Posts Tagged ‘RCIT’

RCIT + Christian IPhone

April 13, 2008 1 comment

Christian Holy Spirit IPhone posterSince we were so close to my home parish of St Bernadette in Hollywood, FL, I stopped in to see the high school RCIT class preparing for Confirmation this year @ 4pm.  I saw this cool poster that one of the catechists made and had to take some pictures.  It’s a poster of an Apple IPhone, but with Christian buttons.  — Some great details

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CCD + catechesis crisis

January 28, 2008 2 comments

Ministry Class @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLMINISTERIAL PRACTICUM – (Fr Michael) — since the weather was so nice, we had class outside in the grass and discussed the current state of catechesis in the Catholic Church.  Whether you call it CCD or Religious Education or Christian Formation, it’s essentially teaching the Catholic faith to adults or children (either in private Catholic Schools or weekly evening for public schoolers).  We started by sharing, comparing & contrasting our own experiences in CCD verses private Catholic Schools.  We highlighted the good and bad areas that need work, including better textbooks, better catechist training, more challenging truth (and less warm & fuzzy emotion-only faith), and other issues.

I can identify with many of these issues, especially since I’ve been a Pre-Confirmation catechist for (mostly) 7th graders for about the last 15 years.  Even when a catechist commits lots of time, effort & prayer to present catechist attractively, relevantly and challengingly, frustration stiffle your efforts that perpetuates generation to generation producing ignorant Catholics with a childish knowledge of their Catholic faith.  Improvements are coming … through the Church … through a committed laity … through our perseverence … to share the Gospel message of Christ in words and lessons and, most importantly, a living witness in “me”, in order to fullfill my role and awaken all I encounter.

Despite the obstacles and frustrations, I recall a quote from Pope John Paul II about teaching the faith to young people that illustrated my approach to catechesis and youth ministry through the years.  [I’m still looking for the exact quote and will post here … check back]  

[related resource: CATECHESI TRADENDAE (On Catechesis In Our Time) 1979 by Pope John Paul II]

Family Day + StB

December 16, 2007 Leave a comment

2007 SJV Miami Family Day MassMIAMI FAMILY DAY — today, Archbishop Favalora hosts all the Miami seminarian & their families for a Mass & luncheon.  We started the morning with a seminarian group picture in our black suits (for a vocation poster) at ~9:45am.  I served as “cross bearer” for the 11am Massby the grace of God, I didn’t fall over with that heavy 2-piece cross.  The Archbishop have a great sermon including family support and after Mass gave all the servers a “ring blessing.”  After Mass, we had a great lunch.
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Canolli & Apple CakeHOME PARISH — later in the afternoon, at my home parish St Bernadette (in Hollywood, FL), I joined the RCIT class for their Christmas party and served with incense with Mgsr Strano.

MOVIE The Nanny Diaries with Wendy’s & canolli.