I see that Nick Senger has added me to his list of “catechist blogs”, even though I don’t always write all that much about catechesis. Or about anything, I noticed, scrolling through the blog. Apparently a lot of things I thought I’d posted only made it as far as my head . . . oops.
[For my non-catholic readers: “Catechist” is the catholic word for “Sunday School Teacher”. With the difference being that a) there’s a 6/7 chance we don’t actually teach on Sunday, and b) we’re Catholic, so we are required to use as many Greek and Latin words as possible.]
Since I was just thinking the blog needed some attention, and now we have a topic, I’ll quick toss out my thoughts for what I want to make new-and-improved this year:
-Well, we’ve got to learn those new Mass responses. So as soon as we get the green light, my kids will start practicing. Until then, I’m going to teach some other prayer forms, and let the creed and so forth take a back seat until Advent or whenever we’re told to start teaching the new responses.
-Once again, I’d like to try to get the kids singing. I say this every year. Small problem being I am not a very good singer. Enthusiastic? Yes. On key? Not so much. I keep trying to persuade other people to do music for us. So far no takers. So that leaves me.
-Last year I got really bogged down in going through our textbook chapters too slowly. This year, I want to look through each chapter and prioritize: What are the must-learn items, what are the “just if you need to fill time” items, and what are the “introduce-but-don’t-memorize” items.
–> For example, I’m a big fan of studying the lives of saints. But as I think through it, really what I want is for the kids to make friends with the saints. They don’t necessarily need to memorize life stories. In contrast, understanding the Real Presence or the Trinity, those are some fundamental teachings you need to have straight in order to build a healthy spirituality. (Inasmuch as any of us understand such things — they are mysteries after all. But goodness let’s not throw out all the work of so many councils).
So there we go. A nice catechist post for you. BTW I have been absolutely hanging on to Dorian Speed’s catechist series. Go read that.
PS: Wednesday is our start-of-the-year catechist meeting. So then I’ll *really* know what I’m doing this year. Which might involve puppets. Or a note about how I am to never, ever, stage another VBS play involving so many teenagers with swords. We’ll see.