What are all the things I am trying to “hold together” as a leader in catechesis?

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On behalf of those you serve and your colleagues in ministry thank you for making the time for personal and professional reflection by utilizing NCEA’s Year of Faith weekly reflections. The goal was to provide you, an NCEA/NPCD member, with an opportunity to renew your relationship with Jesus Christ and reflect on your baptismal call to share the Gospel as a person of faith and as a Catholic educator.

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pray before the second day of proceedings at the bishops' annual fall meeting Nov. 12 in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

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Year of Faith: A Reflection for Catechetical Leaders

On behalf of those you serve and your colleagues in ministry thank you for making the time for personal and professional reflection by utilizing NCEA’s Year of Faith weekly reflections. The goal was to provide you, an NCEA/NPCD member, with an opportunity to renew your relationship with Jesus Christ and reflect on your baptismal call to share the Gospel as a person of faith and as a Catholic educator. Click to learn more about the intentional formation structure used in each reflection to help you reflect on your being, knowing, and artistry as a Christian disciple, evangelizer and catechist.
NCEA, through contributions from NPCD members, will continue to provide similar weekly reflections through 2014.

Week 59 – Solemnity of Christ the King and Closing of the Year of Faith

Colossians 1 verse 17: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Pope Francis, Address to Participants in the Year of Faith Pilgrimage and the International Congress on Catechesis. “Dear catechists … I thank you for everything that you do, but above all, because you are part of the Church, the pilgrim People of God, and you accompany God’s People on that pilgrimage. Let us remain with Christ – abiding in Christ – and let us always try to be one with him. Let us follow him, let us imitate him in his movement of love, in his going forth to meet humanity. Let us go forth and open doors. Let us have the audacity to mark out new paths for proclaiming the Gospel.”
What are all the things I am trying to “hold together” as a leader in catechesis? Do I abide in Christ so I can meet humanity with love in whatever I do?

Praying with and for you in this Year of Faith,

NPCD Executive Committee members & NCEA Religious Education Department staff