The Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth views catechesis as an integral to the New Evangelization and Re-Founding the Church. Catechesis is a life long journey and relationship with the God who made us and this relationship must be continually nourished throughout the course of our lives.
As Catechists, we all have the important task of helping those we instruct in the Faith to come to know Jesus Christ personally, and to help develop and foster this personal relationship with Him in those we encounter in our everyday lives.
Catechesis is an ever evolving and changing ministry in order to meet the needs of an ever evolving and changing society but always remembering that the core teachings of the Church remain unchanged. Adapting to these changes requires that we make changes in the way we instruct and the products we use, this is why the Archdiocese is currently looking at new and updated programs that will be used to help develop a personal and long lasting relationship with Christ.
It is essential that as Catechists we recognize and acknowledge that, while related, there is a distinction between lifelong catechesis and proximate Sacramental preparation.
From October 20-22 the Diocese of Antigonish will host the bi-annual conference of the Atlantic Catechetical Association. This year’s conference is entitled The Spirituality of the Catechist: Growing In Faith.
The vocation of catechist originates from the Word; we teach the Good News. As we do so we invite others to join us. Lead children, young people and their families in prayer and build community through the many relationships we cultivate with other parish ministries and the broader faith community.
The new school year is in full swing and so to is the pastoral “school year” as catechetics, programs and initiatives that teaching and pass of the faith, begin anew in our various parish. The Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB) has invited Catholics across Canada to be mindful of those who are catechists on Sunday, October 1st.
The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis, an office of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has prepared English-language resources for celebrating Catechetical Sunday 2017. The theme, Missionary Disciples in the Vineyard of the Lord, focuses on four topics: catechists are called to be missionary disciples, facilitate encounters with Christ, accompany others, and live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. The resources are available to you on our website at www.cccb.ca.
The Diocese of Antigonish extends a warm welcome to all participants, presenters and vendors attending the bi-annual conference of the Atlantic Catechetical Association.