I recently gave a catechist retreat/In-Service to a group of catechists at a parish in the Archdiocese. One of the things I shared with them is the importance of them bringing everything together. It is not the textbook, the DVD, the music, the pictures or the great use of the powerpoint/smartboard you used that helped make your class a fruitful one. Although helpful and very important in passing on the faith in a suitable manner to young people in the Third Millennium, nothing repalces the person of the catechist. The catechist is the person who unites, organizes and links all the great tools available together in order that our Catholic Faith can be made known in the lives of their students. Our Faith is full of life and has the potential to draw students into the life and mission of the Church. It is the person of the catechist who is the linchpin, the crux, and central to helping students encounter Christ and the Gospel Message.
The National Directory of Catechesis says: “No number of attractive personal qualities, no amount of skill and training, and no level of scholarship of erudition can replace the power of God’s word communicated through a life lived in the Spirit (pg. 243).” A person who desires to grow in holiness and proclaim in word and deed a life rooted in Christ is irreplaceable in the ministry of Catechesis. Come Holy Spirit lead us as catechists to radiate you through our teaching, and through our very being! And students will be saying…Ahh see how they love Jesus…I want that too”.
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