This year’s annual Formation and Creativity Day, which took place on 20 August, attracted approximately 600 people.
Mass was said by Bishop Duncan Tsoke, Catechetical Department Vicar, Fr Peter Doherty and Fr Phuti Makgabo.
The bishop thanked the catechists saying: “We appreciate the zeal and devotion with which you carry out the important task of instructing others, helping parents raise their children in the faith, teaching what Jesus taught.”
Fr Lawrence Ndlovu delivered the keynote address titled: ‘The Year of Mercy: A meeting at the Courtyard of the Gentiles’. The phrase, Courtyard of the Gentiles, refers to 19/20 BC when King Herod reconstructed the Temple in Jerusalem.
He created areas that were reserved for the people of Israel. Then he made a space which all were allowed to enter. People would gather and ask questions about God and responses were given respectfully and with compassion.
The Year of Mercy is, for the creation of this space, this Courtyard, he said.
“The role of a catechist is to make sacraments accessible to all those who seek them. It is not to identify who is worthy but to ensure that they are worthy.
“By doing this, you will be taking the person who is in the courtyard enquiring and inviting them in. Work tirelessly to bring them into the fold,” he concluded.
Head of the Catechetical Department, Sr Tarsyja Groblica, said Jesus is in the Blessed Sacrament every day of the week in all churches around the world, yet we reserve visiting him to Sundays.
Paul Faller from the Catholic Institute of Education, presented a session on ‘Meditation in the Word of God for children’.
“Human beings are made up of body, soul and spirit. Meditation has a profound effect on these aspects,” he said.
There were various sessions on how to prepare for engaging and creative classes. Special Religious Development’s (SPRED) topic was The Year of Mercy in SPRED programme.
Christian Dance Fellowship of South Africa taught participants how to praise and give thanks to God using one’s body. Sandra Petronio and Stanley Rangan shared on how to use scrap paper creatively.