TAWAU: The Catechetical Ministry of Holy Trinity Church, Tawau celebrated Catechetical Sunday on 18 September 2011, the day after the feast day of St. Robert Bellarmine, patron saint of the catechists.
An Italian Jesuit, theologian and a Cardinal of the church, he is a Doctor of the Church and is also the patron saint of catechumens. He was canonised in 1930.
|Blessing the catechists|
|Catechists saying the pledge|
|Praying for the catechists|
With the theme “ Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in Faith “, we were reminded that our faith must be grounded in Jesus Christ, who is the source of our life, hope and love.
At the same time, we were also challenged to respond positively to God’s call, trusting Him and putting His words into practice.
In his homily the rector Msgr. Nicholas Ong paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of the catechists in passing on the faith and church teaching to those who are called to be baptized, receive their first communion and confirmation.
He said to them," As we celebrate Catechetical Sunday, we reflect on the vital role of our catechists in planting the seed of faith of our church in our future generation."
"Every year during Easter Eve, we witness the sacrament of baptism, telling us that God's call is for everyone to come and know him personally through the efforts of all these facilitators working under the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
After the Mass about 400 parishioners adjourned to the parish hall for a fellowship and presentations.
During the fellowship, the rector again thanked the catechetical team and the parents for their efforts in ensuring that their children are brought up grounded firmly in the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church.
He urged all the catechists to continue their commitment in proclaiming the good news.
Beside the presentations from the various classes, tokens of appreciation were also presented to those catechists those have been involved in this ministry since 1982.
|Token to catechist Melvin.|
|Token to Mary domingo|
The celebration ended at 1.30pm with closing prayer by Sr. Liza Augustine, fsic.