Cate-what-enate? “Catechumenate” is an old word that goes back to the earliest days of the Church, which describes how new Christians were welcomed into the Church and taught the faith (often using “catechisms”).
At Trinity, we have created a process for welcoming young people as they prepare to profess their faith in Jesus Christ, receive baptism, and/or become active members of the church. It’s similar to confirmation, and invites young people (who we call “catechumens”) to assume adult responsibility for their faith. This year's catechumens are: Poey, Lena, Max, Daniel, Zach and Malia.
This Sunday, Feb 22nd, the congregation will bless the catechumens as they enter a new stage in the process. During Lent, the catechumens will hear stories from mature Christians and be accompanied by adult prayer mentors on a retreat where they will pray and talk together in preparation for baptism and/or public affirmation of their faith. Also, during Lent they will individually read and journal on the Gospel of Mark.
The entire Trinity family is invited to be praying for our catechumens, their teachers, and their mentors throughout this season of Lent. May we all discover along the way the richness and joy found in Christ.