Here’s an e-mail from a “rookie” catechist who is getting through his first year with the ups and downs that come with it. Luckily, it sounds like he has good support from his DRE, fellow catechists, and from the catechetical community that gathers here on my blog. Let’s hear it for our rookie catechists!!! Thanks for bringing “new blood” to our ministry! We’re here for you!
After reading your entry about from February 22nd about “When Being a Catechist Isn’t Easy”, I felt like you were at the Ash Wednesday service ,last night that my 7th grade RE class and I attended. Two of my best students (in terms of classroom participation) were acting up and even though I was giving them “The Look of Death” from across the pew, they would stop for a few minutes and then pick up right where they left off. I came to terms with it, talked about it with the class for a few minutes after Mass and left it that I hoped to see much better behavior at our Reconciliation Service next week.
I am a first year Catechist with a mere 18 classes under my belt. I am a numbers person by trade with absolutely no formal teaching experience and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your site. I visit it almost daily as part of my morning reflection. You and some of the site resources you listed have given me ideas on how I can help both me and my students to not only learn about our faith but to live our faith.
My DRE is supportive and both my resource Catechist and the other Catechist at my grade level are very helpful. It’s nice to have another source that I can go to anonymously on the web to get some really good ideas. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and keep up the great work.
P.S. A follow-up e-mail tells me that behavior was better this past week. Praise God!