My Beloved in Christ:
Our journey as disciples of Christ is a life-long endeavor. We are constantly called to nurture our relationship with Christ through study, prayer and charity. Catechesis plays a vital role in this endeavor. Pope St. John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae (CT), describes catechesis as “an education of children, young people and adults in the faith, which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (paragraph 18).
Catechesis is an integral part of the Church’s identity and mission. It is one of the primary tasks of the Church, which flows from Christ’s command to us to go out, teach and make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (cf. Matthew 28:19-20). Catechesis therefore comprises of the totality of the “efforts within the Church to make disciples, to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ. The Church has not ceased to devote her energy to this task” (CT Paragraph 1).
As such, every member of the faithful has a part to play in catechesis, starting with the Bishop who is also the Chief Catechist of the diocese, and including the clergy, Religious, parents and indeed, all the lay faithful.
We will be resuming our catechetical formation program/CCE classes on Sunday, September 17 at St. Patrick’s Church. Please mark this on your calendar. Registration for CCE classes will be held on the following Sundays from 8am to 2pm at St. Patrick’s – August 6, 13, 20 and 27.
Also, next weekend (July 29 and 30) we will be recruiting/signing-up volunteers and catechists to help with our catechetical formation program. Our Director of DRE, Ms. Tammy Juarez, together with a few volunteers will be outside after all the masses to help with registration. Please stop by, even if you haven’t been a catechist in the past and are simply interested in volunteering. You can also call the parish office for further assistance.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank our many volunteers who help in different ministries. We are one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples. I hope this can be our guiding vision and mission as a parish. Our unique configuration – six churches, one parish – requires all hands on deck. Please consider volunteering and kindly contact me or the parish office if you are interested in a particular ministry. We need volunteers to help buoy the different ministries in our parish.
Also, we are hoping to have a Stewardship/Ministry fair to highlight the different ministries in our parish and hopefully get more people to participate in these ministries by this fall and next spring.
As always, thank you my beloved brothers and sisters for your faithful and prayerful support of our one, Holy Family Parish. May the good Lord continue to animate us with the joy of the Holy Spirit in all our ministerial endeavors, amen!
In Christ’s love, I am
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma