Recently I received the following e-mail from a Catechist’s Journey reader:
Any ideas for catechist appreciation this year with such a variety of comfort levels with gathering? Usually we do a big dinner, but we are currently only allowed to serve prepackaged food at parish functions according to diocesan guidelines.
Thanks for asking the question, Diana, which I’m now asking of the rest of you readers. Perhaps you are a catechetical leader asking the same question, and you have some suggestions. Maybe you are a catechetical leader who’s already figured this out and can tell us what you did. Or perhaps you are a catechist who has been on the receiving end of appreciation shown by your parish and can tell us what that looked like.
The bottom line is that it is important to show affirmation to people who are living out their baptismal call by serving and proclaiming the Gospel, which is what catechists do with such commitment and passion. (I prefer the word affirmation over appreciation, because appreciation can sound like we are thanking others for helping us with our task, whereas affirmation is to commend people for doing their jobs well.) The more we affirm, support, and help our catechists to grow, the longer they remain committed to the catechetical ministry.
What are some creative ways we can affirm or “show appreciation to” catechists during the pandemic? Please share your ideas below in the comment box!