As you know so well, Adult Studies of the Catechism has been established in the Diocese of Cloyne and several of our priests and parishioners have led the way as spiritual directors and facilitators of the study groups. It can take some courage to get started but they speak highly of the experience. This movement has lead to over 70 people completing the study in May of 2017 and a further group in the Youghal area who are currently concluding their study. Some people shy away from the idea of adult studies and from the idea of catechism, whereas in fact, what is involved is so much more – it is formation in faith with and alongside others. I believe one could even dare to call it a pilgrimage in faith which changes peoples’ lives forevermore. See www.catechism.ie
Many of the participants have become involved in their parishes in new ways because of being formed comprehensively in their faith. The study group meets regularly and participants essentially become a family of faith over time. The participants are truly encouraged in their Church and they yearn to become more active in their parish communities. Indeed, there has even been the initiation of discernment by some in priestly and religious vocations because of the study.
In light of the World Meeting of Families on the horizons, I want to put the call out to Priests, Deacons, Parish Pastoral Councils, Teachers, Parish Catechists and all parishioners and interested persons to consider establishing an adult studies group next September. It is surprisingly straightforward to set a group in motion and I am willing and able to help with it. To you who have participated in the study so far, my heartfelt thanks for your witness and commitment. I would ask you to become missionary disciples in your community to convince others now to take this transformative journey.
As a preparation for it, I would like to highlight to an important event in Knock in April (Friday April 20th or Saturday April 21st) which will give a wonderful overview of what is involved. Details of that event, together with booking form, can be found here.