MANILA, July 20, 2015—Not to be content with being just evangelized, young Filipino catechists should take on anew the challenge of bringing the Good News to others in a world constantly threatened by conflicting beliefs and anti-Christian ideologies, said a Catholic priest recently.
Call of the Gospel
“Let us evangelize … More than a foundation, we are a community. Our aim is not to be recognized. Our mission, our goal is to evangelize,” Fr. Richard P. Lagos told members of Youcat PH in a gathering held recently at St. Joseph Retreat House in Sampaloc, Manila.
Youcat PH, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church-Philippines, is the local arm of the worldwide Youcat based in Germany which promotes the dissemination and the study of the reader-friendly version of the “more intimidating” Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) first presented to delegates of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
Youcat vs -isms
The group was organized in response to the need to translate the Youcat book into the Philippine context as well as to combat the mounting influence of secularism, hedonism, consumerism, and like -isms to which many young Filipinos today subscribe.
Lest it be forgotten, Lagos, Youcat PH director from the Diocese of San José in Nueva Ecija, reminded Youcat volunteers what the hip book is really about.
More than a book
“Let us look beyond the book. Let us ‘personify’ the book. More than a book, Youcat is a person. I am Youcat. You are Youcat. We are young catechists,” he explained.
“God is the sole reason why we are here … From being a person, we should strive to be a community of evangelized and evangelizers,” he added, comparing the Youcat team to a ray of light which cannot achieve its full whiteness when at least one of the seven colors is lacking.
Spirituality of communion
Lagos enjoined the catechists, many of whom young professionals active in various parish ministries, to adopt a “spirituality of communion” which will enable them to become the “light of the world,” and to “know, share, meet and express” the Gospel more effectively with others, especially fellow youth.
“Let us work together as one,” the priest exclaimed.
Youcat PH is set to hold its first International Youcat Congress on Nov. 5 to 7 in time for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Youcat PH also has an online study group with close to 11,000 members where they regularly meet and discuss the catechism.
To get updates, netizens may follow Youcat PH on Facebook.
Interested parties are also requested to visit Youcat.ph. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)