To teach or not to teach, that is the question. It is that time of year again. CCD will be starting up in another month and our parish needs teachers. I have been an on again-off again catechist for years. I feel compelled to teach in one form or another which is probably why I am blogging. However, do I really want to commit to a year of teaching seventh graders in preparation for confirmation? You see, my desire is to teach the parents of these seventh graders so that they can properly prepare their own children. My frustration with teaching CCD is that I feel like I am working independently of rather than in conjunction with parents. Parents must be the primary catechists. Unfortunately, as with most Catholic parishes, we don’t have an established culture of adult religious education. So here is my dilemma. Do I break new ground and work to initiate a parents’ religious education program or do I put my energy into the established program and hope I can teach the children well enough to have a “trickle up” effect on the parents? Is there a way to do both?
My idea for a starting point for a parent’s class is the book Keeping your Kids Catholic by Bert Ghezzi. This book offers great insights and practical advice for passing the Faith to children from toddlers to teens. I read it when my oldest was just starting school then read it again when my youngest was starting school. Different parts of the book become more relevant as children age and life circumstances change so it is well worth reading again and again. The format of the book is easily adapted to an adult education group since each chapter is followed by discussion questions.
Our wonderful DRE really needs teachers. She is a lovely lady committed to giving our kids an orthodox Catholic education.This is no happy-clappy Catholic Lite program. I know I am able to teach, but is this where I want to expend my energy? I promised her I would pray about it and I will. I guess the question is not really to teach or not to teach. It is, “what is my will and what is God’s?”