Catechists receive recognition and encouragement

Some 30 catechists were recognised for their generous ministry over many years at the annual Catechist Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on 9 February.

Director of the Office of Life and Faith, John Donnelly, welcomed the congregation, saying that we were gathered to ask a blessing on the year’s work and to acknowledge milestones achieved by individual catechists.

Bishop Bill presided, saying how appropriate it was that this acknowledgement take place within a celebration of eucharist: “the great thanksgiving prayer of the Church”.

Following the gospel of the healing of a deaf man, he reminded the congregation that, “At some stage in life, dear friends, God has opened your ears to the good news …. this gift is being brought to our little ones by you, and you’ve seen them get it, one way or another!

“Tonight’s theme is goodness – God’s goodness to us and the goodness of the people who have stepped forward …. The source of goodness is not us – we speak the word that comes from the source of goodness.”

The hymn after communion was composed by Basil Morrow and sung by Basil and Annette Morrow.

We proclaim the Word,
We give witness to children.
Share with them our faith and love.
In praise of God.

The following catechists were recognised for their generous service:

5 years

Lynette Huckstadt

Maitland

Gail Williams

Rutherford

Therese Harris

Rutherford

Katy Wilks

Maitland

Marian Campbell

Maitland

Ailis Macpherson

East Maitland

Angela Caroll

Denman

Anne Marie Peebles

Merriwa

Alexis Antonia

Nelson Bay

Kristy-Anne Wakeford

Raymond Terrace

Doreen Hatton

Kurri Kurri

Natalie Eades

Kurri Kurri

 

10 years

Margaret Smith

East Maitland

Margo Nancarrow

Rutherford

Janet Mackenzie-Smith

Myall Coast

Desie Erhart

Raymond Terrace

Vicki Faith

Sugarloaf

Jennie Nolan

Sugarloaf

 

15 years

Judy Crittenden

Maitland

Trish Low

Blackbutt North

Lidy Waanders

Raymond Terrace

Beverly Knight

Myall Coast

Ariadhne Labour

Myall Coast

 


20 years

Trish Bowe

East Maitland

 

25 years

Ann Hogan

Morpeth

Bev Johns

Cessnock

Anne Marie Arkell

East Maitland

Naomi Smith

Blackbutt North

Catherine Parsons

Kurri Kurri

 

30 Years

Zofia Slupik

Lochinvar

Neil McGoldrick

Blackbutt North

 

 

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Tracey Edstein is the former editor of Aurora Magazine, the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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