10 The Joy of serving in a Ministry - Shefalle K

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:24 AM ]
The word 'Joy' immediately brings to mind Pope Francis, and obviously so when one is in the midst of reflecting on his beautiful Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium' (The Joy of the Gospel) and having more than a year reflected on 'Amoris Laetitia' (The Joy of Love), considering that my ministry mostly caters to children and families. Children are always, in every season – bright or dim – joy personified, and infect their families with the same joy, coupled with innocence and firm faith in what they believe.

Being a catechist and one in-charge of the children's Mass, much of our service centres around bright faces, joyous hearts, opportunistic outlooks, positive vibes and a desire to always be on one's toes to give our best to glorify the Lord. In the last five years of my catechetical ministry, it has been the fervent desire of our Catechetics Team (Sunday School) to infuse joy in all we do, for that seems the best way to communicate Christ within us.

As every year, to make this year packed with the JOY of experiencing God through Scripture, Tradition and Church Magisterium, we aim to ponder on a subject rarely touched upon – the Holy Trinity. Indeed, the Holy Trinity is a mystery none have been able to solve to completion. The Catechism of the Catholic Church #234 very beautifully puts this: The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. Only a flashback to your childhood will tell you how interesting mystery stories and puzzles were, as you tickled your brain cells to explore. The catechists of Our Lady of Mercy parish, Pokhran (Thane Deanery) will explore and dissect their faith life this year by a thorough reflection on the Holy Trinity, communicated to families and parishioners through our website. Yet, even St Augustine – a great Doctor of the Church, needed a little child to lead him to understand the mystery, and so the children of our parish will be the harbingers of ideas and thoughts that will lead us to understand the works of the Trinity shaping our faith.