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Me? A Catechist?

At this time of the year, many Catholics find themselves considering an invitation to become a catechist in their parish. Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education/Faith Formation, Pastoral Associates, Priests, and Deacons are all “on the prowl” seeking out those who have the potential to serve in this role. Perhaps you’ve been invited to be a catechist. Perhaps you know someone who is thinking about becoming a catechist. Or, perhaps you are the one doing the inviting. Whatever the case may be, I’d like to offer the following Top Reasons for Becoming a Catechist. (I may add to this list in the days to come when I hear from colleagues/fellow catechists).

Top Reasons to Become a Catechist

  1. You will grow in your own faith, learn the teachings of the Church, and deepen your relationship with Jesus
  2. Your baptism calls you to share in Jesus’ ministry
  3. Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to hear the Good News of Jesus
  4. Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to encounter good role models of faith
  5. You have much to share with those you’ll teach and you’ll have opportunities to share faith with other catechists
  6. Today’s catechetical textbooks/resources offer outstanding support
  7. You’ll be challenged, you’ll have fun, and you’ll make new friends
  8. You’ll be helping people deepen their relationship with Jesus (you’ll be evangelizing!)
  9. You’ll be handing on a 2000-year-old Tradition that changes lives
  10. It’s our job: Jesus sent us to “go and teach all nations”
by Joe Paprocki