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‘God, I thank you for ... Kerygma’

The art of injecting the Good News into PSR classes

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Editor’s Note: Catechists all over the diocese, in service to the Church, give much time to the formation of our children.  Following is Part II of the recently presented Catechist Formation Session.  This session focused on how Catechists might make the services they provide even more effective.

Is Catholic teaching in PSR classes a bit too formal?
According to Coleen Stein, Coordinator of Catechist Formation, Catholic Parish School of Religion classes could use a dose of “Kerygma.”
Stein spoke along with Bishop Emeritus Ronald M. Gilmore to catechists at an ITV (Interactive Television) presentation Sept. 4 and 7.
Kerygma doesn’t necessarily have anything do with the distribution of information. So why would Stein encourage its use in the classroom?
Kerygma, she explained, is the “essential news of Jesus”. Instead of enriching the student’s general knowledge about the Catholic Church, Kerygma is about enriching their faith.
It all starts with “proclamation.” “Kerygma is the essential news of Jesus, as preached by the early Christians to elicit faith rather than to educate or instruct,” Stein said.
“I have seen it over and over again -- in PSR classes, in RCIA sessions, in Sacramental Preparation; people think that a formal teaching with facts about our Catholic Faith will stick. I am proposing that it is ones’ experience in the light of the Catholic teaching that sticks.”    
She urged catechists – whether they are teaching children, youth, or adults – to “share a witness of how they live their faith.”
She said that religious education is at times guilty of being so goal-oriented and curriculum-conscious “that it loses sight of its mission to minister to the religious life of the child.”  
Stein noted that PSR classes often begin with the praying of the Hail Mary. But, she added, the Hail Mary may not be the best prayer to recite, for example, following a presentation of a story about Jesus healing a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment.
“A better prayer would be to ask the child to pray for someone who has a disability,” Stein said.
“If a child feels that they must pray, there is a type of a switch within them that is set off automatically; they repeat phrases worn out with use, phrases that do not relate in any way to their interior state.”  
Kerygma is not restricted to catechists. Stein suggested that when it is time for prayer, catechists and parents alike invite the children to respond to:      
“God, I thank you for … and ….”
“God, I ask you for….”
“We can pray by inviting each child to give a verbal response; we can pray by recording the answers of each child on a piece of paper; we can pray by drawing; we can pray by dancing.  The most important thing is that it is the child’s prayer and not our own.”
One other important piece in teaching children to pray is to allow them intervals of silence – a silence that at times mistakenly leads an adult to believe that the prayer is finished.      
“The adult should learn how to wait because that silence is also prayer.  The adult should learn to be respectful of the child’s rhythm, which is much slower than our own.  
“…The most important thing to help the children pray from their hearts is to present the Kerygma first in a powerful way, and then have the prayer -- their prayer -- follow the proclamation, teaching and activities.”
This way, she said, “The prayer comes from the child’s heart and what the child understood about the proclamation. The prayer from the child becomes genuine.”
Resources:
“A New Look at Prayer, Searching for Bliss” by Bill Huebsch
“The Religious Potential of the Child” by Sofia Cavalletti

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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