I became a catechist, myself, at the age of 16 when I entered the Don Bosco Seminary ― Canlubang, Laguna. We were then 18 seminarians. We knew very little about teaching catechism to the children of the parish and the public schools in the area.
I remember my own experience in the past as a student in a public school. Some visiting young catechists from a nearby Catholic school came over to teach us during lunchbreak. The class was so interesting. We enjoyed their company because they were very friendly. They taught us about God, how to pray, and how to prepare ourselves to receive the Sacraments. My first holy communion is still very vivid in my mind. I am sure they had given me inspiration to become a priest. Because of all this, I wish to dedicate this blog to all catechists!
Our mentors in the seminary taught us how to catechize ― learning by doing. They prepared simple lesson plans. They explained the lesson to us, and then gave us a chance to practice delivery. This experience sowed the love for catechesis in my heart. It gradually grew and blossomed… like a small seed it grew into a big tree, then it bore much fruit ― which I have been sharing with others for 53 years now.
You will understand why I entitled this blog, From God to God…the Catechetical Way. I chose this title because the message we proclaim is “from God.” Our mission is to invite people to return “to God.”
Some of you may be new catechists ― beginners; others may be experienced ones; and still others already experts. Whatever your competence ― or even perhaps just as a curious reader ― you’re welcome! I will be happy to share with you what I know, some of my discoveries, insights, and experiences. I hope that you, too, would do some sharing ― big or small ― it does not matter. What matters is that we learn from each other.
A Simple Lenten Program
Just a few days ago, one catechist asked me this question, “How can I help my students live this Lenten Season fruitfully? Can you suggest a way to concretely practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving?”
I gave a serious thought to this, and I wish to share with you this little project a Simple Lenten Program (you can also download forms that can help you in making your own). May it help you make this season of Lent truly holy.
Fr. Vicente B. Cervania, SDB is a professor of Catechetics at the DBCS Institute of Catechetics and Youth Ministry. He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.