In a PCL…

Hi, it’s me!  Your Christian Service Coordinator! NO, wait, I’m your DRE!  No, no, I’m not; I’m your PCL! (Go ahead, say it: “My Who?)

Considering that I haven’t been able to summon up an article for quite a while, perhaps it’s true that I’ve been just as befuddled as everyone else by my new identity within the community. In the interest of simplicity, I did ask Fr. J.J. if my job title could be DRE, or Director of Religious Education. He said no. And he didn’t really elaborate, which leaves it now to us to figure out. Clever man, our pastor.

Where to start? Well, PCL is an abbreviation for Parish Catechetical Leader. Let’s break the phrase down. In my handy online dictionary, a Parish is defined as the local subdivision of a diocese committed to one pastor. I gotta admit, I’m delighted by that definition. As you probably already know, I am definitely a local-leaning gal, deeply concerned about – and happily entrenched in – the needs of my church family and our surrounding community. At the same time, I am committed to being a vital, vibrant contributor to our diocese and am head-over-heels dedicated to our current pastor. (And to our former and future pastors too, for that matter.)

Moving on: Catechetical means having to do with religious instruction. It is derived from the Greek word meaning to teach, and obviously brings with it a giant textbook, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. In that light, I’m again finding my new title quite suitable! With a degree in Secondary Education from Penn State and many years of teaching experience, I can confidently say that I am a teacher by heart and by trade. It’s my vocation. And as for that big, thick, potentially intimidating Catechism book… I have discovered that it’s not at all daunting once it’s open, and do enjoy delving into the riches within. I have even promised the rest of the education staff that as they do their reading assignments this summer, I will be reading the entire Catechism. So, I think that by September, if you want to call me Catechetical, you can honestly say it with great gusto. (Try it out; it’s funny!)

Lastly comes this: Leader. We have a better source than the dictionary for this one. Let’s simply remember what the Lord Himself teaches about leadership in chapter 13 of John’s gospel: “If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” A foot washer, that’s me: your servant, His disciple, and willing instrument of whatever graces will flow like water in between.

Gee, I’m more comfortable with the title now. How about you?

Your Pickle,

Marian Bart