Dear Lord Jesus,
You are the model teacher. Let me look to you as an example and come to you for comfort on the bad days and to share my joy on the good ones. Help me remember that the work of catechesis is not something I do by myself, as I pray:
For my catechetical leader, that she have the strength to be an effective leader. May she find the best ways to organize our program and invite people to participate in the important work of faith formation. May she be encouraged by the gratitude of those she serves and be inspired by your Spirit on those days when the tasks or questions pile up and the work is most difficult.
For the parents of the children in my class, that they feel supported as they educate their children in living the Catholic faith and make difficult scheduling choices to get their children to religious education sessions. May they be open to asking questions when things are unclear to them, and may they share their wisdom with the parish community. May the love that exists within families be a model for the love you, Christ, call us to have for all people.
For the children in my class, that they come with open hearts and open ears to hear the Word of God. May they be receptive to new prayer experiences and group activities that may bring them closer to you. May they come to understand that the things we discuss in class have relevance to life outside the classroom and for years beyond their time with me.
For my fellow catechists, that they may be encouraged in their ministry and be a support to one another. May they find the time to plan good sessions that will touch the hearts of learners and inspire them to be better Catholics themselves. May they recognize when to ask for assistance as well as when they need to offer assistance to someone struggling. May all catechists take advantage of opportunities for learning more about the faith and about being effective teachers of the faith.
For myself, that I may always remember that this ministry is not about me, but allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me. May I devote the time necessary to planning my sessions and reach out for help when needed. May I understand that the commandment to love my neighbor as myself applies to even those children who may get on my nerves from time to time. May I open my heart to what the students might teach me and build a community of trust in my classroom.
For all this I pray.
Please, add your own intentions for the year in the comments.
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