Mission Northampton have produced a series of 12 short teaching and testimony videos that catechists can use to help them share the Gospel message (the kerygma). The Gospel themed videos feature a variety of people from our Diocese who have generously shared their talents, faith stories and time to help bring this project to fruition .
Why is it necessary to support catechists in their sharing of the core Gospel Message?
Because,as Pope Francis makes clear in his Exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’:
“In catechesis too, we have rediscovered the fundamental role of the first announcement or kerygma, which needs to be the centre of all evangelising activity and all efforts at Church renewal… On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over:
‘Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you.’
… it is the principal proclamation, the one which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment…Nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation. All Christian formation consists of entering more deeply into the kerygma…” (para 164, 165)
These videos then are a practical tool for catechists to use. They can easily be inserted into any catechesis session or catechetical programme to help share the life-giving message of the Gospel.
The 12 videos are now available for use on the Catechesis page of Diocesan website. (Website reference)
As they are online they can be easily shared as part of in person or virtual catechetical sessions or even in informal conversations with friends as family as a tool to share faith and foster Christ-centred conversations with those who are seeking and asking questions about life and faith.
The Catechesis webpage also features other resources including a vision paper ‘Our Mission as Catechists’ as well as a ‘Catechists Brochure’ which outlines the various courses and support opportunities available for catechists in the Diocese. There is also a monthly Catechists Newsletter that is available on request for anyone who would like to keep in touch with news and opportunities for catechists. We hope and pray that the videos will be a blessing to you and those who you share your faith with.