A day for teacher’s to light and shine as a beacon, to be the light tower for children’s lost vessels sailing amidst the sea of confusion and other influences. The day to set a milestone in the creation and nurturing of young adults into spiritual succession. That was the position bestowed upon the catechists of the Good Shepherd Church, Setapak.
Their jobs were more than articulating gestures and explaining the word of God to the young adults in the Good Shepherd Sunday school community. The job scope also included nurturing and nourishing God’s children with the right moral values leading them towards a positive Catholic faith.
This was the message which Father Christopher very clearly expressed in his sermon for the 9am mass on that auspicious day, the 22nd of January 2017, at the parish of Good Shepherd, Setapak. The catechetical Sunday, was a day set aside for all the Sunday school teachers to be formally introduced to the whole congregation of the church. After the sermon and just before the last blessing, all the teachers’ respective names were announced by the Catechetical coordinator, Dr Donnie Adams. The teachers were led in front to light a candle, the significance of beginning a new year, a spiritual inauguration to walk with the children of their classes towards the light of Christ.
The teachers were asked to light their candles and recite an oath before the whole congregation. They were asked to be spiritual leaders. They were asked to be a shoulder to cry on and stay as strong pillars as the beacon of light for the children to model and follow. After the recital, the teachers were asked to proceed to the grotto towards the left of the church where they placed their candles and said a short prayer. Most faces left smiling, back to their respective classes. A mark of comfort and solace from God He walks with us in our challenges to teach the children the Word of God.
A healthy competition was held amongst the Sunday school classes that day, where the children enthusiastically decorated their classrooms on faith based themes. This initiative saw the teachers and students working together to brighten up their classrooms with crafts, posters, paintings and even a 3-D rosary. The standard 3 and form 5 classes emerged as the champions of the competition in the primary and secondary school category respectively.
By Eugene Joseph
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