The Pastor's Column

Fr. Maina

Our Thanks To Pat Klein,
Religious Education Coordinator

Parents and Catechists lay the foundation of knowledge about life and God for children. The word catechism comes from the word ‘echo’ which means the repetition of sound. Catechism refers to the echo or repetition of God’s word through the heroic virtues and testimonies of the saints and missionaries as well as catechists when they bring people to Christ. Men and women continue to make possible what Christ urged his disciples to do: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations …” (Matthew 28:19).

Catechesis then becomes not just providing answers to questions about the Catholic faith, but “the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help men [and women] believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing, they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in his life, thus building up the body of Christ” (#4 Catechism of the Catholic Church).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions the organic and systematic nature of our faith, what St. John Paul II called the symphony of faith. Catechism then is seen as the way children become more human as they align their lives with the life of Christ. To align one’s life to that of Christ calls for an awareness of Christ’s doctrine as handed on through the Catholic Church and for making such doctrine meaningful in one’s life. There are four parts in the catechism that make the catechesis organic and systematic:

  1. What we believe is contained in the twelve articles of the Apostle’s Creed.
  2. Christian mystery talks about how the faith is celebrated in and centered on the seven sacraments.
  3. The life of Christ is structured around the Ten Commandments and
  4. Christian prayer is centered on the Our Father.

At this time, I would like to highlight the contribution, dedication, and zeal of Pat Klein to the Religious Education program that provides catechesis for school- aged children here at St. Catherine Labouré Parish. Father Mair invited Pat to take on the role of Religious Education Coordinator in our parish shortly before his retirement. Pat started her role the same time I was called to pastor St. Catherine Labouré in July of 2009. Now, Pat has expressed her desire to retire at the end of June 2018. In a letter she addressed to me and to the Catechists, she wrote in part:

“I have genuinely had many opportunities for spiritual and professional development by being the coordinator of religious education. While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will miss being with fellow catechists, staff members, and the religious education children at St. Catherine’s. I especially have enjoyed the past several months working with the Seminarians from Mundelein. They are the future of our Church.”

I can testify that Pat’s heart has always been in the right place as she has striven to make disciples out of the children who have come to the Sunday catechetical program. Pat has worked well with parents, and has cared for the children, seeing them as Christ’s children. Please join me in thanking Pat for her generosity and dedication.

Given this news, I hereby announce that the Religious Education Coordinator role is open and invite any parishioner who desires to help make disciples of our children to take on this role. If you are interested, please speak with me after any Mass or call me at the rectory.

May God bless you and your family.

Fr. Maina Waithaka
With you a Christian, for you a priest

Pat, we will miss your dedication, zeal and energy.
Mostly we will miss your leadership.
Thank you for all that you have done to hand on the faith to our children.
We wish you a relaxing retirement.