Communicating the faith, sustaining the ardour for evangelization. Among the most vital adopted communities, very close to our hearts is Taal Central School which willingly opens its doors to OLCA SVCs (Student Volunteer Catechists) for Catechism. OLCAns strongly affirm that the need for catechizing the children in the faith of the Mother Church is rooted in its Biblical foundation. It is indeed crystal clear in Deuteronomy 6:6-10, “…after God has told how important His commandments and teachings are, he states that we are to have them upon our hearts and to press them on to our children, to talk about them when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and get up, tying them as symbols on our hands and foreheads, and writing them on the doorframes of our homes (NKJV).” Likewise, Catechesi Tradendae, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II on Catechesis of Our Time, explicitly upheld, “… Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”
The catechism provides us the structure to do this. OLCA, being an active partner of the local church in evangelization intensifies even more its catechism in Taal Central School. When TCS started offering education for children with special needs (CSN) e.g., those who have speech impairment, its administration recognized that they are also spiritual and moral persons needed to be nurtured with their faith. Relevantly, there have been SVCs specially preparing lessons for the CSNs based on the assessed needs of these children.
Sharing faith and nurturing minds. This is the mantra of Catechism classes which are regularly conducted by the SVCs. Even with traditional Socratic method, the students are engaged with the end in mind that they are not only spiritually nourished with Basic Christian Doctrines, the basic tenets of CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) or CFC (Catechism for Filipino Catholics), but more importantly, are able to relate these with their life experiences anchored on faith, on the simplest ways possible. The regular child-friendly classroom setting provides these young minds the comfortable and homey learning niche while they nurture their faith in God with the help of their big OLCAn brothers and sisters.