Article by Raymond Wong
Pictures by Pipa
SANDAKAN - The catechetical Sunday for 2017, being brought forward from September to January by the Catechetical Commission of Malaysia, where the Sunday school usually begins the classes in January each year, has eased on problems with Sunday school teachers in the parish.
The theme “Christ our joy” is a session with parents of children from the Sunday school was held on 14th January 2017 where an opportunity was given for teachers and parents with their children to have a dialogue to give a better understanding of each other’s role.
Beginning with the session, Sr. Martina gave a catechesis on the role and responsibility of parents as the first catechist in passing on the faith to their children. On the other hand, the teachers are to assist them on Sundays where the children attend Sunday school classes.
At the dialogue session, parents were allowed to ask questions to know more about the Sunday school. Some parents asked on matters of age, dress code during Confirmation, syllabus on Catechetical Malaysia series and others. The teachers replied that the age for Sunday school is between 7 to 16 years old until they received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
It was a fruitful dialogue where the parents and teachers had a good understanding on the Sunday school.
Another session for the faith formation for catechist was on “The Catechist’s vocation, role, mission, spirituality and competence”. It was geared towards the formation of catechists from the 3 language groups to develop their confidence and commitment.
The following week also, on one Saturday, a program for the Sunday school children was held. A Coloring competition was introduced to children from the kindergarten to level 3. A bible reading presentation for level 4 to 6 and a drama based on a bible verse was for students from age 13 to 16 years old. Thereafter, winners in the various competitions were presented with prizes.
At the sunset mass, all catechists from the Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and the English group were present for the commissioning and blessings after the mass by Rev. Fr. Christopher Ireneus.