The word catechist comes from a Greek root word that means "to echo." A catechist is a person of faith who echoes the Word of God and leads others in understanding faith teachings according to the official teachings of the Church, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The role of the catechist is a vital ministry in the Church. In the faith formation of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, parishioners from grades one through high school, catechists and the pastor work with students and parents. This includes sacramental preparation for First Penance, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.