One day in the not to distant future, we can see the need for men and women who take on the role “catechists” to become co-responsible with clergy for the Church’s mission and can take on the “pastoral care” of a parish when there is a shortage of priests.
Last year, Pope Francis established the new lay ministry of “catechist”, which gives official recognition to a number of tasks carried out by Catholics in parishes across the world. These include teaching the Christian faith and other forms of service.
Our Bishops will be at the forefront of preparing for the future needs of our parishes and diocese. Our Archdiocese and many others have already setup advanced programs, and degree Formation Courses are available. Our parish of Saint Teresa’s has an outstanding team of Catechists. We are always on the lookout for more to join their number. Support is available.
The parish family thank each catechist for the important role they play in the life of the parish and the church. You are a living witness and a great sign of the church’s responsibility to so many people: children, young people and adults who wish to make a journey of faith.
Never tire of being catechists, strive to offer a “living experience of the faith that each of us wishes to pass on to the new generals”.Pope Francis.
He is right, at this time, offering catechesis is challenging work, since it involves finding the best ways to communicate the faith to different age groups and walks of life. What does the Holy Father ask of Catechists today?
- To be teachers and companions
- To proclaim the Gospel with their life, with gentleness
- To seek out new languages and new paths.
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Our Parish Leads are:
Fred Mendonca Deanery Mentor
Marion Akuamoah Formation
Godfred Frimpong Catechesis
Stuart Thomas Evangelisation