He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
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The Catechist’s mission is to be Christ like to the children, and to share the intimate love of God with them. They emulate the Good Shepherd, guiding them on their road of formation and bringing them to God. Along the journey, catechists help to prepare children to receive the Sacraments. These include preparation for Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The Sacraments are a visible sign of God’s grace, and reveal how close God is to His children, and how immense His desire is for a personal relationship with them. The Catechists help their children to see this truth, and receive it in their hearts as they grow in faith through the years.
Catechists also stay connected with parents and encourage them on their vocation as their child’s primary Catechist. Talks are held for parents to understand the spiritual needs of their children, and learn how best they can support them on their unique journeys.
Prayer camps are held for the secondary Levels 7-9 youths, which is when preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation moves into full swing. Here, they experience the presence of God outside of their typical classrooms and are introduced to elements of praise and worship, different prayer methods, community bonding and personal reflection. It is when the youths are away from distractions and their routines that they can fully focus on Christ.
“It is very rewarding. In journeying with the youth, we too are forming ourselves for the Lord. We learn from the youth sharing’s and likewise they learn from us. We are called to merely plant the seeds and watch them grow. Many sacrifices are made. Many of us keep coming back because we see the fruits or are ourselves the fruits. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
-Cassandra Fernandez L9 Catechist
If you feel the calling to impart the love of God and His teachings to children or youth or even as a Catechist Assistant (Parent Volunteer), please do contact the catechist office @ 6481 0036 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration dates for Catechism 2020 will be announced in the bulletin in August 2019 If your child is a new student, please bring your child’s baptism cert on the day of registration.