The catechists from Good Shepherd Church (GSC) came together for an afternoon of food and appreciation organised by the parish. The event was made extra special as parish priest, Fr VA Michael personally thanked each catechist and applauded them for their commitment in preparing and delivering lessons every Sunday without fail. The event started off with an ice breaking session amongst the catechists from the various language groups, followed by a welcoming address by him.
“You catechists have gone above and beyond the call of commitment to help students in class each week and also to prepare the children for their Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. You generously give your time and talents and are angels to many as you lovingly helped their families grow in faith. Your dependable and tireless work, extended freely to so many children, has not gone unnoticed, and I want you to know how much you are appreciated. Working with each of you is an honour and a pleasure.
I want to take this time to thank all of you who have diligently laboured, exercised patience and modelled Christian love to share the Catholic faith with the children and teens participating in the parish education and faith formation programmes. A nice party or a pretty thank-you card is not enough! This is a time for a significant blessing for all of you who have served in our parish responsibly! I urge you to continue to ‘wait on the Lord’ and discern His voice as you prepare your weekly lessons,” he said. Fr VA continued to bestow his blessings on all the catechists present and assured them of his continued prayers. He expressed his confidence that the team will continue to flourish and bear fruit to bring this ministry to greater heights for the glory of God.
The event continued with a sumptuous lunch. After lunch, Fr VA presented appreciation certificates to each catechist. A special token was also presented to long serving catechists who have been instrumental to the catechetical programmes of the parish for the past 10 to 25 years.
Donnie Adams, the catechetical coordinator, then presented Fr VA with a token of appreciation for all the support he had rendered to the ministry. Under his guidance, the ministry has gone through various faith formations and doubled in numbers.
The long serving teachers took pride to share their passion in serving the Lord via this ministry. These inspired the other teachers, especially the younger ones, to continue this challenging journey. Donnie then spent some time to share about these men and women and their unique characteristics which they have brought to the catechetical programme, and his hopes for their continuous participation in the future.
“Each one of you has your own special gift and talent, be it patience, humour, storytelling or creativity. I thank the Lord for the gifts each of you has shared with us in our parish’s catechetical programme throughout these years. Our children, their families, and our entire faith community appreciate all that you have done to bring our children and teens to a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings and the Lord’s blessings,” he said