CATECHISTS METROPOLITAN MASS
Category : GENERAL
NAIROBI METROPOLITAN ANNUAL MASS HELD AT THE RESURRECTION GARDEN.
THEME:CATECHISTS AS AGENTS OF RECONCILIATION.
Animated by the catholic diocese of Nakuru, Nairobi metropolitan mass was held today at the resurrection Garden. The main celebrant was John Cardinal Njue assisted by Bishops from the metropolitan. Also present were priests, religious and over 1000 catechists of the metropolitan of Nairobi.The metropolitan of Nairbi consists of the Arch Diocese of Nairobi,Nakuru,Kitui,Machakos Ngong and Kericho dioceses.
In his homily Rt Rev Maurice Muhatia Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru emphasised more on the theme of the day which was “Catechists as agents of reconciliation”. He also reminded the catechists on the importance of the feast of the exaltation of the cross which was celebrated today.
The bishop encouraged the catechist to be agents of reconciliation and unity and to walk in the way of the cross of Christ which gave us redemption. Bishop Muhatia reminded the catechist the work of evangelization and reconciliation needs sacrifice and humility. He also reminded them of the importance of collaborating with the priests and their Bishops.
Catechist George Abiero the chairperson of the Catechist in the Diocese of Nakuru spoke on behalf of all the catechists. Among other things that he said, he reminded the catechist that” we should remember we are echoes of love, hope, truth and mercy. Catechists are incredible gif t to the church”.
Fr Kioko in response to catechists’ questions in previous years explained that:
A catechist is a lay man or lay woman who participates formally in the catechetical ministry of the church he responds to a call by witnessing through their life and teaching. A catechist has a vocation within other vocations; Called in the life of family and evangelizer of God’s work. A catechist is called to become committed to the church and to teach the doctrine of the Catholic Church faithfully.Fr Kioko Continued to say that a catechist should offer service to the faith community in commitment, be open in deepening their faith through prayer, good deeds and practicing the sacraments. Catechists need to develop their faith through strengthening their spirituality through devotion to the Eucharist, word of God and mass. He also added that the Catechists need to enhance their catechetical skills.
He continued to say that the bishop of the metropolitan suggested that there is need to have more catechetical centres. The bishops also recommended that a catechist to be part of parish pastoral team in the metropolitan. The bishops also recommended that catechist should use the book “catechism of the catholic church” which is in English and Swahili.
Sr. Michelle Njeri – CDN Communications Office)