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Sep 12, 2016
Jubilee for Catechists
On September 25, 2016, Pope Francis will celebrate with catechists around the world the Jubilee for Catechists. This email is a reminder that the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis has prepared an online resource The Jubilee for Catechists: Announcing the Mercy of God, for use in dioceses and parishes. The materials can be accessed on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) website here.
In the Diocese of Victoria, we are hosting a Fall Catechists Workshop on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at the Church of the Ascension at 887 Wembley Road in Parksville.
The morning will begin with a retreat format.
Following lunch (provided) there will be two afternoon Workshop Sessions for catechists working with all ages and stages. Focus session choices will include:
- Rituals in Our Faith Journey
- Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia / Joy of Love
- New Youth Resource: You Give them Something to Eat
- Evangelization and Mercy
- Building Youth Supports
- Missionary Discipleship
The CCCB resources can be used at any time throughout the pastoral year by clergy, directors of religious education, parish pastoral workers, chaplains, Catholic teachers and parents to emphasize the special role of the catechist. They have been designed in such a way that they can be used for reflection by individuals or in a larger group setting. Dioceses and parishes may wish to use the liturgical suggestions for a special blessing of catechists either on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 or at another time when catechists are gathered together.
The Office de catéchèse du Québec has likewise developed a resource in French to assist dioceses and parishes in celebrating the Jubilee for Catechists. A link to the French-language resource is provided here.