Hey! You guys may not remember me. I’m the Catechist that used to post on this blog. It’s been how long? Oh yeah, a month and a half. I’m embarrassed by the fact that I haven’t posted in so long. Life got a little bit crazy for me in December. Work picked up as we neared the end of the year, plus Advent and Christmas time always get busy with things happening at the parish, preparing for time with family and buying gifts. Additionally, it’s gotten only crazier in January. Oh, before I forget … a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
So what’s been going on you might ask? Besides all the things at work that would bore you, I’ve been busy working on Religious Education stuff. My classes have been going well. In my 6th Grade class, we’ve discussed wisdom, focusing on individuals like King Solomon. I was able to use one of my favorite Old Testament stories (1 Kings 3:16-28) to show wisdom in action. It was great to see their reactions as I read parts of the story and stopped for impressions. We’ve also discussed some of the prophets that foretold of the coming of the Messiah, like Isaiah & Zechariah. I think the differences of how the Messiah was described were a bit tough for them to grasp. With those topics, we wrapped up the formal curriculum around the Old Testament.
This week, we moved into the New Testament, exploring parts of the Gospels in a little more detail. We got to focus on one of my favorite New Testament stories, “The Boy Jesus in the Temple” (Luke 2:41-52). Oddly enough, the prior week I got asked the question if Jesus knew he was God from the time he was born. I referred to this passage to help express my opinion. As we reviewed this story, I chose to focus on Luke 2:51. We discussed the significance of the fact the Jesus was “obedient” to his parents. I always find it such a powerful example that Jesus, who is God, was obedient to His human parents.
On top of my 6th Grade lessons, I had the opportunity to present at RCIA this past week. My topic was “The Sacraments of Healing”. As much as I felt comfortable with my knowledge around the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I still felt that this needed to be spot on, so I did a lot of work with the Catechism and some other resources to help make sure I got it right. Additionally, I had never done much work around the Anointing of the Sick, so this gave me an opportunity to increase my own knowledge as well. I felt very good about my presentation and our catechumen asked some insightful questions which was a signal to me that my presentation was giving him reason to think.
On top of that, I’m also working with my CRE and fellow catechists in developing a plan for our 6th Grade Retreat that will be happening in early February. My CRE provided me the framework and I helped build out a more detailed discussion plan. The theme of the retreat will be the Ten Commandments. Lastly, I’ve been methodically working on my pastor to allow me to create a Facebook page for our parish. After months of my pastor not having time to focus on it, we met today and he agreed that we needed to do it. And just like in the business world, the person who has the idea gets the project. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very excited about doing this. It will be a great opportunity to stay connected to parishioners beyond the Sunday Liturgy, but for it to be successful, it needs constant focus. Please pray for me as I deal with whatever the game of life throws my way.
Until next time, keep sharing the faith.