Thank You Catechists!

By Beth Jesserer, Director of Faith Formation

St. Benedict the Abbot, St. Francis of Assis and St. Isaac Jogues parishes are abundantly blessed with many catechists. There about 125 volunteer catechists for Faith Formation, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Youth Group and RCIA. This ministry is so valuable that the United States Catholic Bishops set aside the third Sunday in September every year to acknowledge and honor these volunteers. This is called Catechetical Sunday and is a time to recognize the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and those who serve the Christian community as catechists.

Those whom the community of St. Benedict the Abbot, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Isaac Joques has designated to serve as catechists are commissioned for their ministry on this particular Sunday. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of their Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. It is also an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

Those who teach in this ministry are willing to be “foot” soldiers for Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us “How beautiful are the feet that bring the Good News.”

Isaiah Chapter 52:27
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing Good news, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”

Romans Chapter 10:15
And how can they teach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

I love this image as it relates to the catechists because it shows humility in the work they do. When you think about it, feet are not considered body parts of physical beauty, God chose lowly feet in these scripture passages. He did not select the brain, hands, mouth, eyes or physical beauty, but feet, which are the instruments of travel and it is God’s intent that catechists “go” with His message. Our Catechists here at St. Benedict the Abbot, St. Francis and St. Isaac are willing to wear out their shoes and blister their feet to bring your children to Jesus Christ.