SRE School of Religious Education, American Martyrs School
Patti Williams, Director of Religious Education
1701 Laurel Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Volunteer to Teach

The church makes it quite clear that to be a catechist, the term used for our SRE teachers, is to have a vocation.  The term catechist refers to those who serve in the religious education programs and those who serve as teachers of religion in Catholic schools.
As a catechist, you might wonder what qualifies you to serve in this way in the church.  Actually, you have been called because you show potential for developing these qualities...

  • desire to grow in and share faith
  • an awareness of God's grace
  • a commitment to the church's liturgical and sacramental life and moral teachings
  • strength of character built on patience
  • a generosity of spirit, a respect for diversity, and a habit of hospitality and inclusion
  • Knowledge and Skills of a Catechist

  • A basic understanding of Catholic teaching, Scripture, and Catholic Tradition
  • Honest and caring relationships with young people
  • Effective teaching techniques and strategies
  • Time Commitment

  •   Regular prayer and participation in the sacraments
  •   Orientation with the Director of Religious Education 
  •   Weekly meeting with your children September to May
  •   Lesson preparation on the campus and clean up following class
  •   Lesson planning time of 1-2 hours each lesson
  •   Quarterly meetings for fellowship and inservices
  •   Continuing Education opportunities  in the parish and throughout the Archdiocese  
  •   Fingerprinting through livescan
  •   Child sexual awareness program completion

For further information, contact Patti Williams in the Faith Enrichment Center

pwilliams@americanmartyrs.org or 310-546-4734