FCC – Learning to Listen and Facilitate (Intensive)

/FCC – Learning to Listen and Facilitate (Intensive)
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Dear Coordinators and Catechists,
We are pleased to open registration for the following course:-

FCC – Learning to Listen and Facilitate (Intensive)

26 Jan 2019 (Saturday)
02 Feb 2019 (Saturday)

9:30am – 5:30pm (26 Jan)
(Registration starts at 9.00am)

9:30am – 3:30pm (2 Feb)
(Registration starts at 9.00am)

Church of St.Vincent de Paul
301 Yio Chu Kang Road
Singapore 805910

Lunch $10/- (both days inclusive)
Course fees are waived for 2019*

*Notwithstanding the waiver of the contribution of course fees, participants are required to register for all courses and events to assist us in the booking of appropriate rooms, printing of materials and arrangement of tea and snacks, etc. In the event of foreseeable no-shows, we encourage participants to inform the office in advance to help prevent wastage of resources. Participants will be charged the full cost of $100/- per person for no-shows.


  • Lance Ng, Spiritual Director, Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality & Counselling
  • Jane Lau, Associate Director, Office for Catechesis

Lance is a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. He received his formal training at the Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation, University of Divinity (Melbourne) with a Graduate Diploma in Theology and a MA in Spiritual Direction.

Jane Lau is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is a catechist with over 10 years of experience. Trained in Law and Television, she has over two decades of experience as a Broadcast Journalist, Presenter and TV Producer, during which time she has conducted numerous interviews and facilitated panel discussions for TV and ‘live’ events. She is one of the founders of the Harvesters faith-sharing community and has conducted workshops on small-group facilitation for youth and adults, including a presentation on faith-sharing communities to Asian Bishops at the Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate on Youth.

One of the fundamental tasks of catechesis is the initiation and education in community life (GDC #86), for we recognise that the Christian community is the source, locus and means of catechesis (GDC # 158 & #254). However, ‘Christian community life is not realized spontaneously’ (GDC #86) – it needs to be cultivated.  Bringing people to a deeper love of the Truth is done more effectively through small group interactions and by doing so, we are intentionally modelling how Christian communities could come together to share their ‘God-encounters with each other’ in a ‘dialogue of faith-and-life'(Tenets of the New Evangelisation).

In respect of this, the catechist and/or facilitator plays an important role as an ‘active witness to the Gospel, capable of sharing with others the fruits of his/her mature faith as well as stimulating intelligently the common search for faith’ (GDC #159).

In this course, participants will learn the key to facilitating small faith-sharing groups – which is how to listen authentically – as well as the practical skills needed to help the individuals and community grow in faith.

Session 1: Listen with Awareness
At the heart of authentic conversation is listening. Am I aware of what and how I am listening to self, God and the other? What am I really listening for? This inaugural session explores the language of listening and how my growing awareness is foundational toward listening from authenticity.

Session 2: Listen from Authenticity        

When I become more aware of what I am listening to in my conversations, I may ask, “Is it authentic?” This second instalment examines the question, “how do I know and how do I listen from the wellsprings of authenticity that reside in me, in my inward being?”

Session 3: Listen to Act

“The extent to which one responds in authenticity is the extent to which one is open to be affected.” In this session the crux of the question is, “how am I listening to my neighbour today?” The one who has truly listened is the one who acts in mercy and compassion.

Sessions 4 & 5: Facilitating for Growth

Having learned to listen authentically, we look more closely at the role of the facilitator in a small faith-sharing group. We will explore and practise the skills needed to facilitate small group sessions as well as cover communication basics including managing conflict and enabling all participants to share.

This course is for anyone facilitating small groups especially Youth Level Facilitators and RCIA facilitators.

To register, please click on this link to fill in the registration form before 21st Jan 2019

Participants who are more than 30 minutes late will be deemed absent.



The FCCs are the recommended basic requirement for all catechists, including CGS, home-based and special needs catechists. It consists of the following modules:-

  • FCC – Intro to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods
  • FCC – The Five Strategies of the Virtue Project™
  • FCC – Learning to Listen & Facilitate

In addition to the FCCs, the BCCs are the recommended requirements for youth and adult catechists are as follows:

  • BCC  – Introduction to Morality
  • BCC  – Catholic Social Teaching*
    * Pre-requisite for this module is the BCC Level 2 – Introduction to Morality module.
  • BCC  – Human Sexuality*
    * Pre-requisite for this module is the BCC Level 2 – Introduction to Morality module.
  • BCC – Scripture
  • BCC – Liturgy: The Mass
  • BCC – Evangelisation and Mission Retreat (or other selected retreats*) and Workshop.
    *Catechists who have attended the following retreats at least 3 years before completing their certificate do not require to attend the Evangelisation and Mission retreat as part of completion of the Basic Catechist Catechesis Course requirments :​

♦  Conversion Experience Retreat by Catholic Spirituality Centre
♦  AWAKEN Retreat by Catholic Spirituality Centre.
♦  The First Spiritual Exercises Retreat by Kingsmead Centre.
♦  Life in the Spirit (LISS) – please contact [email protected] for      a list of endorsed organizers.
♦  Labourers in the Vineyard by the Office for the New Evangelisation
♦  Watchmen Retreat by the Office for the New Evangelisation

Catechists are required to complete all the modules for each level within 3 years in order to receive their Certificate of Completion.

Catechists who have attended previous courses but have yet to hand in their assignments are encouraged to attend the courses again as a REFRESHER.

Participants who are more than 30minutes late will be deemed absent.

All course notes will only be available for download via an url link, on the day of the course/event.

Access to Children’s & Youth Catechetical Curriculum

Pre-requisites for access to Children’s Curriculum (Foundation Year 1 to Level 6):

  • 100% attendance for Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Children’s Track).

Pre-requisites for access to Youth Curriculum Levels 7 and 8:

  • 100% attendance for Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Youth Track)
  • Completed written assignment given out during ICP&CM module.

Pre-requisites for access to Youth Curriculum Levels 9 and 10:

  • 100% attendance for Introduction to Catechetical Pedagogy & Catechetical Methods (Youth Track)
  • Completed written assignment given out during ICP&CM module
  • Sufficient facilitators from parish sent for Learning to Listen and Facilitate module based on ratio of 12 youths to 1 facilitator
  • 100% attendance for Learning to Listen and Facilitate module by parish facilitators
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Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] should you need further clarification or have any other queries. We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you.

Office For Catechesis
Catholic Archdiocesan Education Centre (CAEC)
2 Highland Road, #02-02
Singapore 549102