If I asked you to name one idea or subject from your school years that changed your life, maybe you could come up with one or two after a few minutes of thought. But if I asked you to name your favorite teacher, or to think of one person who dramatically impacted your life, you could probably come up with one or two in an instant.
Sometimes we’re tempted to think “if only people really understood the faith, then the world would be different.” But who will tell them this good news?
We have the greatest offer the world has ever heard of: the joy and peace found in a life centered in Jesus Christ and the eternal reward of heaven. Even here at St. Francis of Assisi, we don’t have enough people telling them. The harvest is plentiful – we have lots of children, youth, and adults showing up – but the laborers are few. We have life-changing information. But we need caring people.
St. Paul felt this need for more people to step-up and share the good news when he asked: “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14)
If you have ever felt the urge and desire to share the wonderful things God has done for you with others who are hungry to find out more about God, I want to personally invite you to explore the ministries of catechesis and evangelization. We have lots of opportunities for you to participate in spreading the good news of Jesus with people who are hungry for it.
The biggest objection I hear people say is: “But I don’t know my faith well enough to teach.” I always reassure people by reminding them that they didn’t need much training to tell a friend about their new favorite restaurant or movie. It just comes out of you. And we don’t need know-it-alls. We need people who love God, and love helping others fall in love with him. If you ever don’t know the answer, you can just say “I’m not sure, let’s find out together!” The Church has all the information, but we need caring people telling it.
If you’d like to learn more, please come to our annual conference called Cat Day (short for Catechist Day) on Saturday, August 12, where we will be talking about our parish’s efforts to reach people and preach the Gospel. We’ll help you explore ways you can get involved teaching and sharing the faith. The day will consist of keynotes, adoration, food, fellowship, and breakout sessions to find out more about the different ministry opportunities.
I believe that every child, teen, and adult is just ONE caring Christian away from a deeper encounter with Jesus Christ. These people need YOU. As it is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Romans 10:15)
If you’ve ever been interested in getting involved with Children’s Catechesis (K-6), Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Middle School or High School Youth Ministry, RCIA, or Adult Catechesis, this is a great first step. Or, if you just want to be more informed on the vision and plans for our parish, feel free to come and check it out! Find out more & RSVP: sfatx.org/catday
This story was written by Edmund Mitchell, Director of Catechesis & Evangelization. It was originally published in June 2017 Edition of The St. Francis Grapevine, our parish newsletter.