Twenty new Parish Catechists have recently completed a two-year study course for the Certificate in Catechesis awarded by the UK-based Maryvale Institute.
On Friday 8th November at the Cathedral of Ss Mary and Anne, Cork, Bishop Fintan Gavin commissioned them to serve in parishes of the diocese.
Bishop William Crean, Cloyne, also commissioned ten Parish Catechists for service in the Diocese of Cloyne.
Twenty previously commissioned catechists were also recommissioned for a further four years of service.
The primary ministry of catechists in parishes is to accompany and offer faith formation to parents whose children are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation as well as offering other faith development initiatives for all parishioners.
The course is organised and coordinated by Fr Charlie Kiely and Sr Karen Kent of the Pastoral Development Office in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
In his homily at the Mass of Commissioning Fr Charlie Kiely — referring to the Gospel of the Good Shepherd — spoke to the catechists about keeping their eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and awaiting his signal to guide them into action.