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Who is a Catechist?
Catechists are defined by the canon laws in canon law as “lay members of the Christians faithful, duly instructed and outstanding in Christian life, who devote themselves to setting forth the teachings of the Gospel and organizing liturgies and works of charity under the direction of a missionary.”
In areas in which the Church is not as institutionally established as in the West such as some areas in South America, Africa, and Oceania catechists are frequently responsible for managing local Christian communities that are the size of entire villages or towns.
They also provide instruction in the Catholic faith, conduct ceremonies, conduct baptisms, and even assist with marriage ceremonies during the time between priest visits.
The function of a Catechist is to explain (teach) how to live the gospel through the use of words and examples.
The most frequently assigned tasks are to catechists.
1. preaching to people who are not Christians.
2, Catechizing catechumens, and those who have already been Baptized.
3. Leading the community prayer. Leading the community prayer, particularly at the Sunday liturgy, in the absence of the priest.
4. Helping the sick and presiding over funerals.
5. Teaching other catechists at special centers or supporting volunteers to help them in their duties.
6. Taking over pastoral activities and coordinating parish events.
7. Helping the poor and promoting human growth and justice.
Formation of catechists at the very least, as outlined by Canon law, is intended to take place in specially-designed schools or, if it’s not possible under the direct direction of the missionary.
Benefits of being a Catechist.
1. The best method of learning can be to instruct.
All of us are required to develop our faith. And the best method to learn is to share your knowledge with others. If you can teach others, your understanding grows.
2, Catechists are the truth.
In the present chaos, the people are trying to figure out the truth and what’s not. Catechists are like that child that told the Emperor that he didn’t have any clothes. Catechists share the truth about God as well as morals, faith, and.
3. Sharing faith is a great honor.
It’s estimated that less than 1 % of Catholics are catechists. If you’ve been asked to become a catechist or you feel the need, you’re being requested to do something extraordinary for God and the Church, and for friends and fellow Catholics.
4. Your faith will be brought to life.
When you live out the principles you have been taught by acting on what you believe, you are a participant in building God’s kingdom. In the end, Jesus told us not to hide our light behind a basket of bushels which means that
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we shouldn’t be placing it in an empty missalette. As an ordained priest, you will be able to see that liturgy, prayer, and your personal relationships with God will become more exciting and important.
5. You are an active member that is the most engaged section in your church.
One of the criticisms against Catholic congregations is that they do not offer the same amount of “fellowship” as some others. If you are a member of the catechists at your parish you join an organization that will assist you in your journey of faith as they pray with them, and help you to live your Catholic way of living.
6. A catechist is an ideal role model.
Ask youngsters who their idols or role models are, and you’ll receive an array of film and sports superstars.
7. You will be doing the art of stewardship.
In these challenging economic times, families are struggling to cope with increasing costs and decreasing incomes.
8. You demonstrate to your family members that you appreciate religious education.
Spending time in your busy schedule to teach your faith shows your children as well as your grandchildren, siblings, and other family members that you place an emphasis on the importance of religious education. You might find that you’re instructing them by your example as the students you teach by the lesson plan you have created.
9, It’s fun.
Engaging with lively young people can give you energy and enthusiasm. Children remind adults to be happy and live in the present moment and also get excited about things such as holy days and stories about saints.
10. It’s a signal to duty.
After his earthly ministry Jesus stated: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). If you teach the future generations about Jesus’ Good News, you are taking on your responsibility to fulfill The Great Commandment.
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Responsibilities of a Catechist.
1. You are responsible for the class you have been assigned and your students.
2. To support and assist the children to build a personal life of prayer.
3. To give children the chance to serve others.
4. Contact your Director of Religious Education regularly with any concerns or concerns that may arise.
5. Note down any specific needs of students in your class. There is a special needs forms within your class folder. It lists any special requirements or issues that could be applicable to your students.
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