JARO, Iloilo, Oct. 7, 2014 – A new generation of younger catechists is needed, says a bishop during the launching of the National Catechetical Month with the theme “Ikay kag Ako: LAIKO; Ikaw, Kita, KATEKISTA!” in the Archdiocese of Jaro on Oct. 6.
“We need more catechists. We need more and younger catechists!” Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said both seriously and jokingly during the 8:30 a.m. Holy Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles (Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral).
He encouraged the faithful to invest in training young people, who, he said, will serve the Church as dedicated catechists for many years.
In the homily, Lagdameo also told the faithful that, while everyone is called to be a saint, to be a catechist entails a special grace. He explained that it is a grace not only to announce the Word of God but one that directly identifies a person with the Word.
This is why, he said, recalling a teaching of Pope Paul VI in his exhortation on Evangelization, the catechist will only be effective if he is not only a teacher but, above all, a witness.
Lagdameo went on to remind his listeners of the importance of prayer in the life of a catechist. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)