I mentioned yesterday the comment from a catechist (Fran) encouraging folks who are in their “golden years” to consider serving as catechists. Here is the latest from Fran:
I am going on 61 in October. I have no formal training to work with youth, but have always found a love for them and believe in their future. I feel, if I can help in any way, that is what we are here for. I am youth coordinator, at Our Lady of Grace, but find that all you need is a heart for kids. Kids are basically good and looking for direction.
I told Fran that parents have no formal training in parenting but, with love, figure out how to raise their kids properly. As catechists, we need not have a PhD in theology or psychology to succeed (although we certainly need formation and “basic” training in catechesis) but, with love, common sense, and help from our colleagues, we can help young people embrace the Catholic way of life.