Catechesis is part of the process
whereby a person gets to know Jesus Christ. It is about the education in the
faith of children, young people and adults. Like John the Baptist, Andrew,
Peter, we are all called upon to become disciples, to deepen our own
faith and to pass this on to others by example and by offering ourselves as
catechists in the parish community by word and example.
The Diocese of Grand Falls wishes
to assist parishes in offering programs that will encourage parishioners to
grow in faith. In the General Directory For Catechesis they offer the
parable of the sower going out to sow (Mk. 4,3) as a reminder that we need
to keep the soil fertile in our lives or our faith will wither.
"Behold! A sower went out to sow.
As he sowed some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured
it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and
immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil; and when the sun
rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away. Other seed
fell among thorns which grew up and chocked it, and yielded no grain. And
other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and
increasing, and yielding thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold" (Mk
The Bishop of the Diocese has
appointed a full time Director of Catechetics in order to assist parishes as
they review the programs they are have in place or are trying to establish.
Since the Office of Catechetics, like the parish, is concerned about helping
children, young people and adults learn more about Jesus, there are ways
that we can all work together so that Jesus does become better known and