What’s your favorite thing about being a catechist? We asked this question on our Catholic Faith Formation Facebook page and got some great responses.
My first graders renewed my energy for teaching them, with their innocence and enthusiasm. My seventh graders challenge me to step it up and try to help them through the jungle of unbeliefs they are facing in their everyday world.
—Ruth Campbell Spitzer
Renewing my faith through sharing it with others
Enjoying the children in awe with the stories we tell and how Jesus loves them. Their smiles are everything.
Sharing our faith with them, doing crafts, and helping them to learn the Word of God through our lessons.
The questions! I teach first grade and their questions always amaze me; they are connecting and thinking deeply about things. And I love the challenge of “translating” complicated concepts into something a six-year-old can understand.
The fact that what we share as lessons can be life-changing, inspiring, and leads others closer to the heart of Jesus.
—Bro. Winston Victorino
Watching my Confirmation students come to understand our faith. The probing questions they ask about our Church, our world, morality. They think so much more deeply than most give them credit for.
Sharing my faith with my children each year. Being able to share Jesus’ unconditional love and learning something from the children also.
Seeing 120 kids receive the Eucharist for the first time.
Seeing faith move from head to heart, from just words to truth, and going from learning about Jesus to personally knowing him.
What would you add?
Consult the Effective Catechist section of the Finding God Catechist Guide for practical tips and support in your role.