Mangaluru, Dec 4: St Peter’s City Varado organised Catechism Teachers Milan for all the catechism teachers of the various parishes of the city deanery on December 4 at Cordel Mini Hall, Kulshekar.
The programme began with a prayer lead by Sr Lavita. Fr Lawrence Cutinha the coordinator and assistant parish priest of Guardian Angel Church, Angelore welcomed Fr Vincent Sequeira the resource person of the programme and Fr Clifford Fernandes, parish priest of Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar.
He extended a cordial welcome to all the catechism teachers of the various parishes of St Peters City Varado. He thanked the parish priests and assistant parish priest of the various parishes of the city deanery for extending their full support in organising this program and sending the catechism teachers.
Fr. Clifford Fernandes congratulated the teachers for taking up the responsibility to teach the children catechism. He said the teachers need to be enthusiastic and be prepared with the lessons, understand the real aspects of faith and also need to know about the Holy Bible. Hence today’s session will definitely help them to gain better understanding of the Holy Bible so that they could make it easy for the children to understand.
Sr Lona D’Souza introduced Fr Vincent Sequeira. Fr Vincent belongs to Uppinagady Parish and has pursued his education in theology from Bangalore and Doctorate in Biblical theology from Rome. He is a professor at Jeppu seminary and at the same time Secretary for Biblical Commission in the diocese of Mangalore. Additionally, he is also the assistant director at Mangala Jyothi.
Fr Vincent Sequeira took elaborative session on important aspects of the Holy Bible and how to incorporate during catechism teaching. He briefed them about how creatively the word of God depicted in the Holy Bible can be taught to the children to bring them up in Christian faith. He emphasised to act out the parables and make teaching interesting so that the children develop the love of reading Holy Bible. He encouraged all the catechism teachers that they are doing a wonderful job and can really use creative techniques to convey the word of God. Around 110 catechism teachers participated actively in this program.
The programme came to an end with vote of thanks by Celine Saldanha. The programme was compered by Precilla Monteiro. Pratibha D’Souza took the lead to make necessary arrangements for organising this programme.