Meet our wonderful catechists

Our catechists are the key players in the FHC Programme. They are a group of volunteers, both men and women, who love the faith and are inspired to help others grow in it. In other words, they help spread the Gospel of the Lord. Directed by Fathers Peter and Antonio and Sophie (our catechetical co-ordinator) our catechists prepare the children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers.

Marie

I joined the team of catechists over 10 years ago after my daughter made her FHC. The catechists had done such a wonderful job that I wanted to get involved and help. I work as a project manager for a charity that supports people with learning disabilities. I bring my organisational skills to FHC at St Joseph’s, working with the team of catechists, Fr Antonio and our new catechetical co-ordinator, Sophie. I look forward to helping prepare your child to make their First Holy Communion.

Debbie

I joined the team when my daughter Kiera took the sacrament six years ago. For me the children are the future of the Church. Helping and guiding their understanding and being part of their journey is so important but something that I enjoy. I live my faith through my actions. In my day job, I run a small Catholic charity, Across, which take the sick, disabled and terminal ill to Lourdes on pilgrimage via a jumbulance (jumbo-ambulance). Volunteering to help the children of our community is just another way of helping others and giving of my time.

Sarah

After having two children take their FHC, I thought it was time I volunteered. This was when my third child received the sacrament. That was six years ago and I’m still here! In my day job, I’m a mental health nurse. Which keeps me busy. But it really is a pleasure helping and supporting the children of the parish.

Daryll

My wife Kellie served as a catechist for two years and having found it so rewarding suggested that I should do it this year. My daughter Lena is taking the sacrament and I am looking forward to travelling with her and the other children on this wonderful journey. I work as an accountant for a logistics company.

Dom

I have been part of the catechetical team for the past three years and have really enjoyed watching the children grow in their faith. I help out with the music activities which is brilliant fun and it is great to see so many budding young musicians. I am involved with the 9:00 am Sunday Mass music group and the RCIA course which have both helped me to continue to grow and understand more about my own faith. For my day job, I work in Cambridge as a structural biologist for a pharmaceutical company.

Eileen

I have been part of the team for 18 years, since my eldest son made his FHC. I am originally from Cork, where all sacramental preparation was done exclusively in school. I was so impressed with the dedication of the volunteers that I joined the following year and am still here. I love working with the children; seeing them develop in confidence and understanding is the greatest feeling. I have made wonderful friends and we have great fun. I work as an organic chemist designing and making potential new medicines.

Anne

I decided to help out with FHC when my middle child was preparing for the sacrament, and she is now 20. I stayed because working with the children is really rewarding. It’s a nice way to be able to give something back to the parish and because the other catechists are such a lovely bunch to work with. From Scotland originally, I have lived in Bishop’s Stortford for just over 20 years. I am the Careers Lead in a local high school, which I love.

Catherine

I am very excited to have recently joined St Josephs as a catechist. I decided to join because I remember my own First Holy Communion classes as being so enjoyable and special, and so wanted to help create a positive, fun experience for the children of our parish. I am a trained early years teacher but currently a stay-at-home mum. I really look forward to meeting you and your children and supporting them through the sacrament.

Jacqui

I have been part of this wonderful team for the past 10 years. I was also a catechist in my old parish and so I was delighted to get involved at Saint Joseph’s and I’ve never looked back! It’s so rewarding to work with the children and support their understanding of this special sacrament. For my day job, I’m fortunate to work as a teaching assistant in a local primary school and I love it.