Catechetical Sunday at St. Joseph Church
On the 28th of January, the vibrant community of St. Joseph Church came together to celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The spiritual atmosphere was filled with reverence as the catechetical ministry took charge, coordinating the mass that marked the commissioning of more than 40 dedicated catechists. The theme for this year’s celebration resonated deeply with the call to action and responsibility: “We are stewards of God’s Creation.”
The commissioning of catechists is a sacred moment within the Church that involves the formal recognition and blessing of individuals who have committed themselves to the important task of imparting religious education. During the ceremony, the catechists are called upon to fulfil their mission with faith, dedication, and a sense of purpose. The act of commissioning serves as a public affirmation of their commitment, empowering them to carry out their duties as educators and spiritual guides within the community.
The Catechetical Sunday Mass was presided over by the Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict, whose spiritual leadership has been a source of inspiration for the St. Joseph Church community. Father Benedict passionately addressed burning issues within the ministry. One prominent concern was the departure of individuals from the Church after the sacrament of confirmation.
Father Eugene underscored the importance of addressing this challenge head-on. He acknowledged the need for a more vibrant and creative approach to catechesis, urging catechists to infuse fun into their lessons. Emphasizing the critical role of catechists in making Sunday school an enjoyable experience for children, he encouraged them to explore innovative teaching methods that engage young minds and hearts.
This year’s chosen theme, “We are stewards of God’s Creation,” encourages reflection on the role of humanity as caretakers of God’s magnificent creation.
During the mass, Father Benedict extended a warm invitation to the youngest members of the congregation. He encouraged the children to actively participate in the celebration and offered a special prayer for the catechists who guide them in their faith journey. This act of inclusion aimed to instil a sense of community and shared responsibility among the youth, fostering a connection with the teachings of the Church and the importance of stewardship from an early age.
Catechetical Sunday at St. Joseph Church was a momentous occasion, marking the commissioning of passionate catechists and emphasizing the crucial role of stewardship in the Christian faith. As the community reflected on their responsibility as stewards of God’s creation, the celebration served as a powerful reminder of the interconnectedness of faith, community, and the environment. The St. Joseph Church community stands united, committed to nurturing the seeds of faith and embracing their role as stewards of the precious gift that is God’s creation.