Catechesis at home made easy with The Joyful Journey programme

Parenting has become a momentous task, especially in this day and age, and it is not always easy to show children how to live our faith.

Jul 17, 2021


KUALA LUMPUR:
Parenting has become a momentous task, especially in this day and age, and it is not always easy to show children how to live our faith. This has been especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, as families and parents face increasing pressure to guide their children’s faith at home now that physical Masses and catechism have been put on hold until the situation improves.

These circumstances led a team of catechists from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) and the KL Archdiocesan Catechetical Ministry to come together to create The Joyful Journey – a Parent-Child Programme.

The Joyful Journey is a new initiative by the Ministry that was launched in response to a need for catechesis at home during the Movement Control Order (MCO).It is meant for families with children aged three to nine years and hopes to assist parents in their efforts to create a home environment that would encourage children’s holistic growth – especially in their relationship with God.

The programme consists of various activities and reflections centred around a monthly theme. Each theme incorporates activities for children in the different age groups that will help them experience their faith in a deeper way. The programme materials and resources were put together by the CGS team of catechists from the different parishes in the KL Archdiocese and made available to all through a Google Classroom hosted by the Catechetical Ministry.

The team spared no effort in ensuring that the language would be simple and clear, so that parents would be able to understand the information and share it with their children. Parents are also encouraged to learn more about the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic faith from these activities with their children.

The catechists from the Church of St Thomas More, who created the materials for the month of June, shared that each catechist contributed ideas and their respective strengths to put the material together. “We did our best to ensure the language used was simple enough to be understood by children as young as three years old".

A catechist from the Church of the Sacred Heart, Peel Road, said that she had selected the materials from her own collection and searched the Internet for activities that would be relevant to the theme and enjoyable both for the children and their parents.

The catechists and coordinators hope that The Joyful Journey programme will not only benefit the children, but will also help parents to better understand and appreciate the beauty of God’s love through the Catholic faith.

Since its launch on June 4 this year, there have been up to 200 users in the Classroom. The material will be updated on a weekly basis. Access to the Classroom is open to all via this link: https://bit.ly/3hCXcIn

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