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Laity survey in Paisley hopes to form opinions on new catecheses programme

By Ryan McDougall

Paisley Diocese has launched an online survey asking their laity about what catechesis education programmes they would like to see rolled out as it makes plans to improve formation within the Church.

The diocese has launched an online survey on its website, where respondents can choose what topics they would like to hear about in adult formation, the preferred style of presentation and what times are best suited to them.

Topics include Canon Law, RCIA, the Sacraments, Scripture, social justice and the teaching of the last three popes.

The preferred styles of presentation that respondents may select are: live presentations, films on the diocesan website, films on the diocese’s social media channels and a fourth café-style/DVD option.

Laity’s decision

Respondents can select multiple options, and can make their own suggestions in the ‘other’ category.

Canon Michael McMahon, parish priest of St Conval’s Church, Linwood and director of adult formation and education for Paisley Diocese, said: “We want to offer a good programme for adult formation, so we’re doing this to see what people want around this time as it’s during Easter time when adult formation will take place.

“We’re trying to make it a systematic task and one aim we have this time around is to see exactly what people want.”

The survey was launched around three weeks ago, and once the results are in, the diocese will work out which platform it will use to present information on adult formation to Catholics, what nights of the week events will be hosted, and what topics will be covered.


The survey is hosted by SurveyMonkey, meaning Canon McMahon is currently unsure of how many responses it has had to date, but he remains confident that a good number of Catholics will fill it out to have their voices heard.

He added: “I would encourage as many folk as possible who are interested to take the survey as that’s the best way for us to get an idea of what they want and what we need to do.”

During his papacy, Pope Francis has encouraged catechesis across the Church but stressed the need not only to make Christ the centre of people’s lives, but to be creative and adaptable in finding ways to reach the people in their area.

Pope Francis said: “The catechist is creative; they search for different means and forms of announcing Christ and I encourage them to be joyful messengers, guardians of the good and the beauty that shines forth in the faithful life of the missionary disciple.”

To respond to the survey, visit Respondents are required to provide their full names and email addresses.

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