This coming Monday is my first session (I don’t like to use the word “class”) with my 8th graders this year. I have 7 boys and 7 girls! How nice!
Of course, this means that I’ll be spending a few hours this weekend planning my session.
There’s always so much to do on the first day. My goal will be to be welcoming and engaging, to focus on getting to know their names, to lay the foundation for a prayerful climate, and to establish some basic groundrules to ensure effective learning.
More than anything, I want the young people to know that I am dedicated to their spiritual well-being and that what we are about to embark on can be life-changing if they allow it to be so.
May the Holy Spirit guide and inspire me and all of us catechists to use our gifts in service of the Gospel!