Encountering God in Catechesis

Authored by Catechists' Personal Testimonies in Issue #6.3 of The Catechetical Review

#1–Trusting God to Take the Lead

A couple years ago, I volunteered as a first-grade catechist for my parish’s religious education program. This was before I was taking any classes or working in ministry, and I often struggled with how to present material to such a young age. The program we followed wasn’t much help; the kids I taught did not seem to connect to the content at all. I modified what I could and tried to make it fun, but often I felt my efforts were inadequate.

One Sunday morning, I was teaching on the parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16. I read the parable to the students, but I got no reaction. Many students were clearly distracted. Those who were at least looking at me had blank looks on their faces. I was at a complete loss. I knew I needed to do something to get the message across, but I had no idea what to do next. I turned to God. I said a quick prayer asking for help and went with the first idea that came to mind... (testimony by Emily Ketzner)

 

#2–My Conversion, His Conversion

When I returned to Trinidad during the summer of 2018 for a short-term mission, I attended Mass at one of my favorite churches in Paramin called Our Lady of Guadalupe. I heard somebody calling my name from behind me, so I turned around and saw my friend and former student Chris. I was so happy to see him and looked forward to talking with him afterwards. During Mass I thanked the Holy Spirit for the work he had done in Chris’ life. We had a long talk after Mass; I was in awe seeing him still open to growing in faith and being active in the Church after so many years, despite the rough journey he shared with me.

Chris was one of the youths that I journeyed with years earlier. He was part of the Confirmation class and Youth Ministry group. I met him during our youth retreat, and he was one of those boys who would always get your attention by talking and not paying attention. I remember my patience was tested... (testimony by Jonathan Lumamba)

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