Bishop Don Sproxton welcomed 43 new Catechists at a Commissioning Mass last week. In his homily he affirmed and encouraged the new Catechists in their dedication.
The Mass in the Chapel of St Michael the Archangel on 8 August was an important occasion to celebrate the vital work of those in different catechetical ministries who are directed to Catholic children not attending Catholic schools, adults with special needs and those wishing to enter the church.
In his homily Bishop Sproxton referred to the spirituality of Saint Mary of the Cross and reminded the congregation of Mary MacKillop’s unique contribution to religious education in Australia. ‘There seems a natural flow from her own spirituality to the educational needs of those she taught,’ he said.
At the end of the liturgy, another 26 Catechists were acknowledged for completing their Provisional Accreditation as Catechists and six Catechists were congratulated for acquiring certificates for ongoing formation. Catechists and their families were delighted to share the occasion with the 10 parish priests who concelebrated the liturgy.
Special guest, Debra Sayce, Director of Religious Education, Learning and Teaching at the Catholic Education Office, thanked Catechist Coordinators for their commitment and for a most enjoyable and hospitable evening. ‘The Mass and the supper were wonderful celebratory events in the life of our church community,’ she said160;