JARO, Iloilo City, May 27, 2015 – “The time to bring change in our Archdiocese has come with the help of new and certified catechists,” Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said as he addressed the first batch of graduates of the Summer Catechetical Institute on May 16.
“You can help the priests, who already have many responsibilities in their parishes, most especially in the teaching of the faith and the way to salvation,” the prelate said.
“But, most important of all,” Lagdameo stressed, “is that our catechists help our brothers to center their lives in Jesus Christ so that they can become His disciples.”
On their part, the newly-graduated catechists committed themselves “to serve the Lord and their fellowmen, most especially those brothers who have not yet received the Good News.”
In his homily at the Eucharistic celebration that capped the graduation rites, the head of the Archdiocese of Jaro talked about the four Cs that should serve as guidelines for catechists.
“The first ‘C’ is the Consecration. We should live according to the offering of the bread and wine in the Mass, changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” he explained.
According to Lagdameo, the second “C” is life of communion with Jesus Christ together with others, most especially the poor, the suffering, and the marginalized.
“The third ‘C’ is contemplation. This ‘C’ will teach us to change us to be prayerful and to center our lives on the commandments of our Lord,” he added.
Concluding with the fourth “C”, Lagdameo said compassion, being merciful, and helping alleviate the struggles of the poor brothers both in the material and spiritual aspects are also needed.
“The grace that the catechists receive from the Holy Spirit, such as wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord will be useful in the apostolate, to share and teach to their fellow citizens, in their respective places or wherever they will assigned,” the archbishop explained.
The new catechists also promised to pray for more catechists, who will spread the Good News.
The Jaro Archdiocesan Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ACCCE) conducts the Summer Catechetical Institute, a live-in basic formation program that involves five weeks of studies given in a four-phase summer course.
The first batch of students had their course from April 23 to May 26, 2012. The present batch graduated from the program upon completion of the course, which ran from April 13 to May 16, 2015 at the St. Joseph Regional Seminary, Jaro, Iloilo City. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCP News, with reports from Vic G. Aguisanda)