their important task.


The programme has three main parts:

  • The Training Manual is to help diocesan offices to train parish catechists.
  • The Catechists Manual contains material to help catechists with their role.
  • The Topic Units are for the catechist to use in sessions with the young people.

Topics covered:

  • Being Catholic
  • Celebrating God in Our Lives
  • Social Justice
  • Scripture
  • Sacraments of Initiation
  • Pentecost and early Church History
  • Who Is Jesus?
  • Lent and Easter
  • Advent


Please contact NCRS at (04) 819 8380.