September 9, 2023

The Fourth Quarterly Assembly of the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM) was held last September 9, 2023, at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium.

The on-going formation started with the prayers of the Holy Rosary, the recitation of the Christian Prayer, followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

The Holy Mass was presided by the CFAM minister, Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo. In his homily, our minister reiterated the importance of cultivating a deep passion for the Church among catechists. He pointed out that this passion should be the driving force behind our dedication and commitment to our role as catechists within the community.

Before the Mass concluded, the book, Trellis “Gabay sa Pagdirwang ng Mga Sakramento ng Panimulang Pagpasok” was officially launched by Sir Eduardo Frando. He acknowledged the important role of the parents and god-parents as first catechist’ of their children to whom this book was developed in mind as they prepare for the reception of the Sacraments of Christian initiation.

The significance of this book lies in its overarching objective, to provide essential guidance and support to various segments of the faith community, particularly the parents, god-parents, catechists, and even children and youth, with the ultimate aim of guiding them to an active, conscious and meaningful celebration of the sacraments.

The morning break was followed by the main agenda of the gathering; the workshop on the  "TRASLACION ROADMAP" of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) with the theme "JOURNEYING TOWARDS A SYNODAL CHURCH IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA."

In the morning session, Rev. Fr. Rany P. Geraldo, Ph.D., our guest speaker and member of the working committee of the “Traslacion Roadmap” preparation emphasized the importance of the RCAM ROADMAP. Some of his insights shared are the following:

1. Strategic planning plays a critical role in the performance of any institution.

2. What gets measured gets managed. What can be managed can be improved.

3. Better outcomes require new and better ways of doing things.

4. Data is the new gold.

5. Only a new mindset will help the RCAM  successfully navigate the changing normal together with its challenges.

The thoughts shared by Rev. Fr. Rany P. Geraldo, Ph.D., emphasize the significance of strategic planning, informed decision-making through data analysis, innovation, and the ability to adapt within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. These fundamental principles hold relevance not only for RCAM but also for various organizations, particularly in our ministry (CFAM) which strives to flourish in an ever-evolving and dynamic setting.

In the afternoon session, Ms. Eleanor Dionisio, our second guest speaker and another member of the Traslacion Roadmap team, facilitated a workshop for the catechists on the creation of strategic plans, measurement strategies, and strategic initiatives. After discussing the key concepts and areas of the roadmap, the catechists were divided into smaller groups, to discuss and develop a particular strategic plan according to their needs and situation as catechists.

During these sessions, the catechists engaged in collaborative conversations and brainstorming to formulate well-thought-out and effective plans aimed at enhancing the CFAM Ministry.

After the collaborative brainstorming and the exchange of ideas among the small group members, the activity concluded with the presentation and sharing of their output with the big group. The presented plans and initiatives were recognized as important outputs in the planning and development of the CFAM roadmap.

CFAM-OGF concluded with the closing prayer and the community singing of "The Mission." The song carries profound meaning, symbolizing not just our mission but also our role as devoted servants of the Church.

The day has been filled with joy, enthusiasm, and a profound sense of purpose, making it a truly meaningful gathering for CFAM Catechists. The coming together of catechists strengthens the bonds and deepens the dedication to spread the teachings of the Church and nurture the faith of those we serve.

Happy September Catechetical Month!