LINCOLN (SNR) – Twenty-eight catechists from the western portion of the Diocese of Lincoln attended the first “Western Catechist Retreat” in McCook Jan. 7.
Father Adam Sughroue was the retreat master and shared many stories of how he helps the youth at Hastings Catholic Schools encounter the love of Jesus and the Father all through the power of the Holy Spirit. Father Sughroue is also pastor of St. Ann Parish in Doniphan and Sacred Heart Parish in Kenesaw.
In his opening talk, Father Sughroue emphasized “you can’t give what you don’t have,” so it is essential for catechists to foster their own living relationships with God the Father, first and foremost. He encouraged this through silence in prayer, and out of the confident knowledge of being a son or daughter of God the Father, in whom He is well pleased, to be a conduit of God’s love to the students they catechize.
Reconciliation, Adoration, confessions and Mass were also part of the retreat. Katie Dubas, director of youth ministry for the nine parishes of the Grant Deanery, said it was a beautiful time to “clean out the sin to make more room to be filled with the graces and love of the Blessed Trinity.”
Father Andrew Heaslip, director of religious education for the Diocese of Lincoln, was pleased with the turnout and said he hoped it could be an annual event.
A meeting for catechists of the Grant Deanery will be held Feb. 1 in Imperial from 6 to 8 p.m. (MT). The event will be held in St. Patrick’s parish hall, and supper will be provided.
Father Matthew Eickhoff, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Benkelman and St. Joseph Parish in Stratton, will deliver the keynote address, “Praying from the Heart.”