Mangaluru, March 24: Catechism Day was celebrated on Sunday March 21 at the Très Saint-Rédempteur Church in Derebail, here. The day began with a Eucharistic celebration led by the priest Socius and catechism mentor, Fr. Gerald Pinto, with catechism teachers, children, parents and parishioners. The liturgy was led by the children of the parish. The children’s choir added to the solemnity of the service. In his homily, Fr. Gerald Pinto mentioned the importance of catechism in shaping the lives of children. He clarified the theme assigned by the diocese – Respecting human life – Fruit of the catechism. He congratulated the students and the catechist team for the effort they have made to serve the Lord despite the difficult times of the pandemic situation.
Unlike in previous years, Catechism Day was celebrated in the church with the utmost simplicity, respecting the COVID-19 standards prescribed by the government. After the mass, the catechism coordinator, Edward Coelho, explained how the catechism classes were able to continue with a good number of children, which meant the power of the church and the competent leadership of the parish priest, the father. Austin Peres, with the team of catechists. , children and parents. He then welcomed everyone who was present for the celebration. Father Austin Peres then distributed souvenir flower plants to the teachers. Father Austin Peres, Father Gerald Pinto, Vice President of Parish Pastoral of Parishad Sheela D’Souza, PPP Secretary Gaulbert Pais and Coordinator Edward Coelho were the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
Gaulbert Pais in his address congratulated and explained the meaning and the need for catechism. Sheela D’Souza in her address greeted and underlined the role played by parents in allowing the parish to systematically carry out catechism classes. Father Austin Peres, director of the Catechism Mission appreciated the children, teachers and parents of the parish for their dedicated interest in helping children grow in the Catholic faith through catechism. It was indeed a moment of pride for all parents, teachers and children to have received these words of encouragement and appreciation from the parish priest. Father Austin thanked those who worked for the success of the catechism classes and the catechism day. Children who excelled in the catechism exam and had 100 percent attendance were awarded prizes. Catechist Dora D’Cunha proposed the vote of thanks. A pupil of X Std, Lenn Sequeira led the program which ended with a hymn. Towards the end, ice creams were distributed to the children and parents present.