Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Archdiocese of Kampala called on guardians and parents to undertake catechetical instruction and subsequent training for their children during the lockdown so that they maintain uninterrupted faith initiation even during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Catechetical instruction is a very important element which helps young Christians and adult converts to understand the doctrines of the Catholic Church, especially the liturgy, prayers and morals. He also prepares converted children and adults for the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
The Archdiocese of Kampala has a separate department to undertake the work. Each parish has a responsible father who is helped by catechists. The training also has a curriculum with three basic levels including pre-Eucharistic lessons (Kalumwezi) taught to children aged 7-10, pre-confirmation and admission of converts commonly known as Mugigi (10-13 years).
The Director of the Department of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Kampala, the Rev. Joseph Mukasa Nkeera notes that confinement can in no way stop the initiation and enrichment of children in their faith, therefore a decision to turn to parents so that they assume the role which is largely exercised by catechists.
Rev. Timothy Lukananso, deputy pastor of the parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Rubaga, explains that when schools reopen and religious education classes resume, they will assess children individually to determine whether they have acquired basic skills in matter of basic religious doctrines.
Rev. Lukananso says that in addition to said assessment, which can be oral or written, catechists will try to give further teachings and candidates who have achieved satisfactory competence will receive subsequent sacraments which mark the end of each level.
However, the development has since met with mixed reactions from lay Christians, with a section opposing the request arguing that most parents may not be able to take on the task. Sarah Nabukenya, a resident of Nansana says that many parents do not know what to teach and how to impart it.
âYou can’t teach what you don’t know. Catechism classes are formal with a full curriculum and a range of subjects and subjects to teach. Leaving it to the parents may not be good, but we still cannot challenge the church, âsays Nabukenya.
On the contrary, Margret Nalugo, a resident of Rubaga says that ideally introducing children to the faith is a role of parents and godparents that had been abandoned.
âTeaching your children the basics of the faith, such as making the sign of the cross, reciting prayers and other teachings as given in the catechism book is something simple and any Catholic parent can do it. We studied the same things, âsays Nalugo
Reverend Father Nkeera also sided with Nalugo, saying the subject should not be seen as a complex subject and those who do not know what to teach their children should buy reading material which is sold cheaply in the parish in addition to the consultation. .