The energy and enthusiasm present in the room was uplifting. The workshop was well-attended by both the catechists from the parish religious education program as well as the teachers and administration from St. Margaret's Catholic School. It is exciting to know that there are dedicated people striving to help others come to know Jesus Christ in a profound manner. The work of evangelization and catechesis relies on the efforts of many people. We continue to sow seeds of faith.
During the three-hour workshop we covered the six tasks of catechesis.
1. Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.
2. Catechesis promotes meaningful participation in liturgical worship and the sacramental life of the Church.
3. Catechesis integrates moral formation into a Christian way of life.
4. Catechesis teaches Christians how to pray with Christ, in Christ, and in communion with the Church.
5. Catechesis initiates the Christian into the life of the local church community and fosters active participation in the mission of the Church.
6. Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares Christians to witness to Christ in society.
“These six tasks of catechesis constitute a unified whole by which catechesis seeks to achieve its objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus.”
(NCD 20, p. 61-63; GDC 86-87)
I am confident that the parishioners of St. Margaret's will be touched immensely by God's grace as preparations are made to enter into another academic year. To each of you who give so generously of your time, talent, and treasure to build up the Kingdom of God--I simply say--THANK YOU!