Catechists’ confab inspired by Mercy Year, Laudato Si’ set

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Volunteer catechists at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran with their students. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

MANILA, Sept. 21, 2015 – In line with the ongoing celebration of Catechetical Month, students, young professionals, catechists, religious educators, and church workers are invited to this year’s Catechetical Conference (CatCon) on Sept. 27, Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa Catalina College Chapel, Legarda St., Sampaloc, Manila, which will focus on Laudato Si’ and the forthcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Mature faith, balanced spirituality

“CatCon is a program we hold each year on September, which is a month dedicated to catechists and catechesis. Through the talks we give, we hope to give participants a more mature understanding of the faith and a well-balanced spirituality,” explained Nestor Limqueco, one of the organizers of the event.

Convinced that “one cannot give what one does not have,” he pointed out those who wish to share the faith with others need adequate formation on doctrine, liturgy, ecclesiology, biblical hermeneutics, catechetics, and morality.

‘Blessed are the merciful’

Themed “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7), Limqueco noted the seminar draws inspiration from Pope Francis’ announcement to make the “Mercy of God” the center of the observance in the next liturgical year.

In a March 13 speech, the Holy Father said, “It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’ (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!”

Holy year

“This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person,” he added.

In this regard, part of CatCon is a discussion on the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as well as on the devotion to the Divine Mercy.

A talk on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the care for our common home is also slated.

Registration fee is Php 100 for adults and professionals, and Php 50 for students.

Theology crash course

Meanwhile, the “Theology Crash Course” of Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, O.P. will proceed as scheduled also on Sept. 27, 9: a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Venue will be at the University of Santo Tomás (UST) Central Seminary, but only for this month.

For inquiries, interested parties are advised to contact:

Globe (+63)906-410-0010

Smart (+63)939-462-6733

(Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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