QUEZON City, July 13, 2014— Sunday school classes, which aim to teach the faithful about the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith, have met an overwhelming response from the youngest members of the Church — the children.
Fr. Joel Saballa of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (CFIC), who runs the Immaculate Conception Parish in the Novaliches barangay of San Agustin laments that many Filipino Catholics know very little, if at all, of even the basic tenets of the Church.
Raised in an environment where Protestantism dominates, he observes that Catholics often lag behind those of other sects in matters of religious literacy.
This is the reason, Saballa pointed out, why he gives priority to the teaching of catechesis in his parish.
“The lessons are taught by our trained catechists in a way compatible with the learning capability of these children,” Saballa explained.
According to him, every Sunday, five different sets of kids take part in catechism lessons that are held between masses.
He added, “The sessions are short enough to prevent these young participants from easily getting bored and losing attention.
According to the priest, after three months, the parish will hold a quiz bee in order to assess how much the children have retained, and also to determine if the classes are being directed effectively. (Raymond A. Sebastián)