Thursday, September 15, 2016

BIS #4928 TRAINING FOR BUDDING CATECHISTS

by Curie Colaco

 

KUWAIT, SEP 14, 2016: A basic catechesis programme was organised to introduce 40 new members, who recently joined the catechetical ministry, throughout all parishes across Kuwait from September 10 to 12.


Father Franco Pereira, the Catechetical Director of the Vicariate of Northern Arabia at Don Bosco, conducted the programme, which helped educate the new members on the teachings of the Catholic Church. He emphasised on the importance of Catechesis in enriching the life of every Christian.

 

On the first day, the class was prompted to view Jesus as a Catechetical educator, to understand the purpose of Catechism and to emulate the teachings into their lesson plans.

 

Rommel D'souza, from Our Lady of Arabia parish, who attended the programme, said, "The first day taught us a lot about what it means to be a Catechist. It was a very inviting and enriching experience. I am inspired to grow stronger in my faith and bring the children I teach closer to Jesus as well."

 

The next day, the focus was concentrated on "The Holy Bible" and how reading "The Word of God" should be revered during Catechesis. 

 

Mercy Joseph, a catechist from the Holy Family Cathedral, said, "The sessions were deep and thought provoking. It challenged me to ponder and apply the Biblical truths that we have known for ages, to our Catechesis - in a way that is both practical and relatable. "


On the final day, Father Pereira, familiarised the catechised to "The Catechism of the Catholic Church" and "YOUCAT"  among various other books that can be used as auxiliaries to deepen one's understanding on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Church that follows in His footsteps.

 

A catechist, who wished to remain anonymous, said, "There is so much to learn and so much more to share with others. Our lives are a journey to be happy together with Christ. To be able to enrich others lives, to increase their faith in Christ is truly a blessing. "

 

Father Pereira provided the Catechists with group activities and lessons to make a lasting impression. The organisers, Hilda Alphonso and Francis Sam, made sure that all the requirements were met so that the course was conducted efficiently.

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