Nurturing Faith Through Knowledge, Relationship, and Dynamic Engagement
On the 27th of January 2024, our church witnessed a transformative event as we embarked on the First Catechetical Formation of the year. From 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, 26 enthusiastic participants experienced a profound journey of learning and spiritual growth that deeply touched their hearts.
The day commenced with the melodious notes of morning lauds, led by Sarah Yogeswary setting the tone for a day-filled with inspiration and enlightenment, fostering a sense of unity and devotion among the participants.
Sessions and Facilitators:
1. The Role of a Catechist – Richard Ganesh:
The first session, led by Richard Ganesh, delved into “The Role of a Catechist.” Catechists were guided through the profound responsibility of keeping God’s memory alive, exploring the concepts of theophany and epiphany in the Catholic Church. Richard’s insights served as a compass, directing catechists toward a deeper understanding of their sacred mission as custodians of God’s memory.
2. Growing in Faith Through Learning Engagement – Jane Buniel:
Following this, Jane took the reins in the second session, focusing on “Growing in Faith Through Learning Engagement and Active Teaching and Learning Strategies.” She explored the varying levels of faith and illuminated practical strategies to help students ascend in their spiritual journey. Jane’s dynamic approach underscored the importance of active teaching methods to nurture a vibrant and evolving faith.
3. Building Relationships – Dr. Sheela Theivanthiran and John Bosco:
The third session, “Building Relationships with God, Students, Parents, and Fellow Catechists,” was skillfully facilitated by Dr. Sheela and John Bosco.
Dr. Sheela emphasized the importance of prioritizing our walk with God, leading us into a role of servant leadership as faith formers. Recalling the Lord on the cross and His thirst for souls’ grounds us in the mission, enlarging the tent of the Kingdom of God. John Bosco added value to the relationship aspect, emphasizing the significance of focusing on individual needs to foster reliable connections, building strong foundations in the children’s faith journey. A unique and engaging approach was employed for the last session. A roundtable conference, coupled with sharing, served as the method to explore the intricacies of building relationships. This interactive format allowed for a deeper understanding and personal reflection on the importance of connection in our faith journey.
Throughout the day, participants engaged in reflection, group discussions, pair activities, and other dynamic exercises that added a layer of depth to their learning experience. These interactive elements ensured that the knowledge gained was not only understood intellectually but also felt in the heart and soul.
As the day unfolded, it became clear that the First Catechetical Formation in 2024 was not just a series of sessions but a sacred journey of enlightenment, growth, and connection. Catechists left with hearts on fire, armed with knowledge and inspired to carry out their divine mission with renewed vigor.
In conclusion, let us reflect on Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” As we deepen our understanding of our role as catechists, let us trust in the divine guidance that will lead us to nurture the seeds of faith in the hearts of those we teach. May the First Catechetical Formation of 2024 be a stepping stone to a year filled with spiritual growth, connection, and an unwavering trust in the Lord’s providence.