“The Directory offers some orientations for the inculturation of Catechesis, not only in the contemporary cultural scenarios but also in the context of scientific and technological circles,” he further said.
In a report following the December 19 shared with ACI Africa, Sr. Olga Massango says, “The Catechetical Apostolate is the first and fundamental apostolic Work. Our Founder Blessed James Alberione urged the Daughters of St Paul to engaged in writing apostolate at that time, around 1950’s to increase their output of catechetical texts and supplementary aids.”
The Mozambican Pauline Sister says, “While producing and promoting catechetical books, songs and movies centred on the person of Christ; we are called to be attentive to the signs of the times by being very alert to grasp the insights and dynamics of the Church and to search for strategies to propose an encounter and vital experience with Jesus to all.”
“For the Daughters of St. Paul, the New Directory for Catechesis being born out of two realities: the digital culture and the globalization of the culture, impels them to renew their commitment to use all instruments of communication as vehicles of catechesis by transforming them into modern and effective versions of pulpits, so as to extend the proclamation of the Word of God and enable the Good News to reach to millions of people,” Sr. Olga further says in the report shared with ACI Africa.
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On his part, the Deputy Secretary General of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Fr Lucas Ong’esa urged Bishops to “give instructions on the renewal of Catechesis to all pastoral agents (priests, brothers, sisters and laity) in giving priority to catechesis instruction as an integrant part of evangelizing mission in the Church and not to leave the lay catechists alone to carry this ministry.”
Speaking on the topic, “Catechesis Today: Historical-Pastoral Perspective in Times of COVID-19,” Fr. Ong’esa stated that “the reality of COVID-19 has exposed how lukewarm we have become and we need new pedagogical ways and approaches to the instruction of Catechesis as to impart the right knowledge in schools as to help the catechumens to mature in living, proclaiming and witnessing their faith.”
He added, “Catechetical Centres may have the resource material (books and DVDs) to enhance their ministry of evangelization and that parents have to carry on the education of their children in matters of faith as recommended by Catechism of Catholic Church 2221.”
“Catechesis is not a one person’s work but of the community of believers in the Church,” Fr. Lucas concluded.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.