I too was laid off this past June after being a DRE for 10 years, and a catechist for longer. Our programs, elementary and junior high were moved to the larger parish. It was hurtful because of the way it was done.
We had been using the program, " Image of God" and the new director has replaced this by an evangelical protestant program, called "Buzz". Apparently no lesson planning is necessary, the lessons arrive in a box, materials included. They program runs for most of the year, and the teachers will add some Catholic content at the end of the year.
I too am praying for direction in my life. I really loved teaching the faith and directing the program. But it is not an easy job, and without the support of the pastor, nearly impossible. I don't think I would do this job again.
I feel that my time off is a sort of sabbatical which we all need from time to time.
God bless you all in the important and life-giving work that you do!
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