In Photo: Catechist Marlie Alampayan discussing the doctrines of the Sacrament of Baptism on September 11, 2016, Sunday to parents of children to be baptized inside Saint John the Baptist Parish, Tipas Taguig City
By Ana Jacinta E. Olabre
Taguig City—Head Catechist of Saint John the Baptist Parish Nilda Bautista asserted the influence of prophetic missions of parishioners in celebration of the National Catechetical Month in September.
National Catechetical Month from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s theme this year is “On Bended Knees: Catechesis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016”.
The parish welcomed baptized children and adults to become catechists by spreading the word of God and turn as the “Echo of Christ”. Bautista mentioned Christ’s mission as king, priest, and prophet.
“Tayo sa binyagan ay nakikibahagi sa misyon na ito. Bilang propeta, obligado tayo na ipahayag ang mabuting balita ng Diyos. Sa pagiging katekista, pwede natin itong maisabuhay,” said Bautista.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz Chosen
Short catechisms every Sunday of September in the parish focused on Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, a Filipino saint and one of the Patron Saints of Catechists. Bautista said the life and values of Saint Lorenzo are narrated to young listeners as a role model for Catholics.
She explained catechisms as deepening of faith and relationship with God to those who participate in the preaching.
Catechisms are scheduled on Sundays for the whole month of September at 4 p.m. during children’s mass.
“Every year ay ipinagdiriwang ‘yan para magbigay ng awareness sa lahat ng mga tao, lalo na sa mga Katoliko, na ang buwan ngSeptember ay pagdiriwang para sa buwan ng Katesismo,” she added.
The catechism in the parish is part of the preparation for Saint Lorenzo’s feast day on September 28.
Catechisms Outside Church
Catechists proceed to public schools and educate from Monday to Thursday with slots provided for catechism. Bautista said she and other catechists integrate and inform the students about the celebration for acknowledgement.
She mentioned organizing the flow of session by creating lesson plans on doctrines of the Church.
Apart from Saturdays and Sundays, they visit communities to give catechisms on the seven sacraments including marriage, baptism, and confirmation. Adults to be baptized are provided adult catechism about the doctrine of the sacrament with preparations from catechists.
“Mayroon kaming apat na linggo. Sa loob ng isang buwan, apat na Sundays. Sa seminar ay maglalaan ng apat na Sundays bago siya binyagan ng pari,” Bautista stated.
She elaborated programs for the month covering “Hayo” o “Hatid Balita” done mainly in poor communities. Catechists are assigned in a house-to-house locale to encourage Catholics in taking part of the celebration.
Bautista pointed out members of “KBL” or “kasal, binyag at libing” who enters Church on indicated occasions.