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SPECIAL ISSUE 3 | MAY 30, 2022 


In the continuous celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity (YOC) in the Philippines and on this Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord and World Communications Sunday, our National Catechetical Study (NCS) 2021: Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project, presents this book publication entitled, Katekista In Manus Tuas (In Your Hands): A Handbook on Being, Becoming, & Belonging to A Catechetical Ministry in the Philippines. This is part of the series of special E-news issues highlighting the Seven Catechetical Book Gifts to our Catholic Church produced by the NCS.

This book, written by the NCS Research Team and catechists from the Diocese of Imus, aims to give research-based insights from an examination of catechetical human resources for those who wish to enhance their ministries and their respective apostolates. The book's title, "In Manus Tuas", is drawn from Bp. Roberto Mallari's episcopal motto in memory of his service as Chair of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) - Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) from 2016 to 2021. It is divided into eight main chapters, namely: (1) An Introduction; (2) Being a Catechist: Recruitment & Selection; (3) Becoming a Catechist: Formation; (4) Becoming a Catechist: Apostolate Monitoring, Assessment, & Feedback; (5) Becoming a Catechist: Welfare & Wellness; (6) Belonging to a Catechetical Ministry: Relations & Concerns; (7) Belonging to a Catechetical Ministry: Catechetical Planning, Documentation, & Research; and (8) The Catechist in All of Us.

A PDF version of this book is available here on our website.
Let us go forth and share this blessing!  

Mabuhay ang mga Katekistang Lingkod ng Pilipinas!

Salamat po Poong Maykapal sa patnubay sa aming Simbahang Katolika!


Katekista In Manus Tuas (In Your Hands)
A Handbook on Being, Becoming, & Belonging to A Catechetical Ministry in the Philippines
Click here to download for free at the NCS website!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt. 28:19-20, RSVCE). This challenge of missio ad gentes (mission to the nations), therefore, corresponds not only to the being, becoming, and belonging of catechists but also concerns that of the nations—their being, becoming, and belonging to the Catholic Church through the work of catechesis. This “work” is not simply that of an occupation or a business firm. Traversing through the handbook are not corporate hands; rather they are volunteering, helping, offering, loving, communal, and communicating. This self-giving for the mission of the Church and not for one’s material gain is what elevates catechists among the roster of teachers.

True to its name, this handbook is a ‘hand book’ – a book full of hands, an essential part of the body through which a servant in the Lord’s vineyard can do his/her mandate. This word, which means “command” or “instruction”, comes from the Latin words manus (meaning “hand”) and dere (meaning “give”) (Partridge, 1966). Suffice to say, this handbook named In Manus Tuas gives a helping hand in the catechetical mandate of the Church.

Excerpt from "A Catechetical Primer of A Young Filipino Catholic" in Chapter 8.

    To learn more about the different aspects of the book, the authors and contributors share their remarks during the Online Launching of Katekista In Manus Tuas held last Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

Also, check out a portion of our Conference on Catechetical Ministry in the Philippines (CCMP) held last September 28, 2021, where the NCS Reseach Team and the catechists from the Diocese of Imus, who are also contributors of Katekista in Manus Tuas, discussed the Catechetical Human Resources in the Philippines during our Kwentong Katekista 10: Presentation of Research-based Intervention Outcomes (RIO).   

    LOOK: Limited PRINT versions of Katekista In Manus Tuas for distribution to various Ecclesiastical Territories through Katekista Book Caravan (KBC) to be scheduled soon.

Katekista In Manus Tuas launching set in Imus Diocese on July 26
This coming July 26, 2022, Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the Diocesan Ministry on Catechesis of the Diocese of Imus and the NCS 2021: PARI Project Team will launch Katekista In Manus Tuas, a book publication to which catechists from the Diocese of Imus contributed, during the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, Imus City, Cavite.

We delightfully extend our joyful greetings to the catechists of the Diocese of Imus for this unique contribution to the Catholic Church in the Philippines through the helping hand they extended in its writings.

Everyone is enjoined in prayer for this blessed occasion.
Katekista Book Caravan (KBC) at the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union

    With the recent launching of the seven book publications of NCS 2021: PARI Project last April 28, 2022 at the University of Santo Tomas, one of the first to receive the fruits of our labor are the catechists of the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union. This Diocese, under the ecclesiastical province of Lingayen-Dagupan, is headed by Bp. Daniel O. Presto.
We hope that our seven-book collection will be a lasting contribution to help in the continuous improvement of Catechetical Ministry (CM) in our country. This collection is composed of four catechetical modules, and three research-based outputs – a book of research poems, a handbook on CM, and a research monograph.
This research initiative was conducted from 2016 to 2021 in partnership with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE), and the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) under the National Catechetical Study 2016- 2021 – Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project, which endeavored to examine the current state of CM in five dimensions, namely, the catechists, catechetical leaders, catechized, catechetical formation programs, and catechetical human resources. The project also implemented Research-based Intervention Outcome (RIO) initiatives that introduced various strategies such as family, digital, youth, adult, bible, and creative catechesis to re-energize CM across Ecclesiastical Territories. The general message of these research initiative, interventions, and publications lead to the path of new evangelization, and the insightful discovery of “The Catechist in All of Us”.
All books, RIO initiatives, and research activities may be accessed online thru Please share this news to your families, friends, parishes, and communities.

Message of Most Rev. Roberto C. Mallari, DD in Katekista In Manus Tuas

Editorial Team

Clarence M. Batan
Vincent Reuben E. Valientes
Gracelle C. Tungbaban
Jayson U. Dela Cruz
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