St. Peters BThis time of year marks the half-way point (more or less) of the year in religious education.  I want to share a few things that DRE’s and especially catechists might consider half-way through the year.

1) Do you believe the way you’ve catechized has helped your students actually grow in their relationship with Christ? Consider why you would say yes or no.

2) How have you helped your students experience being a community?  Is your class more bonded and interactive now than they were during the first month?

3) Do you believe your students know more about their faith? Is there anything you’ve done so far to measure (as imperfect as it is) what they know or don’t know?

4) How are your students sharing their faith with others outside the classroom?  Are you finding that they are applying what they are learning and experiences in the class to what they do outside the class?

5) What have you done as a catechist to grow in your faith this year as you seek to pass it onto the students you catechize?


 As the Church approaches the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican held a Catechetical Congress.  Thousands of catechists attended. Pope Francis said some things worth pondering:

1. Being a catechist “begins with Christ.”

2.   “The first thing, for a disciple, is to be with the Master: to listen to and learn from Him. This is always the case, and it is a way that lasts a lifetime!”

3. “In the heart of the catechist, there always lives this ‘systolic- diastolic’ movement: union with Jesus; encounter with the other, if one of these two movements is no longer beating, then you do not live.” 

4. “Be careful. I have not said to do the work of a catechist, but rather to be one, because it involves all your life. It means guiding towards the encounter with Jesus with words and with life, with your witness.”


It would be easy to comment about all these but for now I encourage you to ponder these thoughts from Pope Francis. 


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