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Bishop praises catechists on Pluscarden pilgrimage

The Bishop of Aberdeen has praised diocesan catechists for their service to the youth, and encouraged more laypeople to consider taking on catechetical roles.

At the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Pluscarden on June 30, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said catechesis is ‘a gift and grace.’

Thanking the 100-plus catechists in the diocese, he said: “This is to salute you, to thank you, to thank the Holy Spirit for you.

“I want to thank the parents who teach and mirror the basics and more to their children, take them to church, teach them to pray and say ‘sorry’ and be grateful, give them the name of Jesus.”


Testament teachers

Bishop Gilbert added that catechists are ‘precious’ and are ‘the successors of the ‘teachers the New Testament mentions.’

“Catechesis is an echo of the great voice and cry of creation and the truth of human nature, made in the image and likeness of God,” he said.

“An echo of the Bible and the Gospels. An echo of the prayers and art and teachings of the Church.

“Through catechesis, the great enveloping Word of God, who holds all things together, echoes in our poor words, in a very humble way, and the Holy Spirit makes it echo in the hearts of the listeners. Listen to them too: to their questions, and their world.”


Building numbers

There are a total of 112 catechists in Aberdeen Diocese, a number the bishop hopes to increase.

At the end of his homily, he said: “Let’s be grateful that, with all our bruises and wounds and angers and unfinished business, God has made us part of the whole thing: of his Son, of his Church, of this crazy, beautiful hope.

“We’ve been caught in the net woven by Christ and cast by the apostles. Sometimes, somehow, let’s give what we’ve received to those coming after. The Lord requires it. It is a must. The young deserve it.”

Bishop Gilbert also expressed gratitude to those in schools who prepare pupils for the Sacraments and teach them religious education, those engaged in children’s liturgy, parish groups, the community of St Andrew and the religious Sisters who evangelise the youth.

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