Sr. Peter Snaigo CMDA the Diocesan Catechetical coordinator was up and about very early in the morning on Saturday the 13th June 2015 going to our Holy Spirit Parish-Kentane for the training of sowers in that parish. She reminded the team of their responsibilities as teachers of faith that theirs is to proclaim, live and celebrate their faith. All three activities go together. In proclaiming they communicate the content of the Good News. In living they respond to the Good News in one’s own behavior and then in celebrating they join with the other members of the Christian Community in remembering and affirming the gifts of faith of life that God has given. This celebration takes shape within the parish community as well as in parishioners homes.
A message was sent through that all parishes should elect the committee and the coordinator to support the priest in charge in doing this work as the Chief Catechist in the parish. Sowers (Abahlwayeli) should re-visit the way they teach and also use their experience of life within the lesson. They must prepare the lesson before they deliver. As a matter of fact, it is very important that we all time and again go back to our catechisms refresh as to be critically aware of the realities of the Gospel Life and open our hearts to the demands of God’s Spirit.
Friends and family we all need to be catechized I must say. We need to take the catechism very serious from our houses to churches. It is the foundation of our faith that needs to be checked every time and again. It will help us always to realize the importance of the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you” Mt 7:12. It will make rich in the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. We encourage all the parishioners to take part in this task of enriching our lives and faith.
“God looked at everything that He had made, and He found it very good” Gen 1:31, you were wonderfully made by God and you are very good but without God in your life you cannot be good. Have a wonderful weekend.
By Fr. Thembela