- On-going conversion to Jesus Christ
- Full participation in the life of the Catholic Church
- Family faith development by empowering families to share, celebrate and live the Catholic faith at home and in the world.
Catechetical Ministry Philosophy
St. Martin of Tours believes that catechetical ministry shares in Jesus’ own mission of proclaiming the Reign of God. Catechesis is that activity which enables faith to become living, conscious, and active through
the light of instruction, especially sharing God’s Word in scripture and sharing the tradition of the Catholic Church. Catechesis is a life-long process for each individual as well as the work of the entire Catholic Christian community.
The Church emphasizes that the family is the domestic church or the church of the home. The family shares in one and the same mission that Christ gives to the whole church, to proclaim the Reign of God. As Christian families, you not only belong to the church, but your daily life is a true expression of the church.
St. Martin’s Catechetical Ministry strives to work in mutuality and partnership with families. We hope to create a partnership in faith that supports, encourages and empowers families to live out the mission of the Church. Our goal is to promote family faith development by empowering families to share, celebrate and live the Catholic faith in a way that those being catechized (children, youth, and adults) can understand. Catechists must do more than merely teach about the faith. They help children and youth to build and strengthen their relationship with Jesus and the Church. Catechists do this by proclaiming the Word, building a sense of community, leading to prayer and worship, encouraging loving service to others and through the example of their own lives.
Our catechists are all volunteers, from many walks of life. They are people who have answered a call to minister to our children/youth and who have prepared themselves in a variety of ways to serve as catechists. Above all, they are people for whom faith is important enough to share.
In conclusion, the catechetical process seeks to open children/youth to the discovery of the goodness and beauty of God as reflected in their world, and help them to experience this world within the Catholic Christian community. It seeks to help them grow further in their faith, their understanding of our Catholic tradition, our unity in Christ and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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