The catechetical Ministry of the Catechetical Unit of Rachol Seminary began with a general body meeting on 7th June 2016, at 9:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the Rachol Seminary. During this academic year (2016-2017) the students of third year of theology were introduced to the weekend ministry in parishes. The seminars were organized exclusively for the Catechists on the prophets and their role in history of salvation. Thus, the first catechetical seminar held on 10th July, 2016 dealt with the minor prophets; Nahum, Habakuk, Zephaniah, Micah, etc . The seminar was co-ordinated by sem. JovierBarreto. The second catechetical seminar held on 25th September, 2016 dealt with the remaining minor prophets viz. Hagai, Malachi and Zechariah, thereby ending the section of minor prophets. In addition to it a session was given to the catechists on the life of Ven.Fr. Agnelo D’Souza. The seminar was co-ordinated by sem. Agnel Simoes.
The culmination of the Catechetical activity of Rachol Seminary took place on 19th February, 2017. It was attended by catechists and children from 19 different centres numbering 450. The chief guest for the function was Mrs. Maria Estela Velho, a senior catechist at the Our Lady of Livramento Chapel, Arlem-Raia.
The celebrations for the day began with the Eucharistic celebration at 9:30 a.m. The day was full of activities having multiple competitions. The children along with the catechists from the 19 centres energetically participated in all the competitions. The prizes were won in the following manner.
|Competition||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Biblical Fancy Dress||St. Francis Xavier – Borim||Our Lady of Gloria chapel- Ihae de Rachol||Sacred Heart Chapel- Ambaji|
|Parable Acting||St. Alex Church-Curtorim||St. Francis Xavier – Borim||Sacred Heart Chapel- Ambaji|
|Wealth out of Waste||St. Francis Xavier – Borim||St. Sebastian Chapel- Virabhatt||Sacred Heart Chapel- Ambaji|
|T-shirt Painting||St. Sebastian Chapel- Virabhatt||St. Francis Xavier – Borim||Our Lady of Rosary Chapel- Zhorivaddo|
|Flower Making||Our Lady of Snows- Rachol||St. Alex Church-Curtorim||St. Francis Xavier – Borim|
|Quiz||Sacred Heart Chapel- Ambaji||Our Lady of Rosary Chapel- Zhorivaddo||Our Lady of Gloria chapel- Ihae de Rachol|
|Early Bird||St. Joseph Chapel- Davorlim|
|Farthest Parish||Guardian Angel Church- Sanvordem|
|Overall winner||St. Francis Xavier – Borim||Sacred Heart Chapel- Ambaji||St. Alex Church-Curtorim|
The curtains for the day were brought down by the prize distribution ceremony that was held in the Seminary Auditorium at 2.15 p.m.