In the absence of Alison Francis, the Catechist’s report was read by Marlene Atkinson.
As I reported last year regrettably our numbers continue to decline as St Mary’s and St Columba’s now offer classes for sacramental preparation. Previously we held classes for all the children in the Inverness area who do not attend the catholic primary school, encouraging participation from P1 through to P7, enabling faith development through covering the syllabus recommended in ‘This is Our Faith’ and used in the catholic schools.
We currently have 18 children registered that attend classes, most meeting on a Monday between 4pm -5pm, and some meeting between 5pm – 6pm. We try our best to be as flexible as possible if a parent for whatever reason cannot bring their child to classes on a Monday. This year we have an extra class after Mass on Sunday and one child is visited at home.
We have 3 children preparing for Reconciliation (the date to be arranged) and 8 children are preparing to make their First Holy Communion on Sunday 14th June.
In October last year we were sorry to say goodbye to Catherine McDougall from the catechism team. Catherine has now retired from the weekly classes, but has very kindly offered to step in, when required, for which we are very grateful. We had a small party for Catherine at the end of term, where the children, parents and catechists showed their appreciation for all her hard work and dedication.
Classes will finish on Monday 15th June with our usual end of term party and will resume again in September after the children return to school. Marlene added the following comments:
There are 16 candidates for Confirmation this year – 14 on a Monday and 2 candidates who couldn’t join the Monday class whom I taught at home.
If it weren’t for Alison there probably wouldn’t be any Catechism classes. She does a lot of work behind the scenes and helps to make the classes run smoothly.