Catechesis means to echo, to pass on, it is the handing on of the Faith of our Father’s. Tonight we are starting a 1st in our parish, we’re incorporating a caFE programme into our outreach evangelism (which is about to take off in a big way hopefully, but up until now has been miniscule). I’m going to be participating in this in a bigger way than ever before, as I will be a ‘fascilitator’, along with about 5 other catechist’s.
There are at least 2 candidates that willbe coming along to this initiation series into Catholicism, and we’re running this right up to Lent so we’re hoping that our numbers will be expanding all the time (pray for our ministry, please).
Now, here is the really good new’s.
I chose the above image because it represents how we hand on our faith to others, sometimes it is silent, sometimes we don’t even have to use words, there is a riple effect, like a droplet falling into a body of water…the effects are far reaching…well that’s how it feel’s for me at the moment. My 14 year old daughter is going to be coming along to the weekly caFE gatherings to deepen her own understanding of the faith that she has converted into…but wait for it…my 61 year old Mum has expressed an interest in Catholicism and is going to join us tonight (at least for this first meeting)
How about this for coincidence, the parish I now attend (it’s the only parish I’ve attended regularly since my conversion) is the very same one that Mum used to live not two street’s away from when she was a little girl, she even used to go into Sacred Heart sometimes when her italian catholic friends were being Confirmed…she saw me get baptised there as a 34 year old…and she saw me and her grandchildren receive our First Holy Communion there, she saw me and my daughter bought in to full communion with the Church when we were both Confirmed there. the place now has a lot of special memories for the both of us, both Mum and I.
The past 2 week’s mum has come along to Mass with us to Mass and it’s been a joy to have her beside us in the pew. Please, if you can spare a prayer, pray for her to be open to the Will of God in this, that His Will be done.
This throws up a heap of possible complications in Mum’s personal life.
She has never attended church except for marriages, ‘christenings (as she call’s them) and funerals’, so this is all new to her..and Dad, the hardened (though really he’s just a big softie) ‘agnostic-used-to-be-atheist’ …well, I’m not quite sure how he’s going to handle this, but he’s wiling to babysit my son so I can take Mum and daughter along to CAfe and he isn’t the kind of person that would raise an objection to anything that Mum felt called to do, but it’s still going to take some getting used to for him, so maybe you could spare a prayer for him too?
Funny how God works through the lives of even the most unworthy sinner.
Since I’ve never helped to ‘lead’ or be ‘instrumental’ in anything in the Church before, could you toss in a prayer for me too, while you’re at it? I want to represent the Faith well and not be thrown into a quandry if I don’t have all the answer’s to the questions that I may be asked. I know it’s ok not to have every answer to every question. I’m so looking forward to this evening. I used to pray consistantly for my fathers conversion, and I get my Mum showing an interest…who knows how far this ripple will go?