Go where the youth are, catechists, campus ministers and formators urged

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PASIG City, March 10, 2014—If young people can go crazy over hit television series and their showbiz idols, it is possible for them to go euphoric over Christ and their faith experiences too. But how to portray Christ that would elicit a euphoric experience among the youth is something that catechists, campus ministers and pastoral formators should strategize on doing. 

Msgr. Gerardo Santos of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Catechism and Catholic Education (ECCCE) has called on youth formators to be creative in bringing Christ to the youth that will generate the same or even better effect than watching their idols on television. 

“How to bring Christ to the young with the same effect is a great challenge for all formators, but not impossible,” he said told the 230 catechists, campus ministers and Christian formators who attended the recent Galilee Day of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) National Capital Region held at Pasig Catholic College last February 21. 

Santos showed the delegates a video of a concert of the hit television series Glee. He said young people are euphoric over the performance of the stars during the concert and said doing the same in catechesis is a possible but great challenge to all formators. 

The chairman of the National Christian Formation Commission (NCFC) and Regional Trustee of CEAP NCR also highlighted the imporance of going where the young people are and reaching out to them using all available means. 

According to the CEAP NCR, the first Galilee Day for 2014 adopted the theme “Choose to be Brave” to stress the role of the laity in the Church. The CBCP has earlier declared this 2014 as “Year of the Laity.” 

“Since 98 percent of school personnel and formators are lay, the number of religious and clergy is not enough to attend to the demand,” Santos said. 

The regular gathering of Christian formators aims to strengthen the bonds and communion of catechists and campus ministers in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church and to plan school activities to celebrate the Year of the Laity. It has also served as a venue for the cascading of the K to 12 Christian Formation Curriculum. The Galilee Day events are also used to have academic discussion on Church documents. 

Santos likewise reminded campus ministers to attend the 3rd National Assembly of CEAP Campus Ministers which will be held on July 29-31at the Betania Retreat House in Cebu City. (CBCPNews)

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