Childrens Catechists Gather for Formation in Sacramental Preparation of Children

Msgr. Kevin Beach, Vicar General, welcomed 60 people engaged in sacramental preparation of children to a day of formation on A Sacramental Handbook for Parishes on Saturday, September 16th, 2006. This lively day provided expert insight into the contents of the handbook, and highlighted the need for more and ongoing formation and support for the catechetical ministry of the diocese. Participants were a mixture of parents and parish priests, catholic school teachers and parish catechists all of whom play vital roles in the religious education of our children.

Mgr. Kevin Beach

Msgr. Kevin Beach welcomes participants

SHB Formation Morning Prayer

Ms. Heather Reid, assisted by Fr. John van den Hengel, presides at Morning Prayer

The day began with Morning Prayer in the chapel which launched the session very well. Carol Kuzmochka, co-ordinator of adult faith development and leadership formation, facilitated the session. The Resource Team, under the leadership of Ms. Heather Reid, provided wonderful input for the day. This team is comprised of the original authors of A Sacramental Handbook for Parishes which contains the guidelines for Sacramental Preparation for the English sector of the Archdiocese. They described, for participants, the theological foundations of the Sacraments of Initiation, and led them through each aspect of the handbook. Particular attention was given to highlighting the particular roles of parents, parish and school at each stage of the process. A panel of experienced people helped to shed further light on this important process and helped to fuel very meaningful dialogue.

Participants gathered in small groups to share insights, hopes, concerns, and questions. The session was brought to a close with an opportunity for the important questions, comments and recommendations of participants to be expressed. Participants were very appreciative of the session and highlighted the need for regular, ongoing, support and formation opportunities for all engaged in childrens catechesis.

SHB Formation Panel

Panellists, (l-r) Ms Klara Kinahan, Fr. Bosco Wong, and Ms Carmel Horan share their experience

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