Handing on the faith to children, youth and their families is truly a ministry, not just a job. It is a moment in the evangelizing mission of our church, as St. John Paul II wrote in his apostolic exhortation on catechesis in our time, Catechesi Tradendae.

The opening days of the religious education or catechetical year can be stressful for parents. Just multiply that by the number of children in the program. This would give you a pretty good idea of what the director or coordinator is doing. Accepting late registrations. Orienting catechists, largely volunteer and often new. Making sure all adults associated with the program complete background checks. Coordinating with the pastor’ and others in the parish office. Scheduling the parents’ sessions and the family experiences. And more. It’s not easy, particularly when the director or coordinator’s position is a part-time one. So much to do. So little time. This requires many virtues, especially that of a generous heart

The Ignatian Spirituality website has adapted the wonderful prayer for generosity by St. Ignatius Loyola to the experience of those who lead parish religious education. Whoever adapted it is clearly a religious educator. Here it is for you to pray and share, especially if you are a religious educator or have a child in a religious education program.