JARO, Iloilo, Sept. 29, 2015 – A local Church in the Western Visayas marks National Catechetical Month with the establishment of the first Sunday of October as Catechetical Sunday.
As the Archdiocese of Jaro celebrates its 150th anniversary, Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo announced in a recent diocesan circular, “Given the secularizing trends, we are left with a great challenge to establish a functional diocesan catechetical program that will properly address common and basic problems in our parishes.”
Challenges in the diocese
As the country prepares to commemorate 500 years of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, the prelate underlined the important role of the Catechetical Ministry, saying, “As we try to continue and build on the legacy of the missionaries who brought the Christian Faith to us, the Archdiocesan Commission of Catechesis and Catholic Education (ACCCE) is at the forefront taking the pulse of the parish catechetical ministry and keeping alive its vital role in the transmission of the Faith in our present times: the universal call of the Church of sharing the joy of the Gospel!”
According to ACCCE Director Msgr. Ramon Pet, the Catechetical Ministry is in urgent need to address the following challenges:
- Lack of trained and competent catechists
- Lack of formed Catechist-Coordinators and a need for well-defined, feasible, and effective catechetical formation so that they, in turn, will be able to train their constituents in their respective parishes
- Lack of stable resources and funds required to run a regular formation program for the Summer Catechetical Institute and the In-Service Training Program in the parishes during the school year
- Lack of means for coordinating the catechetical program with other “faith-formation” ministries.
Pet explained that it is in the current context that Lagdameo designated the first Sunday of October as Jaro’s Catechetical Sunday.
“On that day parish collections will be given for the support of the Catechetical Ministry. Furthermore, we encourage the parish priests, parochial vicars and other faithful to help promote and campaign for regular benefactors to make an annual pledge for the same purpose,” said the Catechetical Ministry director, as he explained the mechanics of Catechetical Sunday.
“All funds collected should be remitted and acknowledged through the parish office and the parish priest should remit the collections to the Office of the Oeconomus,” the priest added.
Lagdameo acknowledged how “many parish priests who have been seriously working and putting their resources for a functional catechetical ministry in their respective parishes.”
“May Our Lady, Star of New Evangelization support us with her guidance and inspiration,” added the archbishop, as he encouraged the faithful to entrust the endeavor of the Catechetical Ministry to Holy Mary.
The Archdiocese of Jaro commemorates National Catechetical Month from Oct. 4 to Nov. 14, 2015, with the theme: “Catechists: companions of Jesus, friends of the poor.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)