Trainings and Programmes:
Since 1988 a NSCTC programme has been available and circulated in Nov/Dec of every year, so that nation-wide parishes may plan to send participants for the various courses during the year. This yearly programme varies according to the ‘catechetical news,’ the pastoral programmes and needs of the Catholic Church in Bangladesh.
1) Every year there is a ‘Three-month’ course for Catechists. The basics in catechesis are here taught: Bible, Faith, Liturgy and Sacraments, Commandments, Prayer (CCC topics), General Directory for Catechesis, Liturgical songs, Breviary (songs), Harmonium, Tobla, Canon Law (marriage), Group Dynamics, Catechesis (methodology), History of the Church, Dialogue, Social Leadership, NFP, Biblical Ministry, Vatican II Documents, Dalits, etc.
2) The Catechists have their ‘Refresher Course,’ with a topic chosen by them, which varies according to the needs. Catechists have also a yearly 3-day retreat and Assembly.
3) There are various other retreats, encounters, studies and meetings, to answer the needs of other groups. For any programme one needs to contact the Centre well ahead of time to be able to arrange for a suitable date.
During formation courses the following areas are commonly covered:
Scripture: General Introduction to the Bible, detailed study of Scriptural books.
Church History: General Introduction: Apostolic age to the present time.
Catechetics: General Introduction to the Universal Catholic Catechism, catechetical approach to the sacraments, methodology, techniques and aids, experience through practice.
Liturgy: Religious services with lay ministers, Bible explanation and homilies, popular religiosity and its expression, experience through practice.
Dialogue: Basic knowledge of Islam and Hinduism; principles for and approaches to dialogue
Spirituality: The Catechist’s identity and role, revision of life, Bible sharing, meditation, biblical and spontaneous prayer, liturgical services.
Society and Culture: themes of contemporary interests, such as women’s rights, Dalits issues etc. are also dealt with.
The Centre, originally established by the Khulna Diocese as its own Training Centre, later opened to national needs; it continues however to provide courses for the needs of the Khulna Diocese for a good period of time every year. The Centre also welcomes and hosts meetings organized and conducted in co-operation with other Catholic Commissions, NGOs and other organizations, obviously in times when the Centre’s own courses are not running.