Catechist Spotlight | Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

Catechist Spotlight

Jennifer Badolato has dedicated 10 years to the Our Lady of Hope Religious Education program.  She was a 7th grade Aide for 7 years and an 8th grade Catechist for 3 years.  Her children Gina and Julia are alumni of the program, and Leo will be in the 8th grade RE class this year.  A teacher by training and then a stay-at-home mom, Jenn decided to volunteer to increase her knowledge of the faith.  She loves teaching 8th grade because the focus is on putting faith into action and taking responsibility for your relationship with God.  One of the special projects her students complete is making a Mass journal to reflect on the Gospels and to practice their knowledge of the faith.   Jenn encourages everyone to volunteer for Religious Education.  “It’s so worth it!  You get ten-fold back what you put into it.  Don’t worry if you don’t feel you know enough to teach.  There will be times when you won’t know the answer to your student’s questions, and that is ok. The important thing is that you are willing to be there to help them grow in the faith, even as you are still growing yourself.”

Posted on July 31, 2021