Commissioning Catechists and Families for Opening Doors for Merciful Love.
January is a busy time for anyone involved in education and teaching, getting time tables and lesson plans, school uniforms and books and settling in to a new class at school with new teachers, learners and maybe making new friends. Those who teach catechism in our parishes also begin another year of ministry which may include the Sacraments of Initiation as particular highlights that involve families more closely. But families play a key role, in fact they are the first educators of their children particularly in faith and the practice of their religion. This relationship between catechist and families is often not easy but the doors should be open and the relationship carefully nurtured for a holistic faith formation of the young. As a catechist for more than 20 years and a further 20 year involvement in adult religious formation and in family life education which includes catechesis by families and about family life my aim in MARFAM is to provide resources that can be used as appropriate by catechists and families at home. Child martyr St Kizito as a patron saint for children is one of our recent initiatives. He tells teaching stories to children. In the new edition of Family Matters magazine he talks to them about confession something stressed by Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy.
On the day for Commissioning of Catechists in a parish wouldn’t it be most appropriate to involve parents or other responsible family members, invite them to strengthen their role, offer them special prayers and a blessing. They surely need that support too.