Parent’s deserve some pampering and celebrating every once and a while. This is partly why we held our first Parent’s Night for all the parents of children in Youth Catechesis (K-12th grade) in our parish. We wanted to get together with all the parents of the children we are honored to serve, and spend some time sharing community and building each other up. The entire Department of Catechesis and Evangelization had a great time with the parents and were blessed to be able to share a little about our lives and passion for what we do with all who attended. We also wanted to share our vision for youth catechesis: that all children would be put “not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” (Catechesi Tradendae #5)

We talked about the difference between education and catechesis. So many of us have poor experiences of growing up in a CCD program, religious ed, or similar catechesis programs, and walking away with a lot of head knowledge but not much else. The difference is that education is primarily about information, while catechesis is about transformation. We hope we not just teach intellectual knowledge of the faith, but help the youth of our parish cultivate a Christian life of intimacy with Jesus Christ – to walk with Him daily. This relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church has changed lives, and we know that it will give the youth of our parish the grace and strength they seek.

We look forward to continuing to serve the parents in their task of forming their children as Catholics and disciples of Jesus Christ.

This story was originally published in June 2016 Edition of The St. Francis Grapevine, our parish newsletter.